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The social life of a fish shoal in ancient times

The coordinated movements of bird flocks, fish schools, and insect swarms are among the most impressive collective behaviors in the animal world. Such coordination can be achieved by simple behavioral rules for social interactions, like avoiding a collision from close neighbors and attraction towards distant... click to read more

  • Nobuaki Mizumoto | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 16, 2019
How behavior can transcend generations

The brain is a specialized organ that interprets information about the surroundings and translates it into behavior, allowing animals to cope with their dynamic environments. Ever since antiquity, thinkers (and helpless parents) have suggested that the activity of one's brain could somehow impact the fate... click to read more

  • Itai Antoine Toker | PhD student at Department of Neurobiology, Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 10, 2019
Ancient human DNA from a 10000 years old "chewing gum"

In recent decades ancient DNA has been continuously used as a part of the tool-kit for studying human history and evolution. Ancient human DNA is found in both organic and inorganic material, for example, bones, teeth, mummified materials, coprolites, soil, etc. Bones and teeth harbor the... click to read more

  • Natalija Kashuba | PhD student at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Views 504
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 3, 2019
High in the Pamir Mountains: Ancient Cannabis Smoking in Western China

Cannabis is one of the most contentious and widely used drug plants in the world today. However, its history of use and the role that it played among peoples in the past is poorly understood. Historians and archaeologists have debated about ancient drug use for... click to read more

  • Robert N. Spengler III | Laboratory Director at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Department of Archaeology, Jena, Germany
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Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 27, 2019
A tiny shark from the ancient past of the United States

Sixty-eight million years ago, a Tyrannosaurus rex died in a small river in what is now South Dakota, USA. Along with "Sue", the T. rex's skeleton, many other animals had pieces of their skeleton preserved in the same section of the river. The most recently... click to read more

  • Terry A. Gates | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 15, 2019