Human Nature

September 2018

Last Inca Stronghold Cleared in Peru, Revealing Mix of Inca, Older Wari Cultures — See Photos (The Guardian, 9/28/18).

Aerial Lidar Surveys of Jungle Covered Mayan Ruins Reveal Vast Cities, Elevated Roads, Extensive Agriculture — See Photos, Images & Video (EOS, 9/27/18). Read more, see more maps and photos here.

Study: Neanderthal Hands Adapted for Holding Clubs…and Painting, Making Jewelry — See Animated Video (Smithsonian, 9/27/18). Read more here.

Study: Narcissism, Sadism, Other Dark Human Traits Spring from Same Dark Core (Science Daily, 9/26/18).

Study: Humans Braved Interior of Australia’s Harsh Western Desert 10,000 Years Earlier than Thought — See Photo (Science, 6/26/18).

• Study: Discovery of Ancient Game Pieces Made of Whalebone Could Mark Rise of Whaling in Scandinavia — See Photo & Diagram (Hakai, 9/25/18).

Researchers Find More Intriguing Bone Fragments in Cave that Yielded Bone of Neanderthal-Denisovan Child — See Photos (Nature, 9/20/18).

Study Findings: Kids Weren’t Kids in Ancient Times — They Worked (Nature, 9/18/18).

American Woman Sets New Cycling Speed Record of 183.9 MPH — See Photo (The Washington Post, 9/18/18).

Researchers Come UP with 4 New Basic Personality Types (The Washington Post, 9/17/18). Read more, see video here.

Hunting Marks on Ancient Bird Bones Push Back Human Arrival on Madagascar from 4,000 to 10,500 Years Ago — See Photo & Illo (Futurity, 9/14/18).

Researcher Compares  Bit of Mayan History Recorded on Newly Discovered Carved Altar Stone to Game of Thrones — See Photos (Phys.Org, 9/14/18).

Study: People Are Often but Not Always Accurate Judges of Own Behavior (Live Science, 9/14/18).

Study: Ancient Mayans Trapped, Traded Big Cats, Other Animals for Status, Sacrifice, Pelts, Food — See Photo (Phys.Org, 9/12/18). Read more, see video here.

Finding: Ochre Lines on Small Stone Found in South African Cave are Oldest Drawings Made by Humans — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/12/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

• Studies: Like Humans, Chimps & Bonobos Can Be Generous..and Selfish — See Photo   (The New York Times, 9/11/18).

Legendary Mountain/Ice Climber Jeff Lowe Dies at 67 — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/11/18).

Study: Residue in Pottery Pushes First Cheese-Making Back 4,000 Years to 7,200 Years Ago — See Photos (, 9/5/18). Read more here.

Researcher Says Study Shows Infants Can Tell Leaders from Bullies (EurekAlert, 9/3/18). Read more here.

Study: Babylonians Really Liked Their Beer — See Photos (COSMOS, 9/3/18).

A Writer’s Adventures in the World of Hyperpolyglots, aka People Who Speak Lots of Languages (The New Yorker, 9/3/18).

95-Year-Old British Vet Breaks Own Record from Previous Year as Oldest Male Scuba Diver —See Photos (NDTV, 9/2/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

August 2018

Rosehip neuron (top), connecting pyramidal cell (bottom) / Tamas Lab, U of Szeged, NPR / Click for more.

Theory: Extended Cold Snaps Helped Wipe Out Neanderthals (Smithsonian, 8/29/18). Read more here.

Oral Traditions of Indigenous People Preserve, Pass Down Accurate Accounts of Ancient Geological Events (COSMOS, 8/292/18).

Researchers Identify New Type of Neuron in Human Brain — See Images, Listen to Radio Segment (NPR, 8/27/18). Read more, see more images here, here and here.

Members of Uncontacted Amazon Tribes Caught on Drone — See Video (CBS News, 8/24/18).

In Ubang, Nigeria, Males & Females of Same Village Speak Different Languages — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 8/23/18).

Analysis: Early Australians Made Sophisticated Observations of Night Skies (COSMOS, 8/23/18).

Study: Bone Fragment Found in Remote Cave is First Physical Proof that Neanderthals, Denisovans Mated, Had Children — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 8/22/18). Read more, see more photos and video here and here. Listen to a radio segment here.

Study: Beads, Pendants, Earrings Found in Ancient Kenyan Burial Site Suggest Early Pastoralists Had Egalitarian Culture — See Photos (Futurity, 8/23/18).

Study: Stone-Tool Analysis Helps Date when Humans Developed Strong Grip — See Photo (, 8/20/18).

Expert Opinion: It’s Human to Love Bling — See Photos, Diagrams & Video (The Conversation, 8/19/18).

Quick to See Faces, Animals in Clouds? Chalk It Up to Keen Sense of Pariedolia — See Photos (EarthSky, 8/19/18).

Study: Egyptians Were Mummifying Bodies Long Before Age of Pharaohs — See Photo (COSMOS, 8/16/18).

Study: Composition of Tools Used to Carve Easter Island Moai Suggest Cooperative, Not Competitive Culture — See Photos (COSMOS, 8/14/18).

July 2018

Study: Early Native Americans Used Fire to Hunt Bison — But Not the Way You Might Think (Futurity, 7/26/18).

Studies: Early People Were Farming in Amazon Region Much Earlier than Thought (COSMOS, 7/26/18).

Oregon Woman Finds Wild Cougar in House, Claims Cat-Like Blinking, Mental Communication Got It to Leave (New York City Patch, 7/25/18).

Study: Sexism in Ancient Times Detected in Tools, Jewelry Found in Graves — See Photo  & Chart (Quartz, 7/24/18).

Archeologists Pretty Sure They’ve Found Skeleton of Key Member of Early Jamestown Settlement — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 7/24/18).

Brazilian Government Releases Film Footage of Lone Survivor of Isolated Tribe — See Video (The New York Times, 7/20/18).

Early Humans Walking Along Shorelines Leave Footprints in Sands of Time — See Photos (Hakai, 7/18/18).

Study: Ancient Roman Whaling May Wiped Out Grays, Rights in Mediterranean Sea — See Maps & Photos (The New York Times, 7/16/18).

Hunter-Gatherers Left Pieces of World’s Oldest-Known Bread in Jordan — See Photos (The Washington Post, 7/16/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Study: Ötzi, the 53,00-Year-Old Iceman, Ate Grains and Meat — See Photo & Video (National Geographic, 7/12/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: Stone Tools Found in China Suggest Human Ancestors Left Africa Earlier than Thought — See Photo & Map (Nature, 7/11/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Study: Findings Suggest Early Pre-Humans Arose All Across Africa around Same Time — See Photos (The Guardian, 7/11/18).

Archeologists Piece Together Life Stories of 4 Rare, Intact Skeletons at Stonehenge (COSMOS, 7/10/18).

Huge, Unopened Sarcophagus, Carved Head of Man, Found in Egyptian Tomb — See Photos (Live Science, 7/10/18).

Drought-Stricken Landscape Reveals Crop Marks of Ancient Settlements in Wales — See Photos (BBC News, 7/7/18).

Discovery of Oldest Human Remains in Australia Inspire Collaboration Between Scientists, Aborigines — See Photos (COSMOS, 7/5/18). Read more here.

Study: Feasting Helped Promote Cooperation, Civilization in Early Cultures — See Photos & Illo (The Conversation, 7/3/18).

Study: High Testosterone in Men Drives Preference for Luxury Goods (EurekAlert, 7/3/18).


May 2018

Scientists Believe Neanderthal Engravings on Small Piece of Flint Meant Something…But What? — See Photos (COSMOS, 5/3/18).

April 2018

Study Finds Friends Have Similar Brain Wave Responses to Video Clips (The New York Times, 4/16/18).

Exquisite Mosaics, Possibly by African Artisans, Draw Visitors to World Heritage Site Villa in Sicily — See Video (National Geographic, 4/14/18).

Modern Mexicans Carry Lost History of Early Immigrant Groups in Genes (Science, 4/13/18).

• Opinion: Saving Wildlife Helps Humans, Too — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/7/18).

Efforts to Assess Damage to Peru’s Nazca Lines Lead to Discovery of More, Older Drawings— See Photos, Diagrams and Video (National Geographic, 4/5/18).

Finding: Neanderthals Cared for Their Own, Buried Their Dead — See Photos (The Conversation, 4/5/18).

Study: Neanderthals’ Big Noses Served a Purpose — See Photos (COSMOS, 4/5/18).

• BBC Admits Scenes in Documentary on Papua New Guinea Tribe, Other Nature Programs, were Staged — See Footage (The Guardian, 4/4/18). Read more, see more video here.

Theory: Vikings Used Crystals to Navigate when Sun was Concealed (The Washington Post, 4/4/18).

Mummy Mystery: Whose Head Is It, Anyway? — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/2/18).

March 2018

Photo & enhanced version of 1 of 29 human footprints dating back to last Ice Age found along BC coast / Duncan McClaren, Gizmodo / Click for more.

Humans Don’t Have  5 Senses, They Have 10 — See Photos (COSMOS, 1/31/18).

• Study: Ancient Egyptians’ Efforts to Prepare for Drought Offer Climate Change Lessons for Modern Societies (The New York Times, 3/30/18).

Researchers Find Human Footprints from Ice Age on British Columbia Shore — See Photos & Diagram (Gizmodo, 3/28/18). Read more, see more photos, maps and video here, here, here and here. Read the study here.

Wales Professor ID’s Rare Partial Image of Mysterious Female Pharaoh on Fragments of Carvings Pulled from Storage — See Photo (COSMOS, 3/27/18).

Researchers Find Remains of Ancient Villages in New Part of Amazon, More Evidence of Dense Population before Europeans Arrived — See Photos (New Scientist, 3/27/18). Read more, see more photos here.

• Study: Very Tiny Mummified Skeleton Not Alien — Human with Unique Disorder — See Photo (The New York Times, 3/22/18).

• Meet the (Older) Man who Crossed the Ocean in a Kayak…3 Times — See Photos & Maps (The New York Times, 3/22/18).

• NINYF*: 2 Men Almost Die in Iditarod — See Photos (The Washington Post, 3/20/18).

• Early Humans Met, Mated with Mysterious Denisovans in 2 Separate Waves — See Illo (COSMOS, 3/16/18). Read more, see more illos and video here.

* Nature is not your friend.

February 2018

• Researchers Astonished by Evidence that Neanderthals Created Art — See Photo (Science, 2/23/18). Read more, see more photos here and here. See video report here.

• Study: Some Modern Caribbean People May Carry Ancient, pre-Contact Taino Genes (Science, 2/23/18).

• Ancient Tools Discovered in Tuscany Add to Evidence that Neanderthals Used Fire — See Photo (COSMOS, 2/6/18).

 Ancient Tools Discovered in India Indicate Humans Left Africa Earlier than Thought — See Photos (The Conversation, 2/1/18). Read more, see more photos here, here and here.

January 2018

Age of Jawbone Fossil Found in Israel Pushes Back Date Humans Left Africa by 50,000 Years — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 1/25/18).

Study: Salmonella Strong Candidate for Killing Millions of Aztecs in 1545 (Daily Kos, 1/15/18).

Baby Buried in Alaska 11,500 Years Ago Belonged to Lost Branch of Ancient Native Americans — See Photos (The Verge, 1/3/18). Read more here.