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The Most Fascinating Human Evolution Discoveries of 2013

The Most Fascinating Human Evolution Discoveries of 2013

Wow. Ive just spent the last couple days going through the paleoanthropology news that broke in 2013 and I must say it was a banner year. There were so many exciting new findings that bear on scientists understanding of just about every chapter of humanitys seven-million-year sagafrom our ancestors first upright steps to the peopling [...]..

January 1, 2014 — Kate Wong
Can We Avert the End of Elephants?

Can We Avert the End of Elephants?

Within the next 10 years, Africa could lose 100,000 elephantsa fifth of the populationto poachers if the slaughter for their ivory tusks continues at current rates, according to a new analysis...

December 12, 2013 — Kate Wong
Why the U.S. Destroyed Its Ivory Stockpile

Why the U.S. Destroyed Its Ivory Stockpile

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, COLO.–On a clear day outside Denver, dust filled the air surrounding an industrial rock crusher as it pulverized nearly six tons of confiscated elephant ivory...

November 19, 2013 — Kate Wong
Case for (Very) Early Cooking Heats Up

Case for (Very) Early Cooking Heats Up

Nearly two million years ago our ancestors began to barbecue. And those hot meals, Richard Wrangham argues, are what made us human

September 1, 2013 — Kate Wong

Incas Intoxicated Sacrificial Children in Preparation for Death

She was killed at the age of 13 and placed in a mountaintop shrine in the Argentine high Andes–a sacrifice to the gods. There she lay for some 500 years until 1999, when archaeologists recovered her frozen body along with those of two other separately entombed children, a boy and a girl both between four [...]..

July 30, 2013 — Kate Wong
How to Identify Grief in Animals

How to Identify Grief in Animals

Many species mourn the passing of loved ones, but not every animal response to death qualifies as grief

July 8, 2013 — Kate Wong
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