Monthly Archives: March 2013

3400 year old sundial could have been used to control working hours

The University of Basel reports the discovery of one of the oldest known sun dials in the Kings Valley in Upper Egypt. It was found among 13th century BCE stone huts presumed to house workers who were building the tombs in the Kings Valley. With time keeping for working hours of this sophistication, the system for calculation and payment of wages must have been equally sophisticated Continue reading

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Ancient DNA confirms Altai dog from 33,000 years ago

Researchers have analysed ancient DNA control region from a putative dog specimen dated to. 33,000 years ago from the Altai Mountains in central Asia and have found that the Altai dog is more closely related to modern dogs and prehistoric New World canids than it is to contemporary wolves. Continue reading

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Rare human Y-chromosome found to have a common ancestor pre-dating AMH

Analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago and pre-dating the assumed arrival of AMH by some 100,000 years. Continue reading

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