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Research in Southern India provides a sweet look at preservation of ecological knowledge

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1000pa (Nov. 30, 2012) — A well-known proverb states that, "It takes a village to raise a child." According to Kathryn Demps, it also takes a village to preserve ecological knowledge in upcoming generations.

Demps, A Boise State University visiting assistant professor in anthropology, studies behavioral and evolutionary ecology in small-scale societies. Her latest project looks at the honey-gathering Jenu Kuruba tribe in South India and how its cultural knowledge is being preserved, or lost, in our modern world.

"What we learn from others -- our culture, skills, values, beliefs and knowledge -- is passed through the generations," she said. "How it is passed down can change the body of knowledge."

Demps noted...

Archeologists examine one of the oldest hoards found in Europe

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Belica hoard, two views of a stylized woman (serpentinite). (Credit: Nebosja Boric, Belgrade)

1000pa (Nov. 6, 2012) — Jewelry and female figurines from Belica, Serbia, to be exhibited for the first time at Tübingen University Museum.

Archeologists from the University of Tübingen's Institute of Prehistory are working with the Serbian Archeological Institute in Belgrade to analyze the most comprehensive Early Neolithic hoard ever found. Work on the nearly...

Early humans began eating meat earlier than thought: Oldest known evidence of anemia caused by a nutritional deficiency

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A fragment of a child's skull discovered at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, shows the oldest known evidence of anemia caused by a nutritional deficiency. (Credit: Dominguez-Rodrigo M, Pickering TR, Diez-Martin F, Mabulla A, Musiba C, et al. (2012) Earliest Porotic Hyperostosis on a 1.5-Million-Year-Old Hominin,Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46414. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046414)

1000pa (Oct. 3, 2012) — A fragment of a child's skull discovered at Olduvai Gorge...

Oldest ivory workshop in the world discovered in Saxony-Anhalt

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Documentation of the finds by an international team of students. (Credit: Image courtesy of Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum)

1000pa (Sep. 26, 2012) — Excavations at the mammoth hunting site of Breitenbach near Zeitz have uncovered a 35,000-year-old ivory workshop.

In an international co-operation project, archaeologists from the Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for the Evolution of Hominin Behaviour, part of the...

Comet may have exploded over Canada 12,900 years ago after all

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Micro-spherules from Clovis sites, including UofSC's Topper. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of South Carolina)

1000pa (Sep. 18, 2012) — Did a massive comet explode over Canada 12,900 years ago, wiping out both beast and man in North America and propelling Earth back into an ice age?

That's a question that has been hotly debated by scientists since 2007, with the University of South Carolina's Topper archaeological site right in the middle of the comet...

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