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Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale, UF study finds
(University of Florida) Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss.

Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds
(University of Adelaide) A new study led by an Adelaide scientist has revealed how massive, meat-eating, ground-dwelling dinosaurs -- the theropods -- evolved into agile flyers: they just kept shrinking and shrinking, for over 50 million years.

Decades-old amber collection offers new views of a lost world
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Scientists are searching through a massive collection of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and the effort is yielding fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited. (Includes a video about the work narrated by David Attenborough.)

Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes
(University of Bristol) Finland's love of milk has been traced back to 2500 BC thanks to high-tech techniques to analyze residues preserved in fragments of ancient pots.

Violent aftermath for the warriors at Alken Enge
(Aarhus University) Denmark attracted international attention in 2012 when archaeological excavations revealed the bones of an entire army, whose warriors had been thrown into the bogs near the Alken Enge wetlands in East Jutland after losing a major engagement in the era around the birth of Christ. Work has continued in the area since then and archaeologists and experts from Aarhus University, Skanderborg Museum and Moesgaard Museum have now made sensational new findings.

Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures
(Ecological Society of America) Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the availability of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, and ritual. Contemporary tribes continue to use fire to maintain desired habitat and natural resources.

Physicists create tool to foresee language destruction impact and thus prevent it
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) Researchers defined parameters that estimate the speed of regression of a native language when replaced by one of its neighbouring languages. The study focused on the case of Welsh. The results of the research were included in an article published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa
(University of Toronto) Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage
(PLOS) 3-D imaging of a Paleolithic child's skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage.

Jeju Island is a live volcano
(Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM)) The Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources indicated that there are the traces that indicated that a recent volcanic eruption was evident 5,000 years ago.

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