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Building A Digital Rosetta Stone
2013-02-12 09:03:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A team of researchers has finally discovered and proven what it is in the Canadian linguistic make up which makes them say "aboot" instead of about. More than just discovering little linguistic ticks, the researchers from the universities of British Columbia and Berkeley have created a sort of digital Rosetta Stone, capable of reconstructing and reproducing protolanguages. These ancient tongues are the most basal of all...

Unique Physical Features Seen In Southeastern European Human Ancestors May Be Because Of Lack Of Geographical Isolation
2013-02-07 11:03:14

Public Library of Science A fragment of human lower jaw recovered from a Serbian cave is the oldest human ancestor found in this part of Europe, who probably evolved under different conditions than populations that inhabited more western parts of the continent at the same time, according to research published February 6 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by William Jack Rink of McMaster University, Canada, and the international team under the direction of Dušan...

Questions About Human Evolution Raised In New Geological Study
2013-02-01 10:35:18

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Long before anyone pondered whether the chicken or the egg came first, there was another mystery that plagues us still to this day. Well, at least, until earlier this month. There has been some light shone on the question, “What came first: the bipedal human ancestor or the grasslands which spread across the African continent, reclaiming territory from the shrinking forests?" An ambitious analysis of the past 12 million years...

2013-01-25 23:04:46

New book analyzes the psychological conditions of Nigerian women and highlights incidence of major traumatic events. London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) January 26, 2013 Women´s abuse in a patrilineal and kinship system has become significant while looking at the pattern in the colonial and post-colonial periods. This relates not only to the gender divisions of labour and the servicing activities of wives for their husbands but also to customary laws of inheritance, ownership of land, and...

2013-01-24 09:52:08

Researchers from Wits University, the University of Johannesburg and international scientists announced on Tuesday, 22 January 2012, the discovery of a two million year old fossil fox at the now renowned archaeological site of Malapa in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. In an article published in the prestigious journal Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, the researchers describe the previously unknown species of fox named Vulpes Skinneri - named in honor of the...

12 Unusual Shaman's Stones Discovered Near Boquete, Panama
2013-01-15 11:20:40

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America. Ruth Dickau, Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Exeter in England, unearthed the cache of stones in the Casita de Piedra...

Space Archeology: Your Universe Today Podcasts
2013-01-12 07:03:28

John P. Millis, Ph.D. and Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In this special edition of redOrbit´s Your Universe Today podcast series, we´re making a minor departure from our usual talks about the frontiers of space exploration. Instead, we´ve decided to take a look back at the history of our world — from outer space of course. In celebration of National Geographic´s 125th Anniversary this Sunday (January 13), redOrbit´s Dr. John...


Latest Anthropology Reference Libraries

Primatology
2013-10-02 13:00:50

Primatology is the study of primates that focuses on their behaviors and possible evolution. Those who practice this science, known as primatologists, focus on primates in the wild and in laboratory settings. There are many different sub-divisions of primatology that differ based on methodology and theory, but the two major branches are Western primatology and Japanese primatology. There share basic principles, but differ culturally and in many other regards. Western primatology originated...

Zooarchaeology
2013-09-30 13:29:48

Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains including shells, bones, hides, scales, DNA, chitin, and hair. Shells and bones are most frequently studied because these do not decay at a fast rate, but most remains do not survive because they break or decompose. In eastern areas of North America, Zooarchaeology developed over three periods. The first, known as the Formative period, occurred in the 1860s and was not a specific area of study at that time. The second period, known as the...

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Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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