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Rare gemstone particles found in an 8th-century nun's mouth shatter a historical misconception

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Teeth prove women helped produce 8th-century religious manuscripts

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Evidence of Interbreeding Between Early Human Species

According to National Geographic, for some time researchers have suspected that two ancient human species, Neanderthals and Denisovans, interbred. It wasn’t until paleogeneticist Viviane Slon, of the Max Planck Institute, received the results from a 90,000-year-old flake of bone she had tested (and five other sample tests from the same “child”) that this was confirmed. Slon has published her findings in the scientific journal Nature and it’s groundbreaking as nobody …
Tags: Science, Design, Culture, Siberia, Linkaboutit, Max Planck Institute, Paleogeneticist, Viviane Slon, Slon


Research: Neanderthals Made Art Too

"Neanderthals created meaningful symbols in meaningful places," co-author Paul Pettitt of Durham University said in announcing the findings, which are published in the journal Science. That ability has long been seen as "one of the main pillars of what makes us human," in the words of the study's lead author, Dirk Hoffmann of the Max Planck Institute. So this news may be […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Durham University, Max Planck Institute, 02.22.18, Dirk Hoffmann, Paul Pettitt


Jazz And Classical Pianists Use Their Brains Differently: Study

"While neuroscience has largely debunked the left-right brain divide, new research from the Max Planck Institute ... shows that a similar binary might apply to pianists."
Tags: Art, Music, Max Planck Institute, 01.19.18


Scientists Report Birds Use Jazz Technique In Their Songs

The 'swinging' birds were found after scientists used mathematical analysis to study the song of the thrush nightingale. The nightingale's song deviates slightly in its note timing, making it more 'expressive' like a jazz swing track, the researchers, from the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, found.
Tags: Art, Music, FRANKFURT Germany, Max Planck Institute, 07.19.17



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