The identity of the mysterious Homo floresiensis, aka the hobbit, has once again been turned on its head. New research suggests the tiny hominin evolved from an unknown ancestor that was the first to ever venture out of Africa.
Alt: Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed
A discovery made in a remote mountain village high in the Peruvian Andes suggests that the ancient Inca used accounting devices made of knotted, colored strings for more than accounting.
Analysis of Egyptian fossils has identified a new species of extinct carnivorous mammals called hyaenodonts, according to a new study
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New technology has been used to obtain the secrets of two ancient mummy’s excavated from their graves in the Altai Mountains in 1949.
The pair are seen as a local chieftain from the Pazyryk culture and his wife or concubine who was incarcerated alongside him, evidently with cannabis burning in the burial chamber.
Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright “weaving” at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds.
High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses
If you’re looking for the middle of nowhere, the Bjaeldskovdal bog is a good place to start. It lies six miles outside the small town of Silkeborg in the middle of Denmark’s flat, sparse Jutland peninsula. The bog itself is little more than a spongy carpet of moss, with a few sad trees poking out. An ethereal stillness hangs over it. A child would put it more simply: This place is really spooky.
Here’s some news out of Iran that has to do with winds that aren’t the winds of war. A strong dust and sand storm in late March uncovered ruins and relics from an ancient lost city in the remote Fahraj Rural District in Kerman Province in southeastern Iran. The relics include pottery and bones and the area is now under police and military protection until their significance can be determined.
The Kaikoura earthquake of November 2016 had a measured magnitude of 7.8 and cost the lives of two people on New Zealand’s south island. However, the local council in the resort town of Kaikoura says that coastal uplift caused by the quake raised 120 km (75 miles) of coastline by between one to eight metres (3-26 feet), potentially putting previously at-risk infrastructure out of harm’s way from sea erosion
The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid.
The control room tweeted the predicted milestone on Friday, adding that it is also set to be the first 24-hour coal-free period in Britain.
The subterranean rodents are able to switch to a fructose-based metabolic system previously only observed in plants, a new study reveals
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Bruce Friedrich is about to up the ante in the effort to get more people eating plant-based and cell-cultured meat. With a staff that will soon exceed 30, Friedrich’s DC-based firm is expanding its attention from the United States to the entire world.
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Flowers that were thought to have evolved to lure hummingbirds, actually have combinations of traits that discourage wasteful visits by bumblebees
People who are exposed to pesticides may face an increased risk of liver cancer, a new meta-analysis suggests.
Pesticide exposure was associated with a 71 percent increased risk of liver cancer
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On paper alone you would never guess that I grew up poor and hungry.
My most recent annual salary was over $700,000. I am a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
If biology has an Indiana Jones, it is Christopher Ramsden: he specializes in excavating lost studies, particularly those with the potential to challenge mainstream, government-sanctioned health advice.
Sergey Leshchinskiy, paleontologist, head of TSU’s Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems, has studied the remains of Yakut mammoths collected on one of the largest locations in the world of mammoth fauna, Berelyokh. His study showed that almost half of the bones of these ancient mammals have signs of serious pathologies typical for the human skeletal system.
Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.
Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.
Alt: Ancient stone confirms date of comet strike
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