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The Chachapoyas region was conquered by the Inca Empire in the late 15th century. Knowledge of the fate of the local population has been based largely on Inca oral histories, written down only decades later after the Spanish conquest. The Inca accoun...

Most people are now familiar with the traditional "Out of Africa" model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached Australia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago. However, technological advances in DNA analysis and...

A new study finds that viruses share some genes exclusively with cells that are not their hosts. The study, reported in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, adds to the evidence that viruses swap genes with a variety of cellular organisms and are a...

Was St Nicholas, the fourth century saint who inspired the iconography of Santa Claus, a legend or was he a real person? Relic of St Nicholas (pelvis fragment) at St. Martha of Bethany Church/Shrine of All Saints,  Morton Grove Ill., USA [Credi...

A big drop in global temperatures 12-14 million years ago may explain the evolutionary success of Australia's unique marsupial carnivores, a new study has found. Tasmanian devil [Credit: University of Salford]Tasmanian Devils, the cat-like Quoll and...

If you were to visit a marine biology lab at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), you might find strange-looking worms squirming in petri dishes, their elongated bodies expanding and contracting. You may also be...