Giraffes May Be Long-Necked for Fights, Not Just Food

Evolutionary theories said giraffes developed their height to get to better eats, but ancestors may have gained the advantage through head-butting battles.

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They Thought the Skulls Were Murder Victims’. They Were Off by Centuries.

Originally thought to be the remnants of gang killings, dozens of skulls found in a cave in southern Mexico are now believed to be from sacrificial killings more than 1,000 years ago.

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Bob Saget’s Autopsy Report Describes Severe Skull Fractures

Such an extensive head injury would likely have left the actor confused, if not unconscious, experts said.

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‘Don’t Write It Off’: Advice From Brain Injury Experts After Bob Saget’s Death

People who find themselves alone after a significant knock to the head are at higher risk of harm.

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Richard Leakey, Kenyan Fossil Hunter and Conservationist, Dies at 77

His discoveries of ancient human skulls and skeletons, including the famed “Turkana Boy,” helped cement Africa’s standing as the cradle of humanity.

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Can Skeletons Have a Racial Identity?

A growing number of forensic researchers are questioning how the field interprets the geographic ancestry of human remains.

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Discovery of ‘Dragon Man’ Skull in China May Add Species to Human Family Tree

A laborer discovered the fossil and hid it in a well for 85 years. Scientists say it could help sort out the human family tree and how our species emerged.

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The Sunday Read: ‘Neanderthals Were People, Too’

Research has shown that they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong?

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America’s Wild Horses, the AT&T Deal and Fungi That Tells a Story: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

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These Neanderthals Weren’t Cannibals, So Who Ate Them? Stone Age Hyenas.

An archaeological excavation south of Rome uncovered fossil remains of nine Neanderthals, along with the bones of hyenas, elephants and rhinoceroses.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #fossils, #hyenas, #italy, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #research, #skull-body-part

What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved?

As one museum has pledged to return skulls held in an infamous collection, others, including the Smithsonian, are reckoning with their own holdings of African-American remains.

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We’ve Rarely Seen a Dinosaur Brain Like This Before

While later dinosaurs in this lineage were giant herbivores with tiny brains, this small species packed a lot more power in its skull.

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Fossil Reveals ‘One of the Cutest Dinosaurs’ Ever Found

While many fossils have been flattened by time and the elements, a titanosaur found in an egg was preserved in three dimensions.

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Making Sense of ‘One of the Most Baffling Animals That Ever Lived’

Important mysteries have been solved about a reptile with a giraffe-like neck that hunted prey 242 million years ago.

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How a Saber-Tooth Marsupial Blinded Us With Its Bite

The extinct South American animal made us believe it was as fierce as a saber-tooth cat, but a new study suggests it was a mere scavenger.

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Still Life With Fly Swatter, or Hourglass, or Lemons

Five housebound photographers used everyday items to create images that speak to both their inner lives and the world beyond their walls.

#art, #beauty-concept, #birds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flowers-and-plants, #fruit, #photography, #skull-body-part

3 Africans in Mexico City Grave Tell Stories of Slavery’s Toll

The men might have been among the earliest to be stolen from their homeland and brought to the Americas.

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