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Ancient teenager the first known person with parents of two different species

We don't have the full skeleton of a Denisovan so we don't really know what they looked like.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Russian trolls targeted Australian voters on Twitter via #auspol and #MH17

Network map of accounts within #auspol tweets mentioning or linking to Russian propaganda outlets, Sputnik and RT, May 4 – July 30, 2018. Author provided

Russia was behind an enormous effort to influence politics in the US and the UK, but was Australia targeted too?


Originally published in The Conversation.

I've Always Wondered: could someone take ownership of a planet or a moon?

This is an article from I’ve Always Wondered, a series where readers send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. Send your question to alwayswondered@theconversation.edu.au


I have always wondered, in a distant future when humanity is able to settle permanently on a distant body (such as planet, moon or rocky body), are there any current legal frameworks that could be applied as a precedent for such individuals to “take ownership” of that body and its resources? – Daniel, Croydon, Australia


Originally published in The Conversation.

What do your earliest childhood memories say about you?

The experience "this happened to me" is stronger than "this happened" in memory formation.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Alcohol brewed from trees and other fermented drinks in Australia's Indigenous history

A sample of the _Eucalyptus giunnii_ plant, sometimes called a cider gum for its ability to produce an alcoholic drink without human intervention. Shutterstock/Modest Things

There is no doubt that European


Originally published in The Conversation.

How 'bling' makes us human

Necklaces and earrings in traditional Kenyan cultures denote messages about marriage and childbearing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A recipe for mummy preservation existed 1,500 years before the Pharaohs

The Turin mummy was deliberately preserved, not just desiccated by dry, hot sands. R. Bianucci, Author provided

Ancient Egypt continues to throw up one fabulous surprise after another.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky

Venus shines bright in the sky above Victoria. Flickr/Indigo Skies Photography, CC BY-NC-ND

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this sto


Originally published in The Conversation.