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    Hominins Quarried Stone Near Animal Migration Routes

    TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—According to a Live Science report, a new study suggests that hominins who lived in what is now the Upper Galilee used local quarries to make tools for hunting and butchering elephants that visited nearby water sources between about two million and 500,000 years ago. Meir Finkel of Tel Aviv University said that elephants follow the same routes…

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    Model Suggests Persian Plateau as Early Migration Hub

    QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA—According to a Cosmos Magazine report, a team of scientists including Michael Petraglia of Griffith University constructed a model for the populating of Eurasia using genetic, archaeological, and environmental data. The genetic data included DNA samples from ancient and modern people. “We argue that people first settled when they came out of Africa [some 70,000 years ago], in what…

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    Scientists Make A Great Step Forward in the ‘Where After Africa?’ Question

    A growing body of evidence indicates that our ancestors left Africa between approximately 70 to 60 thousand years ago. Yet, it wasn’t until around 45,000 years ago that they spread across Eurasia. The mystery of where these early humans resided in the intervening period has long puzzled scientists. By integrating genetic evidence with paleoecological models, researchers have pinpointed the Persian…

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    Rapa Nui Obsidian Discovery: Did the Islanders sail to America?

    It has long been thought that the people of Rapa Nui (popularly called Easter Island) lived a largely isolated existence, cut off from other lands by the vast and treacherous ocean. However a new discovery on the islands suggests that the islanders were in contact with their continental neighbors. The first settlers of Rapa Nui a thousand years ago left…

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    Why Is There a Scottish Village in Italy? (Video)

    At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exist countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained. The goal of Ancient Origins is to…

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    First Ice Age May Have Led to Epic Hominin Migration 900,000 Years Ago

    About one million years ago there was a mass exodus of hominin species out of Africa and into Eurasia. Human ancestors fled their home continent in droves, raising questions about why this would have occurred. According to a new study just published, this huge hominin migration was likely a response to the first major glaciation of the Pleistocene epoch and an associated…

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    Genetic Study Reveals Shocking Details about Ancestry of Modern Indians

    Featuring a rich and diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures, the people of South Asia have always been a source of fascination for scientists interested in studying human evolution and genetics. It was this interest that motivated what is so far the most extensive analysis ever undertaken of the genetic heritage of the people of India, which has revealed some…

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    Paleolithic Tools Prove Hominins Were in Europe 1.4 Million Years Ago

    After five decades of speculation about their true origin, ancient stone tools removed from the archaeological site of Korolevo in western Ukraine have been successfully dated for the first time. After completing an analysis of the sediment level where the tools were found, a team of archaeologists affiliated with the Czech Academy of Sciences discovered that the stone tools were approximately 1.4…

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    Research Reveals Complex Life of the Vittrup Man’s Danish Bog Body

    An international team of scientists recently completed a comprehensive analysis of the remains of a body extracted from a peat bog in Denmark. Using DNA testing, plus various types of chemical analysis of the bones and teeth of this so-called “bog body,” the researchers have uncovered some surprising and fascinating facts about the life of the 5,000-year-old Vittrup Man, a…

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    New Evidence of Early Humans Crossing the Alps 45,000 Years Ago

    Between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago, the lands of present-day Europe and Asia experienced a population exchange between  Homo sapiens (modern humans) and Neanderthals, with the former steadily displacing the latter. New research just published in the journals  Nature and Nature Ecology & Evolution offers fresh evidence about some of the migratory movements of humans during that period, showing that pioneering  Homo sapiens groups crossed rugged…

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