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Genome study suggests farming was invented twice

A new genetic study suggests that farming was developed by two different populations in the Middle East. The team found stark differences between the genomes of Neolithic individuals from the southern Levant region, including Israel and Jordan, and those living across the Zagros Mountains in western Iran. The Zagros early farmers

Cold War satellite leads to discovery of 10,000 new sites

A recent analysis of Cold War satellite imagery has tripled the number of known archaeological sites in the Middle East. "Some of these sites are gigantic, and they were completely unknown," says atlas-team archaeologist Jesse Casana of the University of Arkansas, who presented the results. "We can see all kinds of

African cattle domesticated in the Middle East

A new genetic study suggested that African cattle, thought have been domesticated there 10,000 years ago, may actually have been domesticated in the Middle East. Prof. Decker says the genetics of these African cattle breeds are similar to those of cattle first domesticated in the Middle East nearly 10,000 years ago,

Disappearance of Elephant led to rise of man

New research suggests that the disappearance of elephants as a food source drove human evolution in the Middle East. The elephant, a huge package of food that is easy to hunt, disappeared from the Middle East 400,000 years ago — an event that must have imposed considerable nutritional stress on Homo

Milk drinkers brought farming to Europe

New research shows that milk-drinking immigrants from the Middle East during the Neolithic period brought agriculture to Europe. The new settlers also had something of a miracle food at their disposal. They produced fresh milk, which, as a result of a genetic mutation, they were soon able to drink in

Gene study shows small dogs originated in the middle east

All small dogs may originate from the middle east, according to a new gene study. A study published in the journal BioMed Central found a gene found in small dogs, IGF1, is closely related to one found in Middle Eastern wolves. Archaeologists have found the remains of small dogs

Babylon Ruins Reopen in Iraq, to Controversy

The ancient city of Babylon has has a rough time in recent years, taking significant damage under the hands of various armies and Saddam Hussein. In the 1980s Mr. Hussein ordered the reconstruction of Nebuchadnezzar’s palace and other buildings, using cheap bricks on foundations built 2,600 years ago. Many were stamped