Thousand years

DNA analysis sheds light on Minoan and Mycenaean genetic origins

“Saffron Gatherer” from a Minoan fresco in Akrotiri, Santorini. Credit: public domain For the first time, scientists have obtained genetic material and analyzed the genome sequences of ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans, who lived three to five thousand years ago. The new analysis suggests that the Minoans and Mycenaeans share much of their genetic makeup. Dr. Iosif Lazaridis, of Harvard Medical ...

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Manu Minute: A good Moa to you

In Hawaiʻi, you have the opportunity to see a multitude of beautiful birds, ranging from the lianas that dot our forests to the sandpipers along our coasts, and even the seabirds that make their home in the heart of our cities! There are also a ton of chickens. The islands, and Kauaʻi in particular, are home to thousands of wild ...

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People in the Russian Arctic take a stand to protect their environment

About two years ago, mass protests in the Russian region of Arkhangelsk forced the Moscow authorities to abandon their plans to build a giant landfill near the village of Shiyes. The success of this “Stop Shiyes” struggle launched an ecological movement in the arctic region and ushered in a more environmentally friendly local leadership. It has also sown surprisingly divergent ...

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Tollund Man, Otzi the Ice Man: what their last meals reveal

Over three thousand years ago, in the heights of the Tyrolean Alps, two shepherds trudged through the thickening snow. For two days, the couple had tried in vain to get rid of a band of marauders. When they climbed high into the pasture to take refuge in the sheer cliffs of cliffs, the thieves chased them deep into a deep ...

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