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Rice basket study rethinks roots of human culture
(University of Exeter) The study reveals that although teaching is useful, it is not essential for cultural progress because people can use reasoning and reverse engineering of existing items to work out how to make tools.

Eggshell porosity can be used to infer the type of nest built by extinct archosaurs
(PLOS) Extinct archosaurs' eggshell porosity may be used as a proxy for predicting covered or exposed nest types, according to a study published Nov. 25, 2015, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Kohei Tanaka from the University of Calgary and colleagues.

Human nature's dark side helped us spread across the world
(University of York) New research by an archaeologist at the University of York suggests that betrayals of trust were the missing link in understanding the rapid spread of our own species around the world.

Loss of mastodons aided domestication of pumpkins, squash
(Penn State) If Pleistocene megafauna -- mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others -- had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international team of anthropologists.

Getting under the skin of a medieval mystery
(University of York) A simple PVC eraser has helped an international team of scientists led by bioarchaeologists at the University of York to resolve the mystery surrounding the tissue-thin parchment used by medieval scribes to produce the first pocket bibles.

Canada must respect physician objectors who do not wish to refer patients for assisted death: Right to die
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Assisted dying may become legal in Canada on Feb. 6, 2016, and we must respect physicians' conscientious objections to assisted dying if it is against their principles.Dr. John Fletcher, Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ argues that just as we allow physicians in Canada to opt out of referring pregnant women for abortion, so too must we allow a similar option in the case of referrals for assisted death.

Tropical fossil forests unearthed in Arctic Norway
(Cardiff University) UK researchers have unearthed ancient fossil forests, thought to be partly responsible for one of the most dramatic shifts in the Earth's climate in the past 400 million years.

New clues emerge about the earliest known Americans
(Vanderbilt University) Stone tools, cooked animal and plant remains and fire pits found at Monte Verde in southern Chile provide greater evidence that a nomadic people adapted to a harsh ice-age environment -- the first known Americans -- reached South America more than 15,000 years ago.

Find of the century in Yavneh sheds light on ancient religious cult in Palestine
(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) After several years of work, the second and final volume on the excavations at Yavneh, located about 20 kilometers south of Tel Aviv in Israel, has just been released. This covers what was probably one of the smallest digs ever performed as it was restricted to a repository pit that was only roughly 2 meters across and 1.5 meters deep.

'Fourth strand' of European ancestry originated with hunter-gatherers isolated by Ice Age
(University of Cambridge) Populations of hunter-gatherers weathered Ice Age in apparent isolation in Caucasus mountain region for millennia, later mixing with other ancestral populations, from which emerged the Yamnaya culture that would bring this Caucasus hunter-gatherer lineage to Western Europe.

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