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Measuring cell connectivity in ancient bones

Lay summary authored by Justyna Miszkiewicz. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.117 Histology is the study of microscopic structure of biological tissues, and typically involves extracting a small piece of tissue, processing it into a thin slice (about 0.1 mm), … Continue reading

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Extant caribou (Rangifer tarandus) to reconstruct Paleo mobility during the Magdalenian in Southwestern France

Lay summary written by Ana Galán López. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.106 The importance of the reindeer (known as caribou in America) as a resource through the ages is indubitable. It was the primary prey for many prehistoric human … Continue reading

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Ancient polar bear remains explained by sea ice expansion and open water polynyas

Lay summary authored by Susan Crockford. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.107 No Arctic animal is more iconic than its apex predator, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus). Ice-edge habitats are essential for the survival of polar bears today because that’s … Continue reading

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Left and right hands, brain and cognitive evolution – Exploring prehistoric handedness rates through hominins’ lithic production

Lay summary authored by Stefanos Ligkovanlis. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.111 What do we know about the prehistory of handedness? Did our distant ancestors share similar rates of hand preference with us? And what does this ratio might reveal … Continue reading

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Sparking a new open science direction for Phytolith Research

Lay summary written by Emma Karoune. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.88 The movement to open science is currently happening in all academic disciplines. Open science aims to transform research by making it more reproducible, transparent, reusable, collaborative, accountable, and … Continue reading

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Palaeoecological interpretation of a Late Holocene sediment sequence from the alpine belt of the southern Mongolian Altai Mountains

Lay summary authored by Sven Goenster-Jordan. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.90. Palaeoecology is a scientific discipline that contributes to a better understanding of interrelations between organisms and their environment during past geological times. The Altai Mountains, located in the … Continue reading

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The Occurrence of Lithic Raw Materials in the Western Part of Central Germany 

Lay summary authored by Thomas Hess. Link to full article: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.108 The western part of Central Germany reveals an extensive archaeological record, including sites dating potentially as far back as the Lower Palaeolithic. Due to its geomorphological features, the region … Continue reading

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Ngalau Sampit cave site, Sumatra: in the footsteps of Dutch Palaeoanthropologist Eugène Dubois

Lay summary authored by Mathieu Duval and Julien Louys. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.96 Our work results from a long-standing investigation initiated at the end of the XIX century by the Dutch Palaeoanthropologist M. Eugène F.T. Dubois. Before finding … Continue reading

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Paleo Mega Lake of Rey, the Largest Lake in world History

Lay summary authored by Hadi Jarahi. Read the full paper here: http://doi.org/10.5334/oq.94 I have done extensive research into the morphologic evidence of an ancient lake in Iran. The evidence was, in fact, the remains of the escarps located on the … Continue reading

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