New study reveals the influx of south-to-north migration on the origin of ancient Maya people and the spread of maize horticulture.
South-to-north migration preceded the advent of intensive farming in the Maya region – Nature Communications
The genetic prehistory of central America has not been well explored. Here, the authors find evidence from ancient DNA from twenty individuals who lived in Belize 9,600 to 3,700 years ago of a migration from the south that coincided with the first evidence for forest clearing and the spread of maize…
A new paleoclimatic study reveals that the abandonment of Norse settlements in southern Greenland (15th century AD) was mostly linked to the increasingly dry conditions of the area instead of an abrupt temperature change.
Prolonged drying trend coincident with the demise of Norse settlement in southern Greenland
Drier climate, rather than declining temperatures, contributed to the abandonment of Norse settlements in southern Greenland.
New genomic data about the Gauls population from France reveal an absence of discontinuity between Bronze Age and Iron Age groups in France, and support a cultural and progressive transition rather than a massive influx of external groups.
Origin and mobility of Iron Age Gaulish groups in present-day France revealed through archaeogenomics
New contribution discussing the scientific value and the ethical issues related to the Documented Human Osteological Collections of the University of Bologna and the proposal of new directions in this type of scientific studies.
Scientific and Ethical Aspects of Identified Skeletal Series: The Case of the Documented Human Osteological Collections of the University of Bologna (Northern Italy)
Osteological collections are an essential source of information on human biological and cultural variability, providing insights about developmental, evolutionary, and biocultural processes. Among osteological series, documented human osteological collections (DHOC) are especially useful due to the…