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Did Tales Told Over Firelight Help Our Social And Cultural Evolution?
2014-09-24 03:20:28

After human ancestors controlled fire 400,000 to 1 million years ago, flames not only let them cook food and fend off predators, but also extended their day.

Tribal Courts Can End War In Papua New Guinea
2012-09-28 11:47:50

Traditions stem gunfire after 4,800 die in Enga, Papua New Guinea


Word of the Day
dwale
  • The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
  • A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
  • To mutter deliriously.
The word 'dwale' comes from an Old English word meaning 'error, doubt, delusion.'
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