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Traditional owners say Rio Tinto knew importance of caves razed for mine

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rio Tinto Ltd knew the cultural and historical significance of two caves in Western Australia years before it blew them up last month as part of an iron ore mine expansion, traditional owners said on Friday.

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New study sheds light on mysterious hanging coffins

Scientists from China and Thailand have conducted mitochondrial whole genome analyses of human remains sampled from hanging coffin sites to shed light on the mysteries of the peculiar ancient burial custom.

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Landmark skull fossil provides surprising human evolution clues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery over the age of a landmark skull found in 1921 in Zambia - the first fossil of an extinct human species discovered in Africa - in research with big implications for deciphering the origin of our own species.