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Reading the (Mormon) tea leaves at the bottom of packrat nests tells the story of Late Quaternary climate change in Western North America

Lay summary authored by Robert Harbert. Their full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.46 During a 1980 episode of Cosmos Carl Sagan said “You have to know the past to understand the present.”2 For those of us who study geographic … Continue reading

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What makes a dog?

Lay summary authored by Emily Lena Jones. Their full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.43 Distinguishing between domestic dogs and wild canids (such as coyotes and wolves) from bone fragments alone is a perennial challenge for zooarchaeologists. The canid remains … Continue reading

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Hunter-Gatherer Colonisation of Lithuania – Palaeoenvironmental & Archaeological Analysis

Lay summary authored by Felix Riede & Livija Ivanovaitė. Their full paper can be read in Open Quaternary: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.39 Around 22,000 years ago, at the height of the last ice, northern Europe was entirely devoid of human populations. Archaeological evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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Lions of the mammoth steppe

This post is by Erik Ersmark,  lead author of the recently published paper “Population Demography and Genetic Diversity in the Pleistocene Cave Lion“. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at Stockholm University and the Swedish … Continue reading

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Looking into the Horse’s Mouth: How cementum can tell us about age and season of death

This post is by Haskel J. Greenfield, lead author of the recently published paper “Estimating the Age- and Season-of-Death for Wild Equids: a Comparison of Techniques Utilising a Sample from the Late Neolithic Site of Bad Buchau-Dullenried, Germany“. Greenfield is … Continue reading

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