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Like it or not, taxes and bureaucracy are cornerstones of democracy, shows history

The media has been rife with stories about democracy in decline: the recent coup in Myanmar, the ascent of strongman Narendra Modi in India,...

First people to enter the Americas likely did so with their dogs

The first people to settle in the Americas likely brought their own canine companions with them, according to new research which sheds more light...

Scientists identify contents of ancient Maya drug containers

Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time. The Washington State University researchers detected Mexican...

Warm oceans helped first human migration from Asia to North America

Warmer Pacific Ocean currents during the ice age may also have supported early human settlements. New research reveals significant changes in the circulation of the...

Did our early ancestors boil their food in hot springs?

The proximity of hot springs to early settlements have led researchers to wonder if early humans used hot springs as a cooking resource long...

Humans preferred to sleep on bed at least 200,000 years ago

Researchers in South Africa's Border Cave, a well-known archaeological site perched on a cliff between eSwatini (Swaziland) and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, have found...

Humans may have reached the Americas 15,000 years earlier, shows study

Humans may have reached the Americas over 30,000 years ago– a period 15,000 years earlier than previously thought. However, the human impact on now extinct...

Vikings may have helped spread the deadliest virus smallpox to the world

Just as people travelling around the world today quickly spread COVID-19, it is likely Vikings spread smallpox. Only back then, they travelled by ship...

Scientists find the site of Genghis Khan’s winter home

He was the founder of the second largest empire in history stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Carpathian Mountains of Europe. But when he...

New fossil discovery shows 50 million-year-old Canada-Australia connection

The discovery of a tiny insect fossil is unearthing big questions about the global movement of animals and the connection to changes in climate...