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Open access: What Cultural Anthropology gets right, and American Anthropologist gets wrong

Two different editorials about the future of open access appeared recently. The first, Michael Chibnik's editorial in American Anthropologist , was gloomy about the prospects of the journal's going open access in the future.



Scientists Say Lucy May Not Be Our Direct Ancestor

Scientists Say Lucy May Not Be Our Direct Ancestor: Its long been assumed that an astonishing fossil of a human-like creature who lived some 3.2 million years ago whom anthropologists named Lucy, was more or less considered kind of the "Mother of Mankind," but a newly discovered fossil named Australopithecus deyiremeda, may have finally dealt Lucy's claimed status an irreversible blow. So, as Ricky Ricardo would say, "Loosey, you got some splain'n to do!" Other scientists are quick to point out that there's also the possibility that Lucy may have simply been the mother-in-law.



Colombia's extraordinary Lost City

Colombia's Lost City, or "Ciudad Perdida," is the extraordinary archaeological site of a city lost for generations, only rediscovered in the 1970s by local looters. A 44km hike through Indiana Jones style scenery grants those brave enough the privilege of reaching the final 1,263 stone steps which serves as the cinematographic entrance to the ancient settlement.



Newfound human ancestor may have lived alongside Lucy

Part of the lower jaw of the new species named Australopithecus deyiremeda, which is believed to have lived alongside the famous Lucy 3.4 million years ago Fossils of a newfound humanlike species that lived alongside the famous Lucy about 3.4 million years ago has been discovered, offering proof our family tree is more diverse than some anthropologists believed. Named Australopithecus deyiremeda, this hominin species lived from 3.3 million to 3.5 million years ago.



The Latest on IS: Detainees killed at theater in Syria ruins

In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, newly-arrived Iraqi Shiite militiamen check their weapons, in the predominately Sunni city of Nukhayb, southwest Iraq. In this image made from a militant video posted on YouTube on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises behind archaeological ruins in Palmyra, Syria.



Evidence of the first known murder -- 430,000 years ago

Evidence of the earliest known murder found in a cave in Spain, but finding a witness is going to be tough After painstakingly piecing together the fractured skull of a pre-Neanderthal hominid, archaeologists say they have discovered the earliest known evidence of a human ancestor who was murdered. "Anthropologists are always asking what makes us human, and are humans inherently violent," said Danielle Kurin, a forensic anthropologist at UC Santa Barbara.



World's Oldest Cold Case: A 430,000-Year-Old Murder Victim Found In Pit Of Bones

As a bioarchaeologist, I routinely pore over the skeletons of ancient populations so that I can learn about their health, diet, and lifestyles. Most of my research focuses on understanding the ancient Romans whose lives didn't make it into history books.



'Stolen from Death' Pompeii show

Pompeii , May 27 - Prior to cutting the inaugural ribbon of a new exhibition at the famed archaeological site, Culture and Tourism Minister Dario Franceschini said that "today another step has been taken for the rebirth of Pompeii". 'Pompeii and Europe from 1748 to 1943' includes two exhibition areas: one at the Naples archaeological museum with 200 works from important Italian and foreign museums, and one in the Pompeii amphitheater, with 20 casts and previously unseen photos.



Archaeologists return to Niles to excavate

There's a lot of history buried in Niles, Michigan and archaeologists from Western Michigan are back to excavation of the Fort St. Joseph archaeological site. And to go along with the launch, the public is invited to a new month-long archeology lecture series.



Machu Picchu in Peru's Andes mountains.

In honor of Archaeological Awareness Month, the Nevada State Museum will present Andean Prehistory: The Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations in Peru from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, when Hal Starratt, a WNC anthropology professor, will present about travel, archaeology, ancient cultures and civilizations. When North Americans think about the prehistory of ancient South America, the Inca civilization immediately comes to mind - then we don't go any further.



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