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2012-01-26 11:34:11

A tiny mountainous region in southern Siberia may have been the genetic source of the earliest Native Americans, according to new research by a University of Pennsylvania-led team of anthropologists. Lying at the intersection of what is today Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, the region known as the Altai "is a key area because it's a place that people have been coming and going for thousands and thousands of years," said Theodore Schurr, an associate professor in Penn's Department...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

The Altai Republic on the southern border of Russia in Central Asia has been hit by at least 158 wildfires this year, officials said. At least three fires were reported to be burning Wednesday in the taiga or coniferous forest, Itar-Tass reported. Last year, there were only 126 fires in 12 months. So far this year, about 8,600 acres have been consumed by fire. About half the fires reported in July were caused by lightning strikes, while the other half are believed to have been...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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