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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817590/reconstructing-asian-faunal-introductions-to-eastern-africa-from-multi-proxy-biomolecular-and-archaeological-datasets
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Mary E Prendergast, Michael Buckley, Alison Crowther, Laurent Frantz, Heidi Eager, Ophélie Lebrasseur, Rainer Hutterer, Ardern Hulme-Beaman, Wim Van Neer, Katerina Douka, Margaret-Ashley Veall, Eriéndira M Quintana Morales, Verena J Schuenemann, Ella Reiter, Richard Allen, Evangelos A Dimopoulos, Richard M Helm, Ceri Shipton, Ogeto Mwebi, Christiane Denys, Mark Horton, Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Jeffrey Fleisher, Chantal Radimilahy, Henry Wright, Jeremy B Searle, Johannes Krause, Greger Larson, Nicole L Boivin
Human-mediated biological exchange has had global social and ecological impacts. In sub-Saharan Africa, several domestic and commensal animals were introduced from Asia in the pre-modern period; however, the timing and nature of these introductions remain contentious. One model supports introduction to the eastern African coast after the mid-first millennium CE, while another posits introduction dating back to 3000 BCE. These distinct scenarios have implications for understanding the emergence of long-distance maritime connectivity, and the ecological and economic impacts of introduced species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817156/a-possible-grinder-from-tell-arbid-syria
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Mindy C Pitre, Rafał Koliński, Arkadiusz Sołtysiak
Cereal grinding has been practiced in Mesopotamia since the Upper Palaeolithic. While evidence of cereal grinding is clear from the archaeological and textual records, what remains unclear is whether the activity leaves signs on the skeleton in the form of markers of occupational stress (MOS). A particular constellation of MOS (e.g., osteoarthritis, traumatic injuries, and accessory articular facets) has previously been used to infer the habitual grinding of grain. These same MOS were recently observed in the skeleton of a female discovered in the Middle Bronze Age cemetery at Tell Arbid, NE Syria...
August 17, 2017: Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812734/human-behaviour-as-a-long-term-ecological-driver-of-non-human-evolution
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REVIEW
Alexis P Sullivan, Douglas W Bird, George H Perry
Due to our intensive subsistence and habitat-modification strategies-including broad-spectrum harvesting and predation, widespread landscape burning, settlement construction, and translocation of other species-humans have major roles as ecological actors who influence fundamental trophic interactions. Here we review how the long-term history of human-environment interaction has shaped the evolutionary biology of diverse non-human, non-domesticated species. Clear examples of anthropogenic effects on non-human morphological evolution have been documented in modern studies of substantial changes to body size or other major traits in terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants in response to selective human harvesting, urbanized habitats, and human-mediated translocation...
February 21, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808914/from-pleistocene-to-holocene-the-prehistory-of-southwest-asia-in-evolutionary-context
#4
Trevor Watkins
In this paper I seek to show how cultural niche construction theory offers the potential to extend the human evolutionary story beyond the Pleistocene, through the Neolithic, towards the kind of very large-scale societies in which we live today. The study of the human past has been compartmentalised, each compartment using different analytical vocabularies, so that their accounts are written in mutually incompatible languages. In recent years social, cognitive and cultural evolutionary theories, building on a growing body of archaeological evidence, have made substantial sense of the social and cultural evolution of the genus Homo...
August 14, 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808682/effects-of-population-dispersal-on-regional-signaling-networks-an-example-from-northern-iroquoia
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John P Hart, Jennifer Birch, Christian Gates St-Pierre
The dispersal of Iroquoian groups from St. Lawrence River valley during the 15th and 16th centuries A.D. has been a source of archaeological inquiry for decades. Social network analysis presented here indicates that sites from Jefferson County, New York at the head of the St. Lawrence River controlled interactions within regional social signaling networks during the 15th century A.D. Measures indicate that Jefferson County sites were in brokerage liaison positions between sites in New York and Ontario. In the network for the subsequent century, to which no Jefferson County sites are assigned, no single group took the place of Jefferson County in controlling network flow...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803756/speciation-range-contraction-and-extinction-in-the-endemic-new-zealand-king-shag-complex
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Nicolas J Rawlence, Charlotte E Till, Luke J Easton, Hamish G Spencer, Rob Schuckard, David S Melville, R Paul Scofield, Alan J D Tennyson, Matt J Rayner, Jonathan M Waters, Martyn Kennedy
New Zealand's endemic King Shag (Leucocarbo carunculatus) has occupied only a narrow portion of the northeastern South Island for at least the past 240years. However, pre-human Holocene fossil and archaeological remains have suggested a far more widespread distribution of the three Leucocarbo species (King, Otago, Foveaux) on mainland New Zealand at the time of Polynesian settlement in the late 13th Century CE. We use modern and ancient DNA, and morphometric and osteological analyses, of modern King Shags and Holocene fossil Leucocarbo remains to assess the pre-human distribution and taxonomic status of the King Shag on mainland New Zealand, and the resultant conservation implications...
August 10, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802723/site-formation-processes-of-the-early-acheulean-assemblage-at-ef-hr-olduvai-gorge-tanzania
#7
Ignacio de la Torre, Karol Wehr
This paper investigates the formation history of the early Acheulean site of EF-HR (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania). Our study focuses on the main site (T2-Main Trench) and adjacent trenches (T12 and T9), which constitute the bulk of the archaeological assemblage recently excavated in the EF-HR area (de la Torre et al., submitted). Site formation processes are investigated through taphonomic proxies and spatial analysis, and consider artifact features, orientation patterns, and topographic data retrieved during archaeological excavation...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802191/a-novel-method-for-sex-estimation-using-3d-computed-tomography-models-of-tooth-roots-a-volumetric-analysis
#8
Seyedeh M Kazzazi, Elena F Kranioti
Advances in technologies such as computed tomography (CT) scanning have allowed for further examination of dental sexual dimorphism in modern and archaeological populations.
August 4, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799623/an-unusual-discovery-of-human-remains-from-the-medieval-church-of-grevenmacher-luxembourg
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Bernd Trautmann, Christiane Bis-Worch
The occurrence of burned human remains on a Christian burial ground is very rare in medieval Europe. Therefore, the discovery of a complex consisting of commingled burned and unburned human bones within the church of Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) is from special interest for anthropological as well as archaeological research. In the current paper we present methods for a comprehensive analysis for such an exceptional case connected with the question if this bone accumulation represents a form of funerary custom or if other factors lead to its composition...
August 11, 2017: Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799621/ancient-dna-analysis-might-suggest-external-origin-of-individuals-from-chamber-graves-placed-in-medieval-cemetery-in-pie%C3%A5-central-poland
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Tomasz Płoszaj, Krystyna Jędrychowska-Dańska, Alicja Zamerska, Alicja Drozd-Lipińska, Dariusz Poliński, Andrzej Janowski, Henryk Witas
The participation of immigrants during early days in Poland of Piast's dynasty is a debated issue among archaeologists and anthropologists alike. Such hypotheses were formulated on the basis of, amongst others, the discovery of early medieval chamber graves characterized by construction features typical of the Scandinavian culture area. Archaeological and anthropological studies to date have not provided an unequivocal answer as to whether the individuals interred in those graves were autochthons who adopted a different burial rite, or perhaps immigrants from foreign lands...
August 11, 2017: Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798357/origin-and-dispersal-of-early-domestic-pigs-in-northern-china
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Hai Xiang, Jianqiang Gao, Dawei Cai, Yunbing Luo, Baoquan Yu, Langqing Liu, Ranran Liu, Hui Zhou, Xiaoyong Chen, Weitao Dun, Xi Wang, Michael Hofreiter, Xingbo Zhao
It is widely accepted that modern pigs were domesticated independently at least twice, and Chinese native pigs are deemed as direct descendants of the first domesticated pigs in the corresponding domestication centers. By analyzing mitochondrial DNA sequences of an extensive sample set spanning 10,000 years, we find that the earliest pigs from the middle Yellow River region already carried the maternal lineages that are dominant in both younger archaeological populations and modern Chinese pigs. Our data set also supports early Neolithic pig utilization and a long-term in situ origin for northeastern Chinese pigs during 8,000-3,500 BP, suggesting a possibly independent domestication in northeast China...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798102/comment-on-permanent-human-occupation-of-the-central-tibetan-plateau-in-the-early-holocene
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Dongju Zhang, Naimeng Zhang, Jian Wang, Bibu Ha, Guanghui Dong, Fahu Chen
Meyer et al (Reports, 6 January 2017, p. 64) claim that permanent human occupation of the central Tibetan Plateau started in the early Holocene without the support of an agropastoral economy. By careful examination, we find that neither the archaeological evidence nor the travel cost modeling provided by Meyer et al could support the permanent human occupation assertion.
August 11, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797516/the-carnivorous-feeding-behavior-of-early-homo-at-hwk-ee-bed-ii-olduvai-gorge-tanzania
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Michael C Pante, Jackson K Njau, Blaire Hensley-Marschand, Trevor L Keevil, Carmen Martín-Ramos, Renata Franco Peters, Ignacio de la Torre
The regular consumption of large mammal carcasses, as evidenced by butchery marks on fossils recovered from Early Stone Age archaeological sites, roughly coincides with the appearance of Homo habilis. However, the significance of this niche expansion cannot be appreciated without an understanding of hominin feeding behavior and their ecological interactions with mammalian carnivores. The Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project (OGAP) has recovered a large and well-preserved fossil assemblage from the HWK EE site, which was deposited just prior to the first appearance of Acheulean technology at Olduvai Gorge and likely represents one of the last H...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792976/relationship-between-ancient-bridges-and-population-dynamics-in-the-lower-yangtze-river-basin-china
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Yang Zhao, Xin Jia, Harry F Lee, Hongqiang Zhao, Shuliang Cai, Xianjin Huang
It has been suggested that population growth dynamics may be revealed by the geographic distribution and the physical structure of ancient bridges. Yet, this relationship has not been empirically verified. In this study, we applied the archaeological records for ancient bridges to reveal the population growth dynamics in the lower Yangtze River Basin in late imperial China. We investigated 89 ancient bridges in Yixing that were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties (AD1368-1911). Global Position System information and structure (length, width, and span) of those bridges was measured during our field investigations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792933/an-early-modern-human-presence-in-sumatra-73-000-63-000-years-ago
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K E Westaway, J Louys, R Due Awe, M J Morwood, G J Price, J-X Zhao, M Aubert, R Joannes-Boyau, T M Smith, M M Skinner, T Compton, R M Bailey, G D van den Bergh, J de Vos, A W G Pike, C Stringer, E W Saptomo, Y Rizal, J Zaim, W D Santoso, A Trihascaryo, L Kinsley, B Sulistyanto
Genetic evidence for anatomically modern humans (AMH) out of Africa before 75 thousand years ago (ka) and in island southeast Asia (ISEA) before 60 ka (93-61 ka) predates accepted archaeological records of occupation in the region. Claims that AMH arrived in ISEA before 60 ka (ref. 4) have been supported only by equivocal or non-skeletal evidence. AMH evidence from this period is rare and lacks robust chronologies owing to a lack of direct dating applications, poor preservation and/or excavation strategies and questionable taxonomic identifications...
August 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791677/patterns-and-prevalence-of-violence-related-skull-trauma-in-medieval-london
#16
Kathryn Krakowka
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to identify the patterns and prevalence of violence-related skull trauma (including the cranium and mandible) among a large sample of skeletons from medieval London (1050-1550 AD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, data from 399 skulls, representing six different sites from across medieval London, were analyzed for evidence of trauma and assessed for the likelihood that it was caused by violence. The sites include the three parish cemeteries of St Nicholas Shambles (GPO75), St Lawrence Jewry (GYE92), and St Benet Sherehog (ONE94); the two monastic houses of London Blackfriars (PIC87) and St Mary Graces (MIN86); and the early inmate cemetery from the medieval hospital of St Mary Spital (NRT85)...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783428/apex-predators-rockshelters-and-zoonoses-in-the-patagonian-holocene
#17
Martin Fugassa, Romina Petrigh
Carnivorous mammals are a trophic guild with an important role in the dissemination of parasite infective stages (larvae, eggs, cysts, and oocysts). In the present study, new samples of coprolites attributed to carnivorous mammals, obtained from two archaeological caves, were analyzed for the presence of parasites, with the aim to increase the knowledge about parasites in rockshelters that could have spread to humans and other mammals. To this purpose, fragments of 3 coprolites from Cerro Casa de Piedra, cave 5 (CCP5) and cave 7 (CCP7) were examined...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782013/modified-human-crania-from-g%C3%A3-bekli-tepe-provide-evidence-for-a-new-form-of-neolithic-skull-cult
#18
Julia Gresky, Juliane Haelm, Lee Clare
Archaeological excavations at Göbekli Tepe, a transitional Neolithic site in southeast Turkey, have revealed the earliest megalithic ritual architecture with characteristic T-shaped pillars. Although human burials are still absent from the site, a number of fragmented human bones have been recovered from fill deposits of buildings and from adjacent areas. We focus on three partially preserved human skulls, all of which carry artificial modifications of a type so far unknown from contemporaneous sites and the ethnographic record...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780964/the-contexts-and-early-acheulean-archaeology-of-the-ef-hr-paleo-landscape-olduvai-gorge-tanzania
#19
Ignacio de la Torre, Rosa M Albert, Richard Macphail, Lindsay J McHenry, Michael C Pante, Ágata Rodríguez-Cintas, Ian G Stanistreet, Harald Stollhofen
Renewed fieldwork at the early Acheulean site of EF-HR (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania) has included detailed stratigraphic studies of the sequence, extended excavations in the main site, and has placed eleven additional trenches within an area of nearly 1 km(2), to sample the same stratigraphic interval as in the main trench across the broader paleo-landscape. Our new stratigraphic work suggests that EF-HR is positioned higher in the Bed II sequence than previously proposed, which has implications for the age of the site and its stratigraphic correlation to other Olduvai Middle Bed II sites...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773030/new-insights-in-the-long-term-atmospheric-corrosion-mechanisms-of-low-alloy-steel-reinforcements-of-cultural-heritage-buildings
#20
Marie Bouchar, Philippe Dillmann, Delphine Neff
Reinforcing clamps made of low alloy steel from the Metz cathedral and corroded outdoors during 500 years were studied by OM, FESEM/EDS, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The corrosion product layer is constituted of a dual structure. The outer layer is mainly constituted of goethite and lepidocrocite embedding exogenous elements such as Ca and P. The inner layer is mainly constituted of ferrihydrite. The behaviour of the inner layer under conditions simulating the wetting stage of the RH wet/dry atmospheric corrosion cycle was observed by in situ micro-Raman spectroscopy...
June 19, 2017: Materials
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