Good and bad things that religion has brought about

The Nobel Prize in Physics Steven Weinberg said that "With or without religion, good people will do good and bad people will do evil, but for good people to do evil, religion is needed." However, while he is partly right, it is also true that religions have produced both positive and negative effects. Another thing … Read more

The oldest salary in the world was paid in beer

The Roman soldiers who guarded the Via Salaria route received part of their payment in salt. This part was called "salarium argentum" (added salt). That’s where the word "salary" comes from . However, salt was not the first thing that was used to pay a salary or salary. The first thing was beer . Brewery … Read more

This is the face of the ‘first’ Cro-Magnon, and it has a tumor

Scientists from the University of Versailles in Sant Quentin en Yvelines conducted a direct anthropological and medical examination, carried out a micro-CT scan , of the ‘Cro-Magnon 1’ skull, the ‘first’ Cro-Magnon man, whose remains date back to 27,680 years and were discovered 150 years ago in the Cave of Eyzies (France). His face has … Read more

The endangered language of this tribe is amplified by drums

The Bora people of the Northwest Amazon, an indigenous group of about 1,500 members who reside in small communities in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia and Peru, not only reproduce the melody of words and sentences in this endangered language, but also their rhythm . In this way, their language not only has a rhythm, … Read more

World’s oldest figurative painting found in Borneo cave

In a cave in the Borneo jungle, a group of researchers have found the oldest figurative painting in the world . The cave drawing in Borneo, depicting an animal, is at least 40,000 years old , raising intriguing questions about creativity in ancient societies. Figurative art Until now, the oldest known human-made figures were ivory … Read more

How farming made us shorter than we were

While the maximum height a person reaches is largely influenced by genes, actual height is strongly restricted by the environment: malnutrition, disease, or other physiological pressures prevent a person from growing as tall as they should. For that reason, and looking at height, we can affirm that the birth of agriculture did not mean a … Read more

Human disease influenced the extinction of Neanderthals

According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications , the main reason we are the only human group left on the planet is probably because we spread diseases that killed the rest, such as Neanderthals . Using mathematical models of disease transmission and gene flow, it suggests how the unique diseases harbored … Read more

The venus would not be a symbol of fertility, but a consequence of an extreme climate and associated famines

Even though we’ve all taken it for granted that Willendorf’s venus symbolizes fertility, a new interpretation suggests that we’re actually seeing something else. The venus of Willedorf, and other venus, would be a sign of fear or hope of hunter-gatherers due to the sudden drop in temperatures and the lack of food associated with them. … Read more

It was in Germany, between 16,000 and 14,000 years ago, that the European dog was born, according to a new study

According to a research team led by the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and the Paleoenvironment at the University of Tübingen, the transition from wild wolves to domesticated dogs in Europe may have occurred in southwestern Germany between 16,000 and 14,000 years ago . Therefore, the team of researchers assume that Magdalenian humans domesticated and … Read more

Some primates can express grief over the death of their baby by carrying the corpse with them, sometimes for months

According to a new study carried out by researchers led by University College London, primate mothers carry dead babies as an expression of mourning for a long time, even periods of months. For the study, data was collected from anecdotes reported in 126 publications on the behavior of primates, in what has become the largest … Read more

The oldest evidence of a human foot is found and it is a footprint 2.5 million years older than that of A. afarensis

They are six million years old and constitute the oldest direct standing evidence of a human ancestor used for walking, that is, these pre-human footprints are almost 2.5 million years older than the footprints attributed to Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy) of Laetoli in Tanzania. This is what a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports … Read more