Anthropology

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Anthropology is the study of humans, their close relatives and their cultural environment. Subfields of anthropology deal with hominin evolution and the comparative study of extant and past cultures.

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    Ancient DNA analysis of archaeological cat remains shows cats dispersed along trade routes from the Neolithic era onwards, while its gene pool shows admixture from multiple geographical sources and that the tabby allele originated in the Middle Ages.

    • Claudio Ottoni
    • , Wim Van Neer
    • , Bea De Cupere
    • , Julien Daligault
    • , Silvia Guimaraes
    • , Joris Peters
    • , Nikolai Spassov
    • , Mary E. Prendergast
    • , Nicole Boivin
    • , Arturo Morales-Muñiz
    • , Adrian Bălăşescu
    • , Cornelia Becker
    • , Norbert Benecke
    • , Adina Boroneant
    • , Hijlke Buitenhuis
    • , Jwana Chahoud
    • , Alison Crowther
    • , Laura Llorente
    • , Nina Manaseryan
    • , Hervé Monchot
    • , Vedat Onar
    • , Marta Osypińska
    • , Olivier Putelat
    • , Eréndira M. Quintana Morales
    • , Jacqueline Studer
    • , Ursula Wierer
    • , Ronny Decorte
    • , Thierry Grange
    •  & Eva-Maria Geigl
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    New human fossils from Jebel Irhoud (Morocco) document the earliest evolutionary stage of Homo sapiens and display modern conditions of the face and mandible combined with more primative features of the neurocranium.

    • Jean-Jacques Hublin
    • , Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer
    • , Shara E. Bailey
    • , Sarah E. Freidline
    • , Simon Neubauer
    • , Matthew M. Skinner
    • , Inga Bergmann
    • , Adeline Le Cabec
    • , Stefano Benazzi
    • , Katerina Harvati
    •  & Philipp Gunz
    Nature 546, 289–292
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    Thermoluminescence dating of fire-heated flint artefacts, and directly associated newly discovered remains of Homo sapiens, indicate that the Middle Stone Age site of Jebel Irhoud in Morocco is 383–247 thousand years old.

    • Daniel Richter
    • , Rainer Grün
    • , Renaud Joannes-Boyau
    • , Teresa E. Steele
    • , Fethi Amani
    • , Mathieu Rué
    • , Paul Fernandes
    • , Jean-Paul Raynal
    • , Denis Geraads
    • , Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer
    • , Jean-Jacques Hublin
    •  & Shannon P. McPherron
    Nature 546, 293–296
  • Reviews |

    Invasive plants pose a particular environmental management issue given rapid environmental change and an unpredictable future. Productive connections have recently been established between social and natural science approaches to the problem.

    • Lesley Head
    Nature Plants 3, 17075
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    Carbon and nitrogen isotope measurements of crop remains from archaeological sites in northern Mesopotamia show labour-intensive practices such as manuring and water management forming an integral part of agriculture since the seventh millennium bc.

    • Amy K. Styring
    • , Michael Charles
    • , Federica Fantone
    • , Mette Marie Hald
    • , Augusta McMahon
    • , Richard H. Meadow
    • , Geoff K. Nicholls
    • , Ajita K. Patel
    • , Mindy C. Pitre
    • , Alexia Smith
    • , Arkadiusz Sołtysiak
    • , Gil Stein
    • , Jill A. Weber
    • , Harvey Weiss
    •  & Amy Bogaard
    Nature Plants 3, 17076

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