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Modern humans were in Southeast Asia 20,000 years earlier than thought, ancient teeth reveal

When Dutch archaeologist D. A. Hooijer first saw a pair of weathered teeth recovered from a remote cave on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, he noted that they were about the right size and shape to belong to modern humans. But in 1948, he

John Danaher, the Jujitsu Master Turning an Ancient Art Into a Modern Science

  Dahner’s training clears away the complexity of jujitsu by continually reorganizing and refining only the most efficient moves. Illustration by Jesse Draxler / Photograph by Jeff Chu On a Saturday afternoon in February, John Danaher stood in the middle of Columbia’s Andrew F.

Most modern horses came from just two ancient lineages

Horse breeding records are some of the most impressive efforts to chronicle animal lineages in human history, with some stretching back thousands of years. Yet decoding the genetic origins of today’s horses has proved remarkably difficult. Now, a new study finds that nearly all modern