Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica

Kiona N. Smith

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Tulsa, OK, United States

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Recent articles by Kiona:

Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient

A study suggests that people in ancient China started farming carp around 6200 BCE. → Read More

Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia

DNA says several people buried in a mass grave after the 1278 attack were related. → Read More

80,000-year-old footprints reveal Neanderthal social life

The group included a surprisingly large number of children compared to adults. → Read More

Denisovan fossil finger points to the timing of Neanderthal evolution

Anthropologists put a finger on differences between Neanderthals and Denisovans. → Read More

Stone tools suggest the first Americans came from Japan

Stone tools at the Cooper's Ferry site resemble tools from Ice Age sites in Japan. → Read More

Early hominin skull fills in “a major gap” in the fossil record

The 3.8 million-year-old fossil reveals the face of Australopithecus anamensis. → Read More

16,000-year-old puma poop yields a sample of Ice Age parasites

The Ice Age roundworm DNA is the oldest genetic sequence ever recovered from feces. → Read More

Why did so many Neanderthals end up with swimmer’s ear?

Anthropologists still aren’t sure what the finding says about Neanderthal life. → Read More

Trump administration announces changes to Endangered Species Act rules

Changes alter the rules that say how federal agencies should implement the ESA. → Read More

The first people to live at high elevations snacked on giant mole rats

The site is the earliest evidence so far of people living at high elevations. → Read More

Warring Maya kingdoms razed enemy cities to the ground

Researchers find reference to a burned city and match it to carbon deposits. → Read More

Did Stonehenge builders use pig grease to help slide megaliths into place?

Grease collected from ceremonial feasts may have aided the stones' transport. → Read More

What will happen to the last slave ship in the US?

It's not clear when, or if, archaeologists will fully excavate the shipwreck. → Read More

A 2,000-year-old stylus makes a point about ancient Roman humor

Lost in ancient Londinium: "I went to Rome, and all I brought you was this pen." → Read More

Archeologists confirm near-legendary tale of crusaders’ siege of Jerusalem

The finds confirm medieval chroniclers' reports of defensive works at Jerusalem. → Read More

New data may extend Norse occupancy in North America

The story of the only undisputed Norse site in the Americas just got more complicated. → Read More

Humans may have reached Europe by 210,000 years ago

By 40,000 years later, Neanderthals had taken over the site. → Read More

Unexploded World War II bombs may still be buried at Pompeii

7 to 10 unexploded bombs may await archaeologists in unexcavated parts of Pompeii. → Read More

Neanderthals’ history is as complicated as ours

New study hints at Neanderthal population turnover in Siberia 90,000-120,000 years ago. → Read More

Neanderthals glued their tools together

The 55,000- to 40,000-year-old stone tools still carry traces of resin adhesive. → Read More