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  1. An ornate neckleace made of multiple symmetrical strings of beads, with a pendant and mother-of-pearl-ring at opposite ends
    Archaeology

    A child’s ornate necklace highlights ancient farmers’ social complexity

    The intricate necklace, reconstructed by researchers, was found on the remains of a child buried about 9,000 years ago in a Middle Eastern village.

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  2. An illustration of young Benjamin Franklin at the printing press.
    Chemistry

    How Benjamin Franklin fought money counterfeiters

    Researchers are confirming some of the techniques that Benjamin Franklin and his associates used to help early American paper currency succeed.

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  3. A photo of Lauren Schroeder.
    Humans

    Lauren Schroeder looks beyond natural selection to rethink human evolution

    Paleoanthropologists studying the fossil record have long focused on natural selection, but other processes play a big role too.

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  4. A painting of a group of Xiongnu herders riding horses with more livestock seen off to the side.
    Archaeology

    How Asia’s first nomadic empire broke the rules of imperial expansion

    New studies reveal clues to how mobile rulers assembled a multiethnic empire of herders known as the Xiongnu more than 2,000 years ago.

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  5. A photo of three ancient stone artifacts from the island of Palawan in the Philippines on a black background.
    Archaeology

    Indigenous input revealed early hints of fiber making in the tropics

    To decipher marks on nearly 40,000-year-old stone tools and figure out what they were used for, researchers turned to the Philippines’ Pala’wan people.

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  6. A photo of a hominid leg fossil on a black background with a magnified view of it on the right shows a variety of scratches and gouges.
    Anthropology

    Fossil marks suggest hominids butchered one another around 1.45 million years ago

    Researchers disagree whether new evidence of stone tool marks on a hominid leg bone reflects ancient cannibalism or perhaps some other, undetected behavior.

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  7. Seven ancient bone flutes, each shown from three different angles, against a black backdrop
    Anthropology

    These ancient flutes may have been used to lure falcons

    Seven bird-bone flutes unearthed from a site in northern Israel are about 12,000 years old and may have been used as bird calls.

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  8. An artist reconstruction of a grave holding several bones.
    Anthropology

    Homo naledi may have dug cave graves and carved marks into cave walls

    Proposed discoveries of humanlike activities by these ancient, small-brained hominids have elicited skepticism from some researchers.

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  9. 'The 84-Gun Danish Warship "Dronning Marie" in the Sound' painting, which shows one large ship sailing flanked by two small ships
    Chemistry

    19th century painters may have primed their canvases with beer-brewing leftovers

    Several paintings from the Danish Golden Age contain remnants of brewer’s yeast, barley and other grains commonly used to brew beer.

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