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Multiple fathers prevalent in Amazonian cultures, study finds

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1000pa (Nov. 11, 2010) — In modern culture, it is not considered socially acceptable for married people to have extramarital sexual partners. However, in some Amazonian cultures, extramarital sexual affairs were common, and people believed that when a woman became pregnant, each of her sexual partners would be considered part-biological father.

Now, a new University of Missouri study published in the journal Proceedings of the National...

1000pa (Nov. 11, 2010) — In modern culture, it is not considered socially acceptable for married people to have extramarital sexual partners. However, in some Amazonian cultures, extramarital sexual affairs were common, and people believed that when a woman became pregnant, each of her sexual...

DNA reveals origins of first European farmers

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1000pa (Nov. 10, 2010) — A team of international researchers led by ancient DNA experts from the University of Adelaide has resolved the longstanding issue of the origins of the people who introduced farming to Europe some 8000 years ago.

A detailed genetic study of one of the first farming communities in Europe, from central Germany, reveals marked similarities with populations living in the Ancient Near East (modern-day Turkey, Iraq and...

1000pa (Nov. 10, 2010) — A team of...

Stone Age humans needed more brain power to make big leap in tool design

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1000pa (Nov. 4, 2010) — Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought, according to a new study that investigates why it took early humans almost two million years to move from razor-sharp stones to a hand-held stone axe.

Researchers used computer modelling and tiny sensors embedded in gloves to assess the complex hand skills that early humans needed in...

1000pa (Nov. 4, 2010) — Stone Age humans were...

New interpretations of the Stone Age landscape in Sweden's Falbygden

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1000pa (Oct. 17, 2010) — The Falbygden area of central Västergötland in southwestern Sweden is home to one of northern Europe's greatest concentrations of megalithic graves from the New Stone Age (approx. 4000-1500 BC). A new archaeology thesis from the University of Gothenburg now shows that these "passage graves" were not designed to be visible across wide areas -- instead they seem to be almost hidden within the landscape.

Tony Axelsson,...

1000pa (Oct. 17, 2010) — The Falbygden area...

Volcanoes wiped out Neanderthals, new study suggests

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1000pa (Oct. 7, 2010) — New research suggests that climate change following massive volcanic eruptions drove Neanderthals to extinction and cleared the way for modern humans to thrive in Europe and Asia.

The research, led by Liubov Vitaliena Golovanova and Vladimir Borisovich Doronichev of the ANO Laboratory of Prehistory in St. Petersburg, Russia, is reported in the October issue of Current Anthropology.

"[W]e offer the hypothesis that the...

1000pa (Oct. 7, 2010) — New research...

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