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  • January 26, 2017
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Mesa Verde’s Sun Temple Reveals Geometrical ‘Genius,’ Physicist Says

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

An 800-year-old ceremonial complex near the famous cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde was built using the same basic geometry found in ancient monuments from Greece to Egypt, a new study has found.

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Sherry Towers. (2016) Advanced geometrical constructs in a Pueblo ceremonial site, c 1200 CE. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. arXiv: 1605.09494v2

  • January 16, 2017
  • 07:00 AM
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Bones in Yukon Cave Show Humans in North America 24,000 Years Ago, Study Says

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

A close look at bones found in a Yukon cave seems to confirm a controversial finding made decades ago, archaeologists say: that humans arrived in North America 10,000 years earlier than many experts believe.

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  • January 3, 2017
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How Did People of Chaco Canyon Grow Their Food? Expert Says, They Didn’t

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Recently, researchers have been at odds over a simple, central question in Southwestern history: How did the people of Chaco Canyon manage to grow food in such an arid environment?

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  • December 12, 2016
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Ancient Predator of the Northern Plains Had Fiercest Bite of Any Mammal Ever, Study Says

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

A scrappy mammal that lived alongside dinosaurs 66 million years ago may not have been huge, but it packed the most powerful bite ever recorded in any mammal, living or extinct, scientists say.... Read more »

  • October 21, 2015
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Prehistoric Utah Rock Art Does Not Depict a Pterosaur, Study Confirms

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Dealing what they say is a “mortal blow” to the interpretation of some creationists, a team of archaeologists has concluded that a panel of rock art in Utah portrays all manner of fantastic figures, but it does not, in fact, depict a pterosaur.
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Le Quellec, J., Bahn, P., & Rowe, M. (2015) The death of a pterodactyl. Antiquity, 89(346), 872-884. DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.54  

  • October 15, 2015
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‘Strange’ New Species of Marine Mammal Discovered in Alaska Fossils

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

An odd set of fossils that were once on display at a tribal office in Alaska have turned out to be a “strange” new species of marine mammal unlike any living today, scientists say.
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  • October 5, 2015
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Montana Dinosaur Species Grew Fast, Died Young, May Have Been Warm-Blooded

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Dinosaurs known as Maiasaura roamed the high, dry valleys of what’s now northwestern Montana some 75 million years ago, and an enormous bone bed there containing thousands of the animals is allowing scientists to learn more about this dinosaur than any other that’s ever been studied before.
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  • September 28, 2015
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Mass Grave Found in California Reveals Prehistoric Violence Against ‘Outsiders’

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

An ancient mass grave, uncovered during the construction of a shopping mall outside San Francisco, contains the bodies of seven men who appear to have been victims of “mass homicide” some 1,150 years ago, scientists say.
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Eerkens JW, Carlson T, Malhi RS, Blake J, Bartelink EJ, Barfod GH, Estes A, Garibay R, Glessner J, Greenwald AM.... (2015) Isotopic and genetic analyses of a mass grave in central California: Implications for precontact hunter-gatherer warfare. American journal of physical anthropology. PMID: 26331533  

  • September 25, 2015
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Northernmost Dinosaur Discovered in ‘Lost World’ of Animal Fossils in Alaska

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Scientists exploring a remote riverbank on Alaska’s North Slope have made a surprising find — the discovery of the northernmost species of dinosaur ever found — and it’s just one of what may turn out to many more to come.
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  • September 17, 2015
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America’s Largest Earthwork, Cahokia’s Monks Mound, May Have Been Built in Only 20 Years, Study Says

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

The search to determine how native engineers built Monk’s Mound — North America’s biggest prehistoric earthen structure — has turned up some new and crucial, but very small, clues: the seeds and spores of ancient plants.... Read more »

Lopinot, N., Schilling, T., Fritz, G., & Kelly, J. (2015) Implications of Plant Remains from the East Face of Monks Mound. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, 40(3), 209-230. DOI: 10.1179/2327427115Y.0000000003  

  • September 10, 2015
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Origin of ‘Spanish Armor,’ Said to Have Been Found in Texas Desert, Stumps Scientists

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Two pieces of iron armor — reportedly first found in the desert of West Texas about 150 years ago — have recently been analyzed by scientists in Nebraska, where the artifacts have been sitting for decades in museum storage.... Read more »

  • August 3, 2015
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1,200-Year-Old Pouches Found in Arizona Cave Contain Prehistoric ‘Chewing Tobacco,’ Study Finds

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Dozens of small, fiber-wrapped bundles discovered in a cave in Arizona have been found to contain wild tobacco, the first scientific evidence suggesting that Ancestral Puebloans of the prehistoric Southwest chewed tobacco for personal use, archaeologists say.
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  • June 16, 2015
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‘Remarkable’ Dinosaur Nest Discovered in Montana Suggests Some Dinos Re-Used Breeding Sites

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

A pair of fossilized dinosaur nests offer some of the strongest indications yet that certain dinos brooded their eggs, re-used their nests, and possibly defended their nesting territory much like some modern birds, paleontologists say.
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  • June 9, 2015
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Dinosaur Blood Cells, Soft Tissue Discovered in 75-Million-Year-Old Fossils

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Scientists say they’ve isolated what appear to be red blood cells and other microscopic bits of soft tissue from several 75-million-year old dinosaur fossils, using a technique that could revolutionize the study of ancient animals.
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Sergio Bertazzo, Susannah C. R. Maidment, Charalambos Kallepitis, Sarah Fearn, Molly M. Stevens, & Hai-nan Xie. (2015) Fibres and cellular structures preserved in 75-million–year-old dinosaur specimens. Nature Communications. info:/

  • June 8, 2015
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11,500-Year-Old Bison Butchering Site Discovered in Oklahoma

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

A stretch of floodplain in northwestern Oklahoma, already known for its profusion of prehistoric hunting sites, has turned up new find: a scatter of butchered bison bones dating back nearly 11,500 years — extending the evidence of bison hunting in the area by centuries, archaeologists say.
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  • June 4, 2015
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‘Hellboy’ Dinosaur Discovered in Alberta Reveals Evolutionary Surprises

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

Discovered in the ancient sediments of Alberta, and named for a monstrous hero from ’90s comics, a strange new species of horned dinosaur is an object lesson in how appearances can deceive, paleontologists say.
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  • May 20, 2015
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Mysterious Large Carnivore Is First Dinosaur Discovered in Washington State

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

A large carnivore that lived on what’s now the San Juan Islands probably had many distinguishing characteristics that we don’t know about. But for now, it can claim at least one important distinction: the first fossil dinosaur ever to be found in Washington State.
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  • May 4, 2015
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‘Megafloods’ Spurred Collapse of Ancient City of Cahokia, New Study Finds

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

It’s been attributed to war, crop failures, political strife, and even an epic fire. But new research in the heart of one of North America’s most influential prehistoric cultures suggests that its demise may have been brought about, at least in part, by disastrous “megafloods.”
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Munoz SE, Gruley KE, Massie A, Fike DA, Schroeder S, & Williams JW. (2015) Cahokia's emergence and decline coincided with shifts of flood frequency on the Mississippi River. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 25941363  

  • May 4, 2015
  • 07:00 AM
  • 757 views

‘Megafloods’ Spurred Collapse of Ancient City of Cahokia, New Study Finds

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

It’s been attributed to war, crop failures, political strife, and even an epic fire. But new research in the heart of one of North America’s most influential prehistoric cultures suggests that its demise may have been brought about, at least in part, by disastrous “megafloods.”
... Read more »

Munoz SE, Gruley KE, Massie A, Fike DA, Schroeder S, & Williams JW. (2015) Cahokia's emergence and decline coincided with shifts of flood frequency on the Mississippi River. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 25941363  

  • April 7, 2015
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Brontosaurus “Resurrected” as a Type of Dinosaur by New Fossil Study

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

For more than a hundred years, Brontosaurus — the long-necked and long-neglected icon of the Ancient West — has been dismissed as a mere duplicate in the record books of natural history. But new research released today concludes that the lumbering beast was, in fact, its own type of dinosaur after all.
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