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Smell is most ephemeral of senses. We can easily imagine how the past looked, but rarely do we think about how it smelled. Given the lack of hygiene for much of human history, perhaps that is for the best. But for as long as there have been bad smells, humans have been trying to cover them up—and so…
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Fossilized feces, or coprolites, are valuable. They sell for big sums at auctions, and researchers use the swirls as a unique source of information. Their content often reveals the surprising things that long-gone humans ate. From whole snakes to other people, our ancestors’ diets apparently knew no…
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These days, the word “stranger” is mostly one-dimensional. It conjures up the image of a blurry-faced human who might do something criminal if shown too much trust. However, some do earn our trust for no apparent reason. People even tell their secrets to strangers. This field is also rich for…
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