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Dietary Change for Humans 3.5 MYA
June 9, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“New studies show that human ancestors expanded their menu 3.5 million years ago, adding tropical grasses and sedges to an ape-like diet. The change set the stage for consuming more modern fare: grains, grasses, and meat and dairy from grazing animals.” Quoted from the NSF press release.

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The Influence of Neandertals on Early European Manufacturing
August 23, 2013 | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
"Modern humans replaced Neandertals in Europe about 40 thousand years ago, but the Neandertals’ capabilities are still greatly debated. Some argue that before they were replaced, Neandertals had cultural capabilities similar to modern humans, while others argue that these similarities only appear once modern humans came into contact with Neandertals." Quoted from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Neanderthals Could Speak Like Humans?
December 29, 2013 | BBC
Researchers have studied a well-preserved hyoid bone from a Neanderthal and have determined that the bone functioned like the hyoid bone of modern humans - meaning that Neanderthals had the ability to make a wide range of sounds similar to modern humans.

United Nations Blames Humans for Climate Change
September 29, 2013 | United Nations
"United Nations officials called for a global response to combat climate change, following new findings by a scientific panel stating it is “extremely likely” that humans have been the dominant cause of unprecedented global warming since 1950." Quoted from the United Nations press release.

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