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  • Ancient hominin walked like a human but climbed like an ape

    In 2015, mining excavations in Malapa, South Africa, revealed fossil vertebrae trapped in cement-like rock called breccia. Analysis revealed the vertebrae to be two million years old, from the lower back of a female Australopithecus sediba, a relative of modern humans first discovered at the same site in 2008.

  • Collapse of ancient Liangzhu culture caused by climate change

    Referred to as China’s Venice of the Stone Age, the Liangzhu excavation site in eastern China is considered one of the most significant testimonies of early Chinese advanced civilisation. More than 5000 years ago, the city already had an elaborate water management system. Until now, the cause of the sudden collapse has been a subject of debate.

  • New tests show neolithic pits near Stonehenge were human-made

    When a series of deep pits were discovered near the world heritage site of Stonehenge last year, archaeologists excitedly described it as the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Britain – only for some colleagues to dismiss the pits as mere natural features.

  • Mission to smash into Dimorphos space rock launches

    A spacecraft has launched on a mission to test technology that could one day tip a dangerous asteroid off course.

  • Did Humans Invent Mathematics, or Is It a Fundamental Part of Existence?

    Many people think that mathematics is a human invention. To this way of thinking, mathematics is like a language: it may describe real things in the world, but it doesn’t ‘exist’ outside the minds of the people who use it.