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Japanese-Korean-Turkish language group traced to farmers in ancient China

Nov 10 2021

A study combining linguistic, genetic and archaeological evidence has traced the origins of the family of languages including modern Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Mongolian and the people who speak them to millet farmers who inhabited a region in northeastern China about 9,000 years ago.

For baleen whales, meals are tons of fun - and lots of tons

Nov 03 2021

WASHINGTON The first study to methodically calculate how much food blue whales and some of their close relatives eat has yielded a simple answer: a whole lot.

Jupiter's huge Great Red Spot storm is much deeper than expected

Oct 28 2021

WASHINGTON Data from NASA's Juno spacecraft is providing a deeper understanding of Jupiter's wondrous and violent atmosphere including its Great Red Spot, finding that this immense swirling storm extends much further down than expected.

DNA from Sitting Bull's hair confirms living great-grandson's ancestry

Oct 27 2021

WASHINGTON A sample of Sitting Bull's hair has helped scientists confirm that a South Dakota man is the famed 19th century Native American leader's great-grandson using a new method to analyze family lineages with DNA fragments from long-dead people.

Remote-sensing reveals details of ancient Olmec site in Mexico

Oct 25 2021

Aerial remote-sensing of a large region of Mexico has revealed hundreds of ancient Mesoamerican ceremonial centers, including a large one at an important site for the ancient Olmec culture that is known for its colossal stone heads.

Patagonian fossils show Jurassic dinosaur had the herd mentality

Oct 21 2021

A vast trove of fossils unearthed in Argentina's southern Patagonia region is offering the oldest-known evidence that some dinosaurs thrived in a complex and well-organized herd structure, with adults caring for the young and sharing a communal nesting ground.

Goodbye, Columbus: Vikings crossed the Atlantic 1,000 years ago

Oct 20 2021

Long before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, eight timber-framed buildings covered in sod stood on a terrace above a peat bog and stream at the northern tip of Canada's island of Newfoundland, evidence that the Vikings had reached the New World first.

Colin Powell, top U.S. soldier and diplomat, dies of COVID-19 complications

Oct 19 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, a top military officer and a national security adviser, died on Monday at age 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated, his family said. | Video

Colin Powell, U.S. military leader and first Black secretary of state, dies

Oct 18 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Colin Powell became the first Black U.S. secretary of state and top military officer during decades as one of America's most prominent leaders, but his reputation was tainted in 2003 when he touted spurious intelligence at the United Nations to make the case for war with Iraq despite deep misgivings.

Hearth site in Utah desert reveals human tobacco use 12,300 years ago

Oct 11 2021

WASHINGTON Scientists have unearthed evidence of a milestone in human culture - the earliest-known use of tobacco - in the remnants of a hearth built by early inhabitants of North America's interior about 12,300 years ago in Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert.

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