The Leipzig team of genetic scientists has announced that it was able to completely decode the genome of an extinct species of humans, the Denisova, using DNA extracted from a single 10-milligram bone fragment of a 50,000-year-old skeleton. The skeleton was found in Southern Siberia in 2010, and cam ... More >>
Think about this when you're relaxing in Central Park over the weekend: An entire community once lived there, with homes and several churches and at least one school, right in the park (before it was the park). We're talking about Seneca Village, a largely African-American community of some 2 ... More >>
(This is not Dennis Pogue.)Whiskey is as American as apple pie. At least that's what Dennis Pogue, chief archaeologist at Mount Vernon, would have you believe. Over the last several years, he's spent much of his time making George Washington's whiskey (our first president was a distiller, in ... More >>
via Alex GrechmanA new book challenges the previously accepted theory about how the giant stone statues on Easter Island, or "moai," came to be. The inhabitants of the island when Dutch explorers visited in 1722 were thought to be too impoverished and meek to carve and move the moai. An advan ... More >>
One of them has a spine-covered penisResearchers have discovered the molecular workings that caused human penises to evolve and shed their prickly spines, which chimps and some other animals still have to this day. Scientific American describes how Stanford scientists went through the DNA seq ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisNo longer for the damn Buddhist elite!
The simple pancake, according to archeologists (and random web pages), has a lengthy history. The ubiquitous quickbread can supposedly be traced far back in the human fossil record, owing to the dish's simplicity and high nutrient cont ... More >>
He's back!The Telegraph has your pressing, timely Ice Age news covered this week. Not only could new woolly mammoths be cloned in four to five years, but new research shows that Neanderthals were not ugly because of the cold, but just because they were ugly.
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July 9, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 28
Visiting the Nostalgia King: Joe Franklin, I Love You
By Jonathan Black
I am a Joe Franklin fan. Oh, I know what you're thinking. Joe is no star. Joe is nobody's plum. Maybe you've never even heard of Joe ... More >>
The New York Post tells us this lovely Monica Szczupide photo shows "more than a dozen grief-stricken chimpanzees joined in an extraordinary expression of mourning as an elder in their family was laid to rest at a West African animal sanctuary." Yes, very touching, circle of life and all that ... More >>
TheBusyBrain/flickrBloomberg today has a fun interview with Richard Wrangham, a Harvard primatologist whose new book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, posits that it was learning to cook, not tools or agriculture, that sped up human evolution. Cooking, Wrangham explains, made food so ... More >>
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Capitale Executive Chef Jason Munger has teamed up with the Archaeological Inst ... More >>