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  • Pig Study Sheds New Light On The Colonisation Of Europe By Early Farmers

    09/05/2007 10:35:50 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 505+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 9-4-2007 | Durham University - Alex Thomas
    Contact: Alex Thomas 01-913-346-075 Durham University Pig study sheds new light on the colonisation of Europe by early farmers The earliest domesticated pigs in Europe, which many archaeologists believed to be descended from European wild boar, were actually introduced from the Middle East by Stone Age farmers, new research suggests. The research by an international team led by archaeologists at Durham University, which is published today in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences USA, analysed mitochondrial DNA from ancient and modern pig remains. Its findings also suggest that the migration of an expanding Middle Eastern...
  • Pig Study Forces Rethink Of Pacific Colonisation

    03/13/2007 11:22:38 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 601+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-13-2007 | Durham University
    Source: Durham University Date: March 13, 2007 Pig Study Forces Rethink Of Pacific Colonisation Science Daily — A survey of wild and domestic pigs has caused archaeologists to reconsider both the origins of the first Pacific colonists and the migration routes humans travelled to reach the remote Pacific. Scientists from Durham University and the University of Oxford, studying DNA and tooth shape in modern and ancient pigs, have revealed that, in direct contradiction to longstanding ideas, ancient human colonists may have originated in Vietnam and travelled between numerous islands before first reaching New Guinea, and later landing on Hawaii and...
  • Mummy's Amazing American Maize

    02/14/2007 8:49:13 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 648+ views
    Alpha Galileo ^ | 2-14-2007 | U of M
    Mummy’s amazing American maize The far-reaching influence of Spanish and Portuguese colonisers appears not to have extended to South American agriculture, scientists studying Andean mummies up to 1,400 years old have found. The University of Manchester researchers working with colleagues in Buenos Aires compared the DNA of ancient maize found in the funerary offerings of the mummy and at other sites in northwest Argentina with that grown in the same region today. Surprisingly, they found both ancient and modern samples of the crop were genetically almost identical indicating that modern European influence has not been as great as previously...
  • US plans for Moon base

    12/05/2006 11:17:13 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 85 replies · 1,752+ views
    BBC ^ | December 5, 2006
    US plans for Moon base US space agency Nasa says it is planning to start work on a base on the Moon after astronauts begin flying back there in 2020. The maps and graphics below show how and where man could live on the Moon. Nasa scientists say the best approach is to develop a solar-powered moon base and to locate it near one of the poles of the moon - such as the Shackleton Crater near the South Pole. The poles offer moderate temperatures, high percentage of sunlight which means greater potential for solar power and more opportunities...