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Growing up different in Neolithic China – a case of dwarfism – Forbes article by Kristina Killgrove

“What we can say is that this individual would have likely had extra care needs where support from other community members was needed,” they write, “possibly both as the result of physical and/or mental disability, and that these would have … Continue reading

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Book review of Sally Crawford, Dawn M. Hadley & Gillian Shepherd (ed.). The Oxford handbook of the archaeology of childhood. 2018 — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

Recently published in Antiquity via Book review of Sally Crawford, Dawn M. Hadley & Gillian Shepherd (ed.). The Oxford handbook of the archaeology of childhood. 2018 — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

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Babies found with human skull helmets in ancient Ecuador — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

See Kristina Killgrove’s Forbes story on this new paper. Two infants have been interred with bone helmets (the skull cap) of other juveniles at the ritual complex of Salango in Ecuador dated to 100BC. This is the first evidence globally … Continue reading

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Mother and baby die during complicated birth in Neolithic China — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

A new study has found the first evidence in ancient China of a mother and newborn baby who died as the result of birth complications. Writing in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology Zhao and colleagues describe a young woman buried … Continue reading

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Early Europeans bottle-fed babies with animal milk — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

Published in Nature News and Views The foods used to supplement or replace breast milk in infants’ diets in prehistoric times aren’t fully understood. The finding that ancient feeding vessels from Europe had residues of animal milk offers a clue. … Continue reading

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Ancient Family: Bioarchaeology, Infant Health, and Disease — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

This week I’m tweeting for @RealScientists. Please come by and say hello. Here is my intro: http://realscientists.org/2018/09/29/ancient-family-bioarchaeology-infant-health-and-disease/ by Sarah Faber · September 29, 2018 Real Scientists is in Aotearoa/New Zealand this week with Dr Siân Halcrow (@ancientchildren), a bioarchaeologist and … Continue reading

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Child Born 90,000 Years ago had Neanderthal Mother and Denisovan Father — The Bioarchaeology of Childhood | Sian Halcrow

Despite the breaking news about this ‘child’, this may have been an adult. Read more below.  Breaking news about an astonishing find of a child is hitting international news. The paper presents the genome of ‘Denisova 11’, who is represented … Continue reading

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