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August 12th, 2017

Adafruit 3D prints incredible replica Guardian robots from Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Fans of Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series might be interested in the latest DIY project just published on the site of 3D printer manufacturer Adafruit. Not so long ago, the team made an impressive 3D printed version of the Guardian Robots that featured in last year’s popular Breath of the Wild game via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2wSs2CA

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Arrival of modern humans in Southeast Asia questioned

Humans may have exited out of Africa and arrived in Southeast Asia 20,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new study involving University of Queensland researchers suggests. Lida Ajer cave – a small but well decorated front entrance [Credit: Julien Louys]Findings from the Macquarie University-led study also suggest humans could have potentially made the crossing to Australia even earlier than …Continue reading →

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Ancient DNA used to track Mesa Verde exodus in 13th century

Ancient DNA used to track the mass exodus of Ancestral Pueblo people from Colorado’s Mesa Verde region in the late 13th century indicates many wound up in the Northern Rio Grande area north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, inhabited today by the Tewa Pueblo people. Ancient turkey DNA used to tracks migration of Mesa Verde Pueblo people from southwest Colorado  …Continue reading →

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Majestic 3,000-year-old female statue uncovered in Turkey

The remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at the archaeological site of Tayinat in Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world. This 3,000-year-old female statue was uncovered at a citadel gate complex in Turkey by University of Toronto  archaeologists leading the Tayinat Archaeological Project. Initial speculations are that the figure is …Continue reading →

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Lufton Villa excavations reveal new details about famous fish mosaic

A two-week excavation of a Roman villa by a team of Newcastle University students has uncovered new details about its famous octagonal fish mosaic. Part of the fish mosaic at Lufton Villa [Credit: Andrew Agate, The Lufton Project & Newcastle University]The dig at the fourth century site in Lufton, Somerset, has investigated a part of the mosaic that was damaged …Continue reading →

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Study estimates oxygen loss in ancient global ocean

A loss of oxygen in global ocean seawater 94 million years ago led to a mass extinction of marine life that lasted for roughly half a million years. Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 is easily observed in the Furlo section as a black organic-rich shale  inbetween white carbonates [Credit: Jeremy Owens]Scientists have found several potential explanations for how the loss of …Continue reading →

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Extinction mystery solved? Evidence suggests humans played a role in monkey’s demise in Jamaica

Radiocarbon dating of a fossilized leg bone from a Jamaican monkey called Xenothrix mcgregori suggests it may be the one of the most recent primate species anywhere in the world to become extinct, and it may solve a long-standing mystery about the cause of its demise. The short answer: human settlement of its island home. An artist’s sketch of the …Continue reading →

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First winged mammals from the Jurassic period discovered

Two 160 million-year-old mammal fossils discovered in China show that the forerunners of mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees. With long limbs, long hand and foot fingers, and wing-like membranes for tree-to-tree gliding, Maiopatagium furculiferum and Vilevolodon diplomylos are the oldest known gliders in the long history of early mammals. Photograph of the fossil …Continue reading →

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Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years

A great deal of evidence relating to ancient climate variation is preserved in proxy data such as tree rings, lake sediments, ice cores, stalagmites, corals and historical documents, and these sources have great significance in evaluating 20th century climate warming in the context of the last two millennia. 2,000-year temperature reconstruction in China [Credit: Yang Liu & Jingyun Zheng]Prof. Quansheng …Continue reading →

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