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Mummified parrots suggest ancient trade routes crossed South American desert

Mummified parrots suggest ancient trade routes crossed South American desert

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March 29 (UPI) -- The recovery of ancient mummified parrots in South America, dating to between 1100 and 1450 AD, suggest trade routes crossed the Atacama Desert, according to a study published Monday in PNAS. "Feathers are valued across the Americas and we see them in high-status burials," José M. Capriles , said in a press release. Advertisement "We don't know how the feathers got there, the routes they took or the network," Capriles, an assistant professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Northern Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world, and parrots and macaws are not normally found in the region. However, archaeologists have unearthed the feathers of the exotic birds at human burial sites, as well as the mummified remains of parrots and macaws. Scien...
John Leslie tells court he ‘never crossed the line’

John Leslie tells court he ‘never crossed the line’

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John Leslie has told a court he knows the line between behaving gregariously and criminal behaviour and has "never crossed it".The 55-year-old presenter from Edinburgh denies grabbing a woman's breasts at a Christmas party in London's West End on 5 December in 2008. On day four of his trial at Southwark Crown Court, Leslie - whose full name is John Leslie Stott - described himself as a "wounded animal" and "still scarred" following indecent assault charges which were made against him in 2003, but later dropped.He has said he became depressed and suicidal when he "lost everything" after being wrongly named live on television in relation to a rape claim. Image: The presenter denies all charges. Pic: George Cracknell Wright/LNP/Shutterstock ...
Madonna says Weinstein ‘crossed boundaries’

Madonna says Weinstein ‘crossed boundaries’

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Madonna is the latest star to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances.Hollywood was rocked last year by allegations of sexual assault made against Weinstein, which he denies.The singer told The New York Times that Weinstein "crossed lines and boundaries" when they worked on her 1991 documentary, Truth or Dare.Weinstein denied the allegations, saying the pop star had mischaracterised their relationship.Madonna said Weinstein had been "incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together.""He was married at the time, and I certainly wasn't interested," she added. Truth or Dare was distributed by the film mogul's Weinstein Company, which filed for bankruptcy last year, having fired him as ...
Early humans may have crossed Central Asian deserts during wetter conditions

Early humans may have crossed Central Asian deserts during wetter conditions

Science
May 30 (UPI) -- New research suggests northern and central Asia may have hosted early human migrations between 50,000 and 30,000 years ago. During the Late Pleistocene, early humans began spreading out across Eurasia. Previously, archaeologists and paleoanthropologists assumed pathways across northern and central Asia were blocked by mountains and deserts. As a result, most research efforts have focused on a southern migration route along the Indian Ocean. New research, however, suggests climate variation made northern and central Asia accessible to humans for brief periods of times. "Archaeological discussions of the migration routes of Pleistocene Homo sapiens have often focused on a 'coastal' route from Africa to Australia, skirting around India and Southeast Asia," Michael Petraglia,...