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About JSTOR Daily
Lydia Pyne is a writer and historian in Austin, TX. She is the author of
(Jan 2016, Bloomsbury) and
Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Human Fossils
(Aug 2016, Viking).
Plants & Animals
Restoring the Prehistoric Horse
It’s the National Day of the Horse! Do You Know Where the Real Wild Horses Live?
The Statistics of Coin Tosses for Theater Geeks
At the beginning of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a coin toss lands as heads 92 times in a row, the odds of which are a mere 1 in 5 octillion.
What We Saw Under the Microscope’s Lens
The lens, a tool technology that helps make the invisible world visible, brought a revolutionary perspective to our descriptions of nature.
An Object History of the Persian Carpet
The famous Persian carpet, woven by female artisans in southwestern Iran, may be going extinct. Its story can be told in spindles and whorls.
The Sticky History of Adhesives
Our Pleistocene ancestors in southern Africa made and used glue-like adhesives as early as the Middle Stone Age.
Inside the Alchemist’s Workshop
What tools would an alchemist use in the quest to transmute other elements into gold?
Complexity in Simplicity: The Three Technologies Behind Ceramics
More than two thousand years ago, the Mayans of eastern Guatemala used ceramic teapots to pour themselves hot ...
We Didn’t Start the Fire (Neanderthals Did)
Fire was once thought to be a strictly human technology, but new discoveries show that Neanderthals could wield it.
Dear Paleoanthropology, Homo Naledi Just Shifted Your Paradigm
A new fossil human ancestor has made its way into the media spotlight, and it’s causing quite a ...