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We're in this together: A pathbreaking investigation into the evolution of cooperative behavior

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1000pa (Nov. 16, 2012) — Humans are much more inclined to cooperate than are their closest evolutionary relatives. The prevailing wisdom about why this is true has long been focused on the idea of altruism: we go out of our way to do nice things for other people, sometimes even sacrificing personal success for the good of others. Modern theories of cooperative behavior suggest that acting selflessly in the moment provides a selective advantage to the altruist in the form of some kind of return benefit.

A new study published by Current Anthropology offers another explanation for our unusual aptitude for collaboration. The authors of the study argue that humans developed cooperative skills because it was in their mutual...

Uncommon features of Einstein's brain might explain his remarkable cognitive abilities

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Dean Falk, Florida State University professor of anthropology (Credit: Jason S. Ordaz)

1000pa (Nov. 15, 2012) — Portions of Albert Einstein's brain have been found to be unlike those of most people and could be related to his extraordinary cognitive abilities, according to a new study led by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.

Falk, along with colleagues Frederick E. Lepore of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Adrianne...

Archaeologists identify oldest spear points: Used in hunting half-million years ago

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This is a ~500,000-year-old point from Kathu Pan 1. Multiple lines of evidence from a University of Toronto-led study indicate that points from Kathu Pan 1 were used as hafted spear tips. Scale bar = 1 cm. (Credit: Jayne Wilkins)

1000pa (Nov. 15, 2012) — A collaborative study involving researchers at Arizona State University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Cape Town found that human ancestors were making stone-tipped weapons 500,000 years ago at the...

Archaeologists identify spear tips used in hunting a half-million years ago

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These are examples of experimental hafted points. Points were hafted to wooden dowels using Acacia resin and sinew and then thrust into a springbok carcass target using a calibrated crossbow. The Kathu Pan 1 archaeological points show a similar pattern of edge damage to these experimental points. (Credit: Jayne Wilkins)

1000pa (Nov. 15, 2012) — A University of Toronto-led team of anthropologists has found evidence that human ancestors used stone-tipped weapons for...

Science of the search for Richard III

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1000pa (Nov. 15, 2012) — The complexity of tests being performed on Grey Friars skeleton mean answers will not come overnight.

DNA testing, environmental sampling and radiocarbon dating are some of the tests being undertaken to determine whether the skeleton found in Leicester was once Richard III -- and there are also plans to do a facial reconstruction.

Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, of the University of Leicester's Archaeological Services, has explained the...

Desecrated ancient temple sheds light on early power struggles at Tel Beth-Shemesh

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TAU archaeologists have unearthed a unique 11th-century BCE sacred compound with a turbulent history. (Credit: Image courtesy of American Friends of Tel Aviv University)

1000pa (Nov. 12, 2012) — Tel Aviv University researchers have uncovered a unique 11th-century BCE sacred compound at the site of Tel Beth-Shemesh, an ancient village that resisted the aggressive expansion of neighboring Philistines. The newly discovered sacred complex is composed of an elevated...

Mongolia and the Altai Mountains: Origins of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians

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Scythian warrior tombs found in the Altai region of Mongolia. (Credit: Image courtesy of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

1000pa (Nov. 12, 2012) — A group of researchers led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has discovered the first scientific evidence of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians in the remains of ancient Scythian warriors living over 2,000 years ago in the Altai region of Mongolia. Contrary to what was believed until now...

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