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Plagued for millennia: The complex transmission and ecology of prehistoric Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pestis is the bacterium that causes plague, a zoonotic disease transmitted from rodents to humans via fleas. It is also renowned for being involved in three pandemics throughout human history. In recent years it has become evident that Y. pestis’ association with humans predates... click to read more

  • Aida Andrades Valtueña | Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Gunnar U. Neumann | PhD Student at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Alexander Herbig | Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 31, 2023
Our ancestors in Africa ate roasted root vegetables 170 thousand years ago

Almost everyone enjoys roasted root vegetables, and our ancestors were no exception. An archaeological team excavated the remains of starchy rhizomes cooked 170,000 years ago in the Border Cave, South Africa. In total, 55 whole charred rhizomes were recovered from the same species - Hypoxis... click to read more

  • Lyn Wadley | Honorary Professor at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Christine Sievers | Senior Lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 15, 2020
Ancient human DNA from a 10000 years old "chewing gum"

In recent decades ancient DNA has been continuously used as a part of the tool-kit for studying human history and evolution. Ancient human DNA is found in both organic and inorganic material, for example, bones, teeth, mummified materials, coprolites, soil, etc. Bones and teeth harbor the... click to read more

  • Natalija Kashuba | PhD student at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology, Uppsala University, Sweden
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Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 3, 2019