Broken Bones Stir Debate

Sapiens

A controversial new study places our human ancestors on the North American continent 130,000 years ago—far, far earlier than previously thought

In the fall of 1992, a construction crew made an unusual discovery during a freeway expansion in a coastal area of San Diego County. Buried deep within the silty soil were the bones, tusks, and molars of a mastodon, an elephant-like mammal that once lived in North America. … Read the rest

Preventing Overfishing in the Arctic

The Atlantic

A consortium of countries are meeting in Iceland, where they hope to strike a deal that protects the newly accessible ecosystem

The Arctic Ocean has long been the least accessible of the world’s major oceans. But as climate change warms the Arctic twice as fast as anywhere else, the thick sea ice that once made it so forbidding is now beating a hasty retreat. Since 1979, when scientists … Read the rest

Scars of the Earth

Discover

Forensic anthropologist Amy Mundorff wants to make the search for the missing safer and more successful.

One morning in July 2005, Amy Mundorff rode into the Bosnian countryside, tagging along with a team from the International Commission on Missing Persons. The roads wound past forests, farmland and villages. The group stopped near a filed in a hilly area on the outskirts of a village to meet an informant. From … Read the rest