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As I stated before?

"Comfirmation bias from who to what?"

"Not what is confirmation bias?"

Seems you have a slight confirmation bias of your own?

Hmmmmm.
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Analysis of mummy hair shows the Incas gave chosen children large quantities of alcohol and coca before sacrificing them to the gods. As for the parents forced to contribute their kids, no tears allowed. http://bit.ly/18KLP5I
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Whoa, horrible!  Was this ritual post-"first contact" or a continuation of an earlier tradition?
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Scientists announced today that they have obtained a complete genome from a 700,000-year-old horse fossil. This is waaaay older than the previous record holder. Comparison of this genome with genomes of other equids revealed some surprising things about horse evolution. I wondered whether researchers might eventually be able to get DNA from human fossils this old (or older), so I asked around---and got some intriguing answers. Here's what I found out. http://bit.ly/17gAv0k
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If you weren't on Twitter over the weekend, you missed out on a hilarious parody of the aquatic ape theory. Here are some highlights. http://bit.ly/11Ae0iS
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I NEED TO KNOW are u A STUDENT OF HISTORY!!
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In the May issue of Scientific American, geneticist Michael Hammer explains what recent evidence for mating between Homo sapiens and archaic humans means for understanding modern human origins--and hints that such interbreeding might have been the secret of H. sapiens's success.  While editing Hammer's article I decided to find out if I have any Neandertal DNA. I submitted DNA samples to 23andMe and the Genographic Project for analysis. In this blog post I report on what I found out about my paleoancestry and the questions my results raised: http://bit.ly/Zg6gEN
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My take on China's ceremonial destruction of 6+ tons of confiscated elephant ivory earlier today: it's a step in the right direction, but only a baby step. China is sitting on much more illegal ivory than that, and it has a legal domestic ivory trade that provides cover for illegal wildlife trafficking. 

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/01/06/china-crushes-ivory-but-must-do-more-to-fight-wildlife-crime/
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Last week I watched as the US pulverized 6 tons of confiscated elephant ivory--an amount that could fetch up to $12 million on the black market--to send a message to the world that it will not tolerate illegal wildlife trafficking. But critics charge that the destruction of ivory stockpiles will drive ivory prices up and lead to more elephant poaching. I asked proponents of the US ivory crush to respond to that argument. Here's what they said. 

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/11/19/why-the-u-s-destroyed-its-ivory-stockpile/
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Sad and eye-opening article.
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Australian archaeologist Mike Morwood, co-discoverer of our tiny relative Homo floresiensis (aka the hobbit), died on Tuesday. Here's my post on how that find forced scientists to reconsider some enduring ideas about human evolution. 
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I am anthropology student 1st year at Langara College, Vancouver BC
And would like to find out if my friend and \I are related, we have relatives with same name in small town northern Italy also would would like tro know what amount of my DNA is neanderthal
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You know that woolly mammoth carcass that everyone's talking about? The one that supposedly has liquid blood and maybe live cells, which could facilitate cloning efforts? It sounded a little too good to be true, so I asked some experts what they thought. The upshot: the specimen is awesome, but some of the claims are incorrect as reported or have yet to be established as fact. My report for Scientific American: http://bit.ly/11dNbn4
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WHO HERE IS A STUDENT OF HISTROY I AM
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Australopithecus sediba, the recently discovered 2-million-year-old human ancestor from South Africa, has been in the news again this month, which got me to wondering whether this might just be the most important hominin find yet. http://bit.ly/15LRMzP 
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The CITES meeting on wildlife trafficking is about to get under way in Bangkok. The slaughter of elephants and rhinos is going to be a hot topic there, with poaching numbers soaring recently thanks to growing demand for their ivory and horns. I take a look at the some of the latest thinking on how to save these animals, which could be driven to extinction in a couple decades if poaching continues apace. http://bit.ly/YTUE96
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STUDENT S OF history yes? this year?
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