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Anthropology
First American migrations map
28
Apr

Theory of North American peopling by Europeans definitively disproven

The "ice bridge" theory—called the Solutrean hypothesis—suggested that Upper Paleolithic Europeans traveled into North America via an "ice bridge" more than 22,000 years ago. However, this alternative theory of North American settlement has now been definitively disproven.
Homo sapien and Neanderthalensis
31
Jan

Ancient skull confirms humans coexisted with Neanderthals

It’s accepted that anatomically modern humans originated 200,000 years ago in Africa, but scientists and scholars cannot seem to agree on the migration patterns of H. sapiens that led to the population of the planet or what role, if any, that played in the extinction of our cavemen cousins, the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). The discovery of a 55,000-year-old partial, though very well-preserved, human skull in what was Neanderthal territory at the time confirms one of the main points of contention: Homo sapiens and Neanderthals did, in fact, coexist in the same geographic area for a period of time. Scientists have been puzzled over a discrepancy in the fossil record. By the look of things, the fossil record suggests there were anatomically modern...
17
Nov

Thousands of relics found in ancient Mexican city Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán is the ancient pre-Columbian city in Mexico, about 30 miles northeast of present-day Mexico City, a famous site containing many early and historically significant Mesoamerican step pyramids. It’s also famous for being the city that was suddenly and inexplicably deserted, and due to lack of documentation we can’t really be sure why. Since 2003, Mexican archaeologist Serigo Gomez and his team have been excavating a tunnel in Teotihuacán that, until now, had been sealed and undisturbed for nearly 2,000 years. They made their way into the tunnel, unearthing around 50,000 artifacts and relics in almost perfect condition in the process. Given how exciting these finds are and what we stand to learn, I thought this would be a good...
Evolution of man
01
Dec

The (Sorta) Modernist’s Approach to Contemporary Anthropology

Asking yourself, “What are the current trends in anthropological research today?” I’m sure if you weren’t before, you are by now. And that’s an excellent question… Throughout academia, there is an increasing demand for more holistic scientific research. Indeed, current research in anthropology increasingly references other fields—i.e., economics, psychology, sociology, biology, etc.—in order to make educated ‘guess-timations’ about prehistoric populations; however, as modern research incorporates approaches from various fields, currents trends seem to show that much current anthropological research focuses on ‘exotic’ samples in the context of more culturally relevant (and specific) topics (Kroff 2006). As one would expect, many topics addressed in anthropological research will vary based on the scientific and social issues considered important in the home country,...

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