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More than two dozen articles provide insights on mummies
(Wiley) In a special issue, The Anatomical Record ventures into the world of human mummified remains. In 26 articles, the anatomy of mummies is exquisitely detailed through cutting edge examination, while they are put in historical, archeological, and cultural context. Investigators even take on the thorny issue of ethics as it applies to human remains in general and to the specific case of mummy research.

From reverberating chaos to concert halls, good acoustics is culturally subjective
(Acoustical Society of America) Play a flute in Carnegie Hall, and the tone will resonate and fill the space. Play that same flute in the Grand Canyon, and the sound waves will crash against the rock walls, folding back in sonic chaos. The disparity is clear -- to the modern listener, the instrument belongs in an auditorium. 'Distinct echoes would be totally unforgivable in today's performance spaces,' says Steven J. Waller, an archaeo-acoustician. 'But, in the past, people sought echoes.'

The Bronze Age Egtved Girl was not from Denmark
(University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Humanities) One of the best-known Danish Bronze Age finds, the Egtved Girl from 1370 BC, was not born in Egtved, Denmark, reveals new research from the National Museum of Denmark and University of Copenhagen. Strontium isotope analyses of the girls hair, teeth and nails show that she was born and raised hundreds of miles from Egtved, most probably in Southern Germany, and that she arrived in Egtved shortly before she died.

Scientists discover world's oldest stone tools
(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) Scientists working in the desert of northwestern Kenya have found stone tools dating back 3.3 million years, long before the advent of modern humans, and by far the oldest such artifacts yet discovered. The tools push the known date of such tools back by 700,000 years; they also may challenge the notion that our own most direct ancestors were the first to bang two rocks together to create a new technology.

Burke Museum paleontologists discover the first dinosaur fossil in Washington state
(University of Washington) Burke Museum paleontologists have published a description of the first dinosaur fossil from Washington state. The fossil was collected by a Burke Museum research team along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands.

Paleontologists discover the first dinosaur fossil in Washington State
(PLOS) The fossils of the first dinosaur fossil from Washington State were collected along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands, and described in a study.

The size of domestic animals has increased over time
(University of the Basque Country ) The paper on zooarchaeology 'Livestock management in Spain from Roman to post-medieval times: a biometrical analysis of cattle, sheep/goat and pig' by the researcher of the Department of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country Idoia Grau-Sologestoa, appeared recently in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The study shows successive changes in the size of domestic animals over time relating to changes in the landscape and production systems.

What did the first snakes look like?
(BioMed Central) The original snake ancestor was a nocturnal, stealth-hunting predator that had tiny hindlimbs with ankles and toes, according to research published in the open-access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Singing spiders, bleating pandas, better headphones and more
(Acoustical Society of America) Wind turbines causing cluckus interruptus in prairie chickens, tranquility at a conservation center, better blood pressure monitors with wearables, and a vibrational analysis of graphite tennis rackets are just some of the highlights from the lay-language versions of papers to be presented at the 169th ASA meeting, held May 18-22 in Pittsburgh. Summaries are posted online in the ASA's Pressroom; many contain sounds, images, and videos.

'Eternal flames' of ancient times could spark interest of modern geologists
(Springer) Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the Delphi Oracle, Chimaera fires and 'eternal flames' that were central to ancient religious practices. Modern geologists and oil and gas explorers can learn much by delving into the geomythological stories, writes Guiseppe Etiope of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy. His research is published in the new Springer book 'Natural Gas Seepage.'

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