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November 04, 2013

Anatomy of a Cannibal: New Research Analyzes Ancient French Neanderthals

From: American Journal of Physical Anthropology

August 19, 2013

Beating the Retreat: Discovering the Cost of Defeat for Fighting Monkeys

From: American Journal of Physical Anthropology

March 17, 2013

Are Apes Left or Right Handed? A Problem of Myths and Maths

From: American Journal of Physical Anthropology

March 03, 2013

Death and Diet: New Research Uncovers the Lives of Ancient Peru’s Sacrificial Victims

From: The American Journal of Physical Anthropology

12:00 AM EDT August 23, 2012

Primate of the Opera: What Soprano Singing Apes on Helium Reveal About the Human Voice

Have you ever heard an opera singing ape? Researchers in Japan have discovered that singing gibbons use the same vocal techniques as professional soprano singers. The study, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, explains how recording gibbons singing under the influence of helium gas reveals a physiological similarity to human voices.

March 23, 2012

Archaeologists Reconstruct Diet of Nelson’s Navy with New Chemical Analysis of Excavated Bones

Salt beef, sea biscuits and the occasional weevil; the food endured by sailors during the Napoleonic wars is seldom imagined to be appealing. Now a new chemical analysis technique has allowed archaeologists to find out just how dour the diet of Georgian sailors really was. The team’s findings, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology also reveal how little had changed for sailors in the 200 years between the Elizabethan and Georgian eras.

September 21, 2011

Did the Orientation of the Continents Hinder Ancient Settlement of the Americas?

In an intriguing original look at the history of the first Americans, a new study finds evidence that the north-south orientation of the American continents slowed the spread of populations and technology, compared to the east-west axis of Eurasia.

September 14, 2011

Genetic Diversity of Native Americans: New Research finds evidence in genes for both prehistoric migrations and environmental adaptations.

For many years, anthropologists have asked who the first Americans were, and how they were able to settle the last major habitat open to humans. Now, a special section of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology features six new papers that use genetics to answer these questions.  The findings reported confirm that genetic diversity in contemporary Native Americans bears signatures of the past.  The authors find evidence in genes for both prehistoric migrations and adaptations to the new environment.  These papers contribute new findings related to distinct phases in the evolution of Native Americans. 

November 26, 2010

Did A Native American Sailto Europe With Vikings?

Dr Sigríður Sunna Ebenesersdóttir explains how a Viking-Native American child may have been born in Iceland before the voyages of Columbus.