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Give your bones a workout, public told

Give your bones a workout, public told

Health
Too many of us are neglecting to do exercises for strong muscles and bones, says Public Health England (PHE).It's launched a new report giving advice on how people can age better by doing the right workouts. While the message about doing aerobic exercise for a healthy heart and lungs is getting through, people are less clear about the need to look after their overall strength too, it says. We should all be doing strengthening exercises at least twice a week.Lifting weights is one option, but taking up tennis or dancing also works, says PHE and the Centre for Ageing Better. Activities offering the most benefit include: Ball games Racket sports Dance Nordic walking (walking with poles to give your upper body a workout as well as your legs) Resistance train...
Bones found in 1940 seem to be Amelia Earhart's, study says

Bones found in 1940 seem to be Amelia Earhart's, study says

Technology
Bones found in 1940 on a western Pacific Ocean island were quite likely to be remains from famed aviator Amelia Earhart, a new analysis concludes. The study and other evidence "point toward her rather strongly," University of Tennessee anthropologist Richard Jantz said Thursday. Earhart disappeared during an attempted flight around the world in 1937, and the search for an answer to what happened to her and her navigator has captivated the public for decades. Jantz's analysis is the latest chapter in a back-and-forth that has played out about the remains, which were found in 1940 on Nikumaroro Island but are now lost. All that survive are seven measurements, from the skull and bones of the arm and leg. Those measurements led a scientist in 1941 to conclude the bones belong to a man. In 199...
Bones found on South Pacific island belonged to Amelia Earhart, study concludes

Bones found on South Pacific island belonged to Amelia Earhart, study concludes

Science
March 7 (UPI) -- The bones found several decades ago on a remote island in the South Pacific were likely those of famed pilot Amelia Earhart. Anthropologist Richard Jantz is 99 percent sure of it.Jantz, a professor and researcher at the University of Tennessee, recently reanalyzed measurements taken of the bones by physician D. W. Hoodless. In 1940, Hoodless determined the bones belonged to a man -- not Earhart, who disappeared along with her plane in 1937.In a new paper published in the journal Forensic Anthropology, Jantz presents evidence contradicting Hoodless' conclusion.Jantz is the co-creater of a computer program designed to analyze the sex, ancestry and stature of a person based on skeletal measurements. When Jantz plugged the measurements made by Hoodless into the Fordisc program...
Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Science
A series of zig-zag marks on a human bone found in a UK cave is evidence of a cannibalistic ritual that took place some 12-17,000 years ago.Scientists have long recognised that cannibals operated at Gough’s Cave in Somerset, but were unsure whether the practice of eating other people had any symbolic significance.Reporting in the journal Plos One, researchers say the unusual cuts on a forearm bone are deliberate.They are not simple butchery markings.Nor are they teeth marks.What is more, the zig-zags appear to match designs used on other engraved objects from the same time period."The engraved motif on the Gough's Cave bone is similar to engravings observed in other Magdalenian European sites," said Silvia Bello from London’s Natural History Museum."However, what is exceptional in this cas