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17 Jul 2019
SE Asia Humans

At https://phys.org/news/2019-07-southeast-asia-crowded-archaic-human.html ... SE Asia was crowded with archaic human groups long before modern humans turned up - going back 50,000+ years ago. This is according to a new study in PNAS. The theory is now that the ancestors of modern humans living in the area met and genetically mixed with the various archaic groups by reason they have left behind a small genetic signature. We may note the smallness of that signature is convenient as it allows the Out of Africa mantra to be defended.

16 Jul 2019
Sanctuary at Naxos

This story is at Anne-Marie de Grazia's web site - go to https://www.q-mag.org/tiny-islet-close-to-naxos-reveals-4600y-old-sanctu... ... an uninhabited island 10km from Naxos in the Aegean has a 4600 structure that is likened by archaeologists to a sanctuary. Quite what that might mean in real life is one of those imponderables as sacntuary and ritual are often used when people don't really know what the function of something might be.

14 Jul 2019
Maltese Temples

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/island-cores-unravel... ... the temple culture on Malta began nearly 6000 years ago (roughly 4000BC). This includes the famous Ggantija temple complex - which endured down to 2350BC. Professor Caroline Malone of Queens University in Belfast wanted to understand how the island ecology was able to sustain so many people over a long period of time - and why in the end it failed. Scientists drilled earth cores from 8 to 30m in depth, dating the sediments extracted by C14 methodology.

14 Jul 2019
Hayabasa2 Probe

At https://phys.org/news/2019-07-japan-hayabasa2-probe-touchdown-asteroid.html .... and https://phys.org/news/2019-07-japan-asteroid-probe-hayabasa2-touchdown.html ... the Japanese Hayabasa 2 space probe made a 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid Ryugu and has collected samples from beneath the surface for laboratory analysis. An incredible technological feat but we shall have to wait for the results of the analyses.

14 Jul 2019
What is a modern human?

What is a modern human? Does it depend on the cranium - and the old idea skull shape is the primary arbitrator. At https://archaeologunewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/earliest-known-homo-... ... lately we have had early modern humans turn up in Ethiopia, the Levant, and Morocco. Now we have one in Greece - dating back 200,000 years ago. This is said to be the first example of a modern human outside of Africa. The strange thing is that the modern human skull is dated prior to another skull, at 170,000 years ago, and that one belongs to a Neanderthal.

14 Jul 2019
Amino Acids and Enzymes

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/origin-of-life-insig... ... peptides, which are a chain of amino acids, are an essential element of all life on Earth. They form the fabric of proteins which serve as a catalyst for biological processes. However, it is thought they require enzymes to control their formation from amino acids. This is described as a chicken and egg problem - how did the original enzymes come into being.

14 Jul 2019
Ziklag

The big archaeology story for some people has been the discovery of what is claimed to be the Biblical settlement of Ziklag - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/archaeologists-uncov... ... archaeologists from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority, together with the MacQuarrie University in Sydney, Australia, think they have discovered the Philistine town of Ziklag, near Kiryat Gath, associated with King David in the books of I Samuel and II Samuel.

14 Jul 2019
Lily

A completely preserved lily was found in calcareous sediments of a former lake in NE Brazil dating back, it is said, to 115,000 years ago (in the early Cretaceous). Go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/oldest-completely-pr... ... It is in fact a member of the lily family (which is fairly broad, including for example the diminutive lily of the valley). It is nothing like your modern garden lily. Its roots, flower, and stem are perfectly preserved, and 40cm in length.

14 Jul 2019
Grazing Animal Dispersal of Grains and Seeds

This is an interesting story at https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/grazing-animals-drov... ... many of the grains, including quinoa, amaranth, the millets, hemp, and buckwheat, have traits that indicate they co-evolved to be dispersed by large grazing animals. During the Pleistocene there were great herds of ruminants and these directed the ecology over most of the surface of the earth (or that is the assumption made). As such, they brought into being evolutionary changes in plants.

10 Jul 2019
The day the sea invaded the Sahara

At https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-saharan-seaway-earth-climate.html ... in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History (summer of 2019) we have a paper based on an accumulation of 20 years of research in what is now the Sahara desert. It is set between 100 and 50 million years ago = the Late Cretaceous and the early Paleogene (on the geological ladder). It concerns what is described as a sea way and the blame is placed squarely on rising sea levels.