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How climate shaped human migration

World Climate map

A colossal simulation of the past two million years of Earth’s climate provides evidence that temperature and other planetary conditions influenced early human migration.

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Study assesses cooperation networks in Legislature

Capitol Building

Groups of humans follow basic social rules: They build relationships, form alliances and exchange favors to help one another survive.

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Gold in Utah?

Ancient gold

“One of the main, big motivators for the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs was that they were just enthralled by the amount of gold,” stated Richard Paine.

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Extinction of ancient herbivores fueled wildfires

Tyler Faith Natural History History Museum

Despite its name, the ice age saw its fair share of wildfires, particularly towards the end. Humans were partly to blame, as was likely a catastrophic comet that burned some 10% of the earth’s surface almost 13,000 years ago. But Faith and his colleagues found another surprising culprit: the disappearance of large grazers.

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Last Updated: 3/11/22