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The role of cranial modification in identity formation

Mon, 22 Jan 18 00:05:40 -0800

It has long been recognized that the Inka incorporated diverse peoples into their empire, but how these ethnic groups developed historically during the political upheaval of the preceding Late Intermediate Period (LIP; AD 1100-1450) is only now receiving commensurate attention.

Researchers find first evidence of sub-Saharan Africa glassmaking

Thu, 18 Jan 18 00:11:30 -0800

Scholars from Rice University, University College London and the Field Museum have found the first direct evidence that glass was produced in sub-Saharan Africa centuries before the arrival of Europeans, a finding that the researchers said represents a 'new chapter in the history of glass technology.'

Portland State study shows pitfalls of using the term middle class

Thu, 18 Jan 18 00:03:20 -0800

Middle class describes an economic tier between rich and poor. It implies upward mobility and a break from poverty. But a recent article co-authored by Portland State University anthropologist Charles Klein shows that the term does little to shine a light on the real lives of people who make it into this social classification.

Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship

Wed, 17 Jan 18 00:12:20 -0800

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico. The study also suggests turkeys weren't only prized for their meat -- with demand for the birds soaring with the Mayans and Aztecs because of their cultural significance in rituals and sacrifices.

Cutting the cord is easier said than done

Wed, 17 Jan 18 00:06:30 -0800

Chances are someone in your life causes a lot of tension and stress. Difficult relationships are common and hard to evade. New research suggests that difficult people are likely to be found in contexts where people have less freedom to pick and choose their associates. Often it's family and co-workers - people you're stuck with, either because you need them or because you can't ignore them -- making it difficult to cut the cord.

New study demonstrates increased risk of heart disease after hysterectomy

Wed, 03 Jan 18 00:15:10 -0800

In an effort to reduce the associated increased risk of heart disease after hysterectomy, more surgeons are opting to leave a woman's ovaries intact. However, a new study shows that women (especially those aged younger than 35 years) having a hysterectomy with ovarian conservation are still at increased risk. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Redefining knowledge of elderly people throughout history

Wed, 03 Jan 18 00:11:20 -0800

An archaeologist from The Australian National University is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn't live much past 40 prior to modern medicine.

Easter Island had a cooperative community, analysis of giant hats reveals

Wed, 20 Dec 17 00:15:40 -0800

Analysis of giant stone hats found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely held belief that the ancient civilization had a warrior culture. According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers, including a professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, these stone hats suggest that the people of Rapa Nui were part of a supportive and inclusive community.

Vengeance is sweet and expensive

Tue, 19 Dec 17 00:13:10 -0800

Living together in communities requires mutual cooperation. To achieve this, we punish others when they are uncooperative. Scientists at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig discovered now that even six-year-old children feel the need to reprimand antisocial behavior, and that they are willing to take risks and make an effort to be present when the guilty one is punished.

Violence a matter of scale, not quantity, researchers show
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame studying violence found the