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North 'plaza' in Cahokia was likely inundated year-round, study finds

North 'plaza' in Cahokia was likely inundated year-round, study finds

The ancient North American city of Cahokia had as its focal point a feature now known as Monks Mound, a giant earthwork surrounded on its no...
Earliest English medieval shipwreck site uncovered off Dorset coast

Earliest English medieval shipwreck site uncovered off Dorset coast

Maritime archaeologists from Bournemouth University have uncovered the remains of a medieval ship and its cargo dating back to the 13th cent...
In search of the lost Parthian city of Natounia

In search of the lost Parthian city of Natounia

The mountain fortress of Rabana-Merquly in modern Iraqi Kurdistan was one of the major regional centres of the Parthian Empire, which extend...
Mammals were not the first to be warm-blooded

Mammals were not the first to be warm-blooded

Endothermy, or warm-bloodedness, is the ability of mammals and birds to produce their own body heat and control their body temperature.  A w...
Plant study hints evolution may be predictable

Plant study hints evolution may be predictable

Evolution has long been viewed as a rather random process, with the traits of species shaped by chance mutations and environmental events --...
The greening ashore

The greening ashore

It took several hundred million years after the formation of Earth some 4½ billion years ago for the initially fiery globe to cool down, all...
New research demonstrates connections between climate change and civil unrest among the ancient Maya

New research demonstrates connections between climate change and civil unrest among the ancient Maya

An extended period of turmoil in the prehistoric Maya city of Mayapan, in the Yucatan region of Mexico, was marked by population declines, p...
Study sheds light on penguin evolution

Study sheds light on penguin evolution

An international team of 40 researchers analyzed the genomes—the complete set of DNA—of all living and recently extinct penguin species and ...
When did the genetic variations that make us human emerge?

When did the genetic variations that make us human emerge?

The study of the genomes of our closest relatives, the Neanderthals and Denisovans, has opened up new research paths that can broaden our un...
Prehistoric fish led by their nose

Prehistoric fish led by their nose

The evolution of the brain and nervous system in animals has been wound back more than 400 million years, thanks to the examination of fossi...
The hippo and the hydra

The hippo and the hydra

A new study describes the formation of the body axis in the immortal freshwater polyp Hydra. It is controlled by the so-called hippo signall...

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