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  1. profile photo of the top section of a gold sarcophagus belonging to King Tutankhamun
    Archaeology

     King Tut’s tomb still has secrets to reveal 100 years after its discovery

    More of Tut’s story is poised to come to light in the coming years. Here are four things to know on the 100th anniversary of his tomb’s discovery.
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  2. An illustration of a Siberian Neandertal father carrying his young daughter on his shoulders.
    Genetics

     Ancient DNA unveils Siberian Neandertals’ small-scale social lives

    Females often moved into their mate’s communities, which totaled about 20 individuals, researchers say.
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  3. black and white image of Louis Armstrong holding a trumpet surround by other jazz musicians
    Humans

    Here’s where jazz gets its swing

    Swing, the feeling of a rhythm in jazz music that compels feet to tap, may arise from near-imperceptible delays in musicians’ timing, a study shows.
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  4. Tina Lasisi
    Anthropology

     Tina Lasisi wants to untangle the evolution of human hair

    Tina Lasisi is pioneering studies of human variation in an ethical and scientifically sound way.
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  5. painting on the side of a Maya vase that depicts a ruler speaking to a kneeling attendant while tamales are prepared
    Anthropology

     In Maya society, cacao use was for everyone, not just royals

    Previously considered a preserve of Maya elites, cacao was consumed across all social strata, a new study finds.
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  6. a fossilized ape jaw on a black background. The jaw has several discolored teeth
    Anthropology

     Fossil finds put gibbons in Asia as early as 8 million years ago

    Specimens from China raise questions about the evolutionary ID of an even older ape tooth from India.
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  7. black and white illustration of buildings at the ancient settlement Abu Hureyra
    Anthropology

     Humans may have started tending animals almost 13,000 years ago

    Remnants from an ancient fire pit in Syria suggest that hunter-gatherers were burning dung as fuel by the end of the Old Stone Age.
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  8. image of a young adult’s skeleton with the lower left leg absent
    Anthropology

     The oldest known surgical amputation occurred 31,000 years ago

    A young adult on the island of Borneo survived a lower left leg removal thanks to medically savvy rainforest surgeons.
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  9. An engraving of Hercules capturing the three-headed dog Cerberus with a rope around its neck amidst mysterious flames
    Anthropology

     How mythology could help demystify dog domestication

    The path that dog myths took around the world closely parallels that of dog domestication, a new study finds.
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