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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.

The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flint
(University of the Basque Country ) A piece of research by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has determined, on the basis of the Ametzagaina site, in San Sebastian, the mobility patterns and management of lithic resources.

Tooth plaque provides insight into our prehistoric ancestors' diet
(PLOS) A new study may provide evidence that our prehistoric ancestors understood plant consumption and processing long before the development of agriculture.

Tooth plaque provides unique insights into our prehistoric ancestors' diet
(University of York) An international team of researchers has found new evidence that our prehistoric ancestors had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture.

Sexual harassment and assault are common on scientific field studies, survey indicates
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them -- particularly the younger ones -- suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.

Little too late: Researchers identify disease that may have plagued 700-year-old skeleton
(American Society for Microbiology) European researchers have recovered a genome of the bacterium Brucella melitensis from a 700-year-old skeleton found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village.

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