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Jeff Bezos unveils ambitious plan to send spaceship to the Moon

Jeff Bezos has unveiled an ambitious plan to send a spaceship to the Moon.

Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four rovers and using a newly designed rocket engine and souped-up rockets. It would be followed by a version that could bring people to the moon along the same timeframe as NASA’s proposed 2024 return.

The Amazon chief, who was dwarfed by his mock-up of the Blue Moon vehicle at his presentation in Washington D.C. Thursday, said, “This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon.”

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Bezos said: “It’s time to go back to the moon. This time to stay.”

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Jeff Bezos speaks in front of a model of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lunar lander, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington D.C.. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Last month Blue Origin teased Thursday’s event by tweeting a photo of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance.

The famous ship was lost in an ice floe off Antarctica more than 100 years ago. However, the survival and rescue of the ship’s crew are regarded as an incredible feat of human endurance.

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Lunar exploration is garnering plenty of attention at the moment. Last month, for example, Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface.  If the privately-funded probe had successfully executed a ‘soft landing’ on the Moon it would have taken Israel into a select group of nations. Only three countries – the U.S., the Soviet Union and China – have made successful ‘soft landings’ on the lunar surface.

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Jeff Bezos unveiled his ambitious plan to send a spaceship to the Moon. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

China became the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side of the Moon when the Chang’e 4 lander reached the lunar surface on Jan. 2.

The U.S. is the only country to place astronauts on the Moon, having done so most recently in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission. Only 12 men, all Americans, have set foot on the Moon.

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July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing and lunar missions continue to be a source of fascination.

A checklist that traveled to the surface of the Moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin recently sold at auction in New York for $62,500. In the same auction, three tiny Moon rocks brought back from space by the unmanned Soviet Luna-16 mission were sold for $855,000.

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Dec. 21, 2018 also marked the 50th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 8 launch. During a series of historic lunar orbits, NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders became the first humans to see the far side of the Moon.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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‘Massive’ Florida alligator does ‘death roll’ during ‘wrestling match’ with officers near school bus stop

A “massive” alligator had to be removed from beside a children’s school bus stop in Florida Thursday morning.

Officials were called in around 6:30 a.m. ET to remove the 9-foot male alligator from the residential area in Collier County, Fla., near where children were waiting for their school bus, according to a Facebook post from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

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“We got a call at about 6:30 a.m. today for a massive gator in a residential area of Golden Gate city. Kids were waiting nearby at their bus stop, but we’re pretty sure this critter wasn’t heading to school,” the sheriff’s post said, in part.

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Officials from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office had to be called in to wrangle a 9-foot alligator who was discovered near a children’s school bus stop in Florida on Thursday morning.  (Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

In a video of the capture, also posted on social media by the sheriff’s office, the gator can be heard hissing at the wranglers with its mouth wide open.

The huge reptile can be seen beside a house and as the wranglers try to pull it away, the gator rolls, trying to get out of the rope.

“Here’s a better video of the gator doing his death roll this morning,” the video was captioned, in part.

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“No one was injured during the wrestling match,” the post added, concluding: “Just another day in paradise, huh?”

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In a video of the capture, also posted on social media by the sheriff’s office, the gator can be heard hissing at the wranglers with its mouth wide open. However, the sheriff’s office said no one was injured during the incident.  (Collier County Sheriff’s Office)

In an updated post with photos of the gator’s capture, the sheriff’s office made reference to a bobcat in Collier County that had climbed up and then down a power pole beside I-75.

“This prehistoric reptile is determined not to be upstaged by some cat on a power pole!” the sheriff’s office wrote.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), alligators begin courting in early April and mate in May or June.

Aside from roaming farther from their lagoons, warmer temperatures also revs up alligators’ metabolism, making them more active and aggressive as they hunt for prey and mate.

The FWC recommends not swimming during dusk or dawn — an alligator’s most active hours — keeping animals on a leash and away from water and keeping a safe distance if they come into contact with the large creature.

Fox News’ Allie Raffa contributed to this report.

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Florida bobcat perched atop power pole caught on video making daring climb down

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A bobcat that had climbed to the top of an electrical pole in Florida was able to climb its way down again on Thursday afternoon.

The feline was seen on a live feed from a Florida Department of Transportation camera on I-75 in Collier County, Fla.

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It had climbed a power pole near mile marker 78, according to WPTV.

While at the top of the power pole, the bobcat was reportedly panting heavily, the outlet reported.

Crew members in a utility truck helped the feline down by prodding it with a long pole.

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In a video of the bobcat’s descent which was posted on Twitter, it can be seen sliding down, using its claws to hold onto the wooden pole.

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Close to the ground, the bobcat can be seen jumping from the pole and running away.

According to WPTV, the animal appeared unharmed.

A 9-foot alligator was also removed in Collier County Thursday morning.

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100-plus neglected lions found with mange, neurological problems, on South African farm

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More than 100 lions at a captive breeding facility in South Africa have been found to be neglected, ill and covered with mange.

According to the Humane Society International, the lions were discovered on April 11 by inspectors with the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Inspectors told TimesLive, a South African news site, that two lion cubs were suffering from neurological problems and couldn’t walk and that 27 lions had lost much of their fur because of the mange, which is caused by parasitic mites.

“Other issues — such as small enclosures and inadequate shelter, no provision of water, overcrowding, and filthy and parasitic conditions — were noted in the camps that contained the lions, caracals, tigers and leopards,” senior inspector Douglas Wolhuter told the news site. [In Photos: The Lions of Kenya’s Masai Mara]

Animal cruelty groups that oppose captive breeding of lions were quick to condemn the site, Pienika Farm in South Africa’s North West province. Audrey Delsink, the wildlife director of the Humane Society International, said in a statement that lion cubs taken from their mothers are often passed off as orphans at the facilities. The animals are then hand-reared and semitamed so that they can be used as a tourist attraction for visitors who want to feed or pet a lion.

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“Once [the animals become] too big and dangerous for these activities, these lions are then killed for their bones, which are exported to Asia for traditional medicines, or [the lions are] sold to be killed by trophy hunters, largely from the United States, in ‘canned’ hunts in which hand-reared lions are shot in a fenced area from which they cannot escape,” Delsink said.

In August 2018, South Africa’s parliament reviewed the captive breeding of lions and resolved to reduce the export quota for lion bone as well as conduct a deeper policy review on the oversight of captive breeding, according to a government statement. However, the South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs has proposed introducing additional regulations, rather than ending captive breeding, according to the nonprofit Conservation Action Trust.

The owner of Pienika Farm, Jan Steinman, faces criminal charges for animal cruelty, according to the U.K. newspaper The Times. Steinman is a councilwoman of the South African Predator Association, a body that sets the standards for animal welfare at lion-breeding facilities.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Injured bald eagle rescued from floodwaters after becoming trapped

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A remarkable video shows an injured bald eagle being rescued from Missouri floodwaters.

Fox 2 reports that the eagle became trapped in a flooded area at Portage Des Sioux, Mo., but was spotted by a passerby.

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“Yesterday our rehab team responded to a call about a bald eagle trapped in a flooding area who didn’t appear to be able to fly,” wrote World Bird Sanctuary in a Facebook post on May 7. “A huge thank you to Zac Beck who both spotted the eagle and who used his boat to get our crew right up to it. The eagle had been seen for some time in a clump of trees that was slowly flooding. Rising water allowed us to get right up to the trees and safely rescue the bird from its low perch, now only a couple feet above the water.”

The bird, however, was in critical condition. “Dehydrated, emaciated, cold, weak, and covered in old puncture wounds, this bird is not yet done with his ordeal,” explained World Bird Sanctuary, in its Facebook post. “Our medical staff speculate that he likely lost a fight with another eagle and then had too much soft tissue damage to be able to fly.”

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Nonetheless, most of the eagle’s puncture wounds have now healed. “He is currently getting the best possible care in our rehabilitation hospital with our team working hard to rehydrate him and get his digestive system working again,” the Sanctuary added.

Other bald eagles have been garnering attention lately. A trio of bald eagles has been successfully raising eaglets in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River in Illinois.

The trio, which consists of two males (named Valor 1 and Valor II) and one female (Starr) live on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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Bald eagles were removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened species in 2007. The iconic birds are now flourishing across America, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Extinct flightless bird came ‘back from the dead’ because of a quirky evolutionary process

A bird that had previously gone extinct came back to life thanks to a rare evolutionary process known as “iterative evolution.”

The white-throated rail bird can presently be found on the island of Aldabra. Early fossils of the bird suggest it lived there thousands of years ago and died out because it could not fly to higher ground when rising sea levels threatened its safety. But thanks to “iterative evolution,” which evolves similar body parts due to genetics from a similar ancestor, the bird came back from the dead.

“We know of no other example in rails, or of birds in general, that demonstrates this phenomenon so evidently,” the study’s co-author, University of Portsmouth professor David Martill, said in a statement. “Only on Aldabra, which has the oldest palaeontological record of any oceanic island within the Indian Ocean region, is fossil evidence available that demonstrates the effects of changing sea levels on extinction and recolonization events.”

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The study’s abstract gives details on how it happened. “A flightless Dryolimnas has been identified from two temporally separated Aldabran fossil localities, deposited before and after the inundation event, providing irrefutable evidence that a member of Rallidae colonized the atoll, most likely from Madagascar, and became flightless independently on each occasion,” the abstract reads. “Fossil evidence presented here is unique for Rallidae and epitomizes the ability of birds from this clade to successfully colonize isolated islands and evolve flightlessness on multiple occasions.”

The research has been published in the scientific journal, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

In order to make the determination that the extinct bird had evolved thanks to iterative evolution, they looked at fossils from 100,000 years ago, after sea-levels began to fall off during the last Ice Age. Upon inspecting the fossils, the wing bone showed “an advanced state of flightlessness,” while the ankle bone showed properties that would suggest it was evolving towards flightlessness.

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White-throated rail. (Credit: Charles J Sharp)

It was determined that the species in Madagascar gave rise to two different species that lived on the isolated island of Aldabra, both coming in the space of a few thousand years.

“These unique fossils provide irrefutable evidence that a member of the rail family colonized the atoll, most likely from Madagascar, and became flightless independently on each occasion,” the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Julian Hume added in the statement. “Fossil evidence presented here is unique for rails, and epitomizes the ability of these birds to successfully colonize isolated islands and evolve flightlessness on multiple occasions.”

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Tectonic plate ‘peeling apart’ could ‘shrink’ the Atlantic, scientists say

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A tectonic plate that appears to be “peeling apart” on the seabed off the coast of Portugal may one day “shrink” the Atlantic Ocean, scientists say.

Joao Duarte, a scientist at the Instituto Dom Luiz at the University of Lisbon, told Fox News that the plate is peeling apart in an area about 155 miles south of Portugal’s Cape St. Vincent. Duarte said this “peeling” process was unknown in oceanic plates, adding it had only been identified beneath continents.

The area where the activity is taking place is a relatively flat part of the seafloor called Horseshoe Abyssal Plain, according to the marine geologist. “A bit more technically, it is located near the Azores-Gibraltar Plate Boundary, which marks the boundary between two major tectonic plates: Africa and Eurasian,” he explained.

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Duarte is the lead author of a research study that was recently presented at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria.

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A 3D rendering of the Horseshoe Tectonic Fault (Joao C. Duarte)

In their research, the scientists point to an earthquake that occurred off the coast of Portugal in 1755, which destroyed the city of Lisbon, and a 7.9-magnitude quake that struck the Portuguese capital in 1969. Duarte describes the newly-found “structure” in the tectonic plate as “a very good candidate” for the source of these events.

“The 20 upper kilometers [12.4 miles] of the plate is made of soft rocks that are light and the bottom is dense and heavy (because the plate is very old, more than 100 million years),” Duarte told Fox News. “This causes this lower part to detach from the upper part and sink in the mantle by the pull of gravity,” he added, noting that the process is aided by the infiltration of water that softens the upper part of the plate.

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Duarte says that the structure in the tectonic plate, and the process that caused it, may correspond to the initiation of a new “subduction zone” – the process by which a tectonic plate plunges below another.

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Researchers have identified an area in the Atlantic Ocean where a tectonic plate appears to be “peeling apart.” (Joao C. Duarte)

“We know that there are some margins of continents that do not have subduction zones, such as the margins of the Atlantic, and some margins of continents that have subduction zones, such as the margins of the Pacific (the ring of fire),” he explained. “But we do not understand yet very well how they form.”

Duarte continued: “This situation here may correspond to a rare example in which one subduction zone is just starting. And for that one of the plates has to slowly start peeling down, which is what we see (both in our observations/imaging and with some computational models with which we managed to reproduce the process).”

As for a “shrinking” Atlantic Ocean, Duarte noted that oceans are “born,” and then spread, before eventually closing to form a new supercontinent, in what is known as the supercontinental cycle. The Atlantic, for example, was formed from the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea, then “spread” to assume its current form.

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“It makes sense that a new supercontinent will form in the future as the result of the closing of the Atlantic,” Duarte added. Estimates suggest that the new supercontinent, Pangaea Proxima, will form in around 200 million years.

“But for that to happen, new subduction zones have to form in the margins of the Atlantic,” he said. “What we may be witnessing here is precisely the birth of a new subduction zone that may spread over the entire Atlantic which will eventually lead to its closing.”

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Bizarre deep-sea tubeworms discovered off North Carolina: Popped out ‘like a jack in the box’

A bizarre deep-sea tubeworm has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, the first time the creature has ever been found this far north in the Atlantic Ocean.

The shocking find came 36 miles off the North Carolina coast and was made by members of the Deep Search program, who were looking at rocks for collection and methane cold seeps in the area.

“The initial discovery of the tubeworm was very serendipitous,” U.S. Geological Survey and chief scientist on the expedition, Amanda Demopoulos, said in a statement. “We were trying to break off a piece of rock for a collection when the worm appeared seemingly out of nowhere. It was hidden from view, buried in a crevice within the larger rock.”

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Demopoulos added that the tubeworm popped out “like a jack in the box,” while the remotely operated vehicle, known as Jason, was searching the deep ocean.

After spotting the initial tubeworm, researchers came back the next day to find even more of the sea-dwelling invertebrates, which belong to an animal group known as vestimentiferan.

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A tubeworm growing from under a carbonate outcrop surrounded by anemones and fish.

There have been other seep fauna found along the Atlantic coast, including symbiotic mussels, but this is the first time tubeworms have been found in the area. They have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, Cayman Trough and Barbados, but never this far north.

Unlike most sea creatures, vestimentiferans do not have guts as adults, making them completely reliant on symbiotic bacteria to convert hydrogen sulfide into food for the worms.

“These tubeworms are a significant finding and contribution to our understanding of the biodiversity of the deep sea,” said Michael Rasser, marine ecologist with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, in the statement. “The more we know about these sensitive habitats the better we can ultimately use science to inform any future decisions to ensure their protection.”

In addition to the tubeworms, the seeps are home to a number of different species, “including black bellied rosefish, snipe eels, hammerhead sharks, manta rays and tuna,” the researchers added in the statement.

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5,000-year-old mass grave suggests importance of family in ancient cultures, research finds

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A 5,000-year-old grave found in Poland was discovered to be filled with extended family members and appears to have been buried by someone who knew them, according to new research.

The grave, filled with 15 individuals from the so-called Globular Amorpha culture, was first discovered by archaeologists in 2011, near the village of Koszyce in southern Poland.

An analysis of the ancient remains’ DNA found that all 15 victims — who’d had their heads smashed in — were related and that individuals were buried beside their close relatives, according to findings published on Monday in the journal PNAS.

MISSING PIECE OF STONEHENGE RETURNED 60 YEARS AFTER IT WAS REMOVED DURING EXCAVATION

Researchers used the teeth and petrous bones of the remains to analyze their DNA.

They discovered there were four nuclear families among the buried, which included eight males and seven females. After studying their relationships, scientists then focused on how they had been buried.

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Researchers have found that the 15 skeletons found in this 5,000-year-old grave site were all related to one another. The burial site was found in 2011 near the village of Koszyce in southern Poland. (CNA (2016) Konopka T, Szczepanek A, Przybyła MM, Włodarczak P​​​​​https://scholar.google.com/scholar_lookup?author=T+Konopka&author=A+Szczepanek&author=MM+Przyby%C5%82a&author=P+W%C5%82odarczak&title=Evidence+of+interpersonal+violence+or+a+special+funeral+rite+in+the+Neolithic+multiple+burial+from+Koszyce+in+southern+Poland%E2%80%93a+forensic+analysis&publication_year=2016&journal=Anthropol+Rev&volume=79&pages=69-85)

“Closely related kin were buried next to each other: a mother was buried cradling her child, and siblings were placed side by side,” the scientists wrote. “Evidently, these individuals were buried by people who knew them well and who carefully placed them in the grave according to familial relationships.”

The researchers also found that older males and fathers were “mostly missing” from among the remains, “suggesting that it might have been them who buried their kin.” That also suggests the men were gone when their relatives were massacred, which would have made them vulnerable.

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According to researchers, the way they placed their dead relatives suggests how the people valued families in their culture — something that had only been hypothesized about before.

“From the careful positioning of the bodies in the grave, it is clear that both nuclear and extended family relations were key to how people organized their lives, and that these relations represented major, normative values in Globular Amphora communities of this period,” scientists wrote.

“Although it has often been suggested that nuclear and/or extended family structures were important in many prehistoric societies, the archaeological and genomic data we have presented here provide actual proof that this was indeed the case,” researchers added.

Scientists also found that those buried were genetically different from neighboring people — known as the Corded Ware groups — who were expanding into the region around the time of the massacre.

“Although the reason for the massacre is unknown, it is possible that it was connected with the expansion of Corded Ware groups, which may have resulted in competition for resources and violent conflict,” the scientists wrote.

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5,000-year-old mass grave suggests importance of family in ancient cultures, research finds

A 5,000-year-old grave found in Poland was discovered to be filled with extended family members and appears to have been buried by someone who knew them, according to new research.

The grave, filled with 15 individuals from the so-called Globular Amorpha culture, was first discovered by archaeologists in 2011, near the village of Koszyce in southern Poland.

An analysis of the ancient remains’ DNA found that all 15 victims — who’d had their heads smashed in — were related and that individuals were buried beside their close relatives, according to findings published on Monday in the journal PNAS.

MISSING PIECE OF STONEHENGE RETURNED 60 YEARS AFTER IT WAS REMOVED DURING EXCAVATION

Researchers used the teeth and petrous bones of the remains to analyze their DNA.

They discovered there were four nuclear families among the buried, which included eight males and seven females. After studying their relationships, scientists then focused on how they had been buried.

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Researchers have found that the 15 skeletons found in this 5,000-year-old grave site were all related to one another. The burial site was found in 2011 near the village of Koszyce in southern Poland. (CNA (2016) Konopka T, Szczepanek A, Przybyła MM, Włodarczak P​​​​​https://scholar.google.com/scholar_lookup?author=T+Konopka&author=A+Szczepanek&author=MM+Przyby%C5%82a&author=P+W%C5%82odarczak&title=Evidence+of+interpersonal+violence+or+a+special+funeral+rite+in+the+Neolithic+multiple+burial+from+Koszyce+in+southern+Poland%E2%80%93a+forensic+analysis&publication_year=2016&journal=Anthropol+Rev&volume=79&pages=69-85)

“Closely related kin were buried next to each other: a mother was buried cradling her child, and siblings were placed side by side,” the scientists wrote. “Evidently, these individuals were buried by people who knew them well and who carefully placed them in the grave according to familial relationships.”

The researchers also found that older males and fathers were “mostly missing” from among the remains, “suggesting that it might have been them who buried their kin.” That also suggests the men were gone when their relatives were massacred, which would have made them vulnerable.

1,000-YEAR-OLD PSYCHEDELIC DRUG KIT CONTAINS TRACES OF COCAINE, AYAHUASCA

According to researchers, the way they placed their dead relatives suggests how the people valued families in their culture — something that had only been hypothesized about before.

“From the careful positioning of the bodies in the grave, it is clear that both nuclear and extended family relations were key to how people organized their lives, and that these relations represented major, normative values in Globular Amphora communities of this period,” scientists wrote.

“Although it has often been suggested that nuclear and/or extended family structures were important in many prehistoric societies, the archaeological and genomic data we have presented here provide actual proof that this was indeed the case,” researchers added.

Scientists also found that those buried were genetically different from neighboring people — known as the Corded Ware groups — who were expanding into the region around the time of the massacre.

“Although the reason for the massacre is unknown, it is possible that it was connected with the expansion of Corded Ware groups, which may have resulted in competition for resources and violent conflict,” the scientists wrote.

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