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‘Unparalleled’ discovery of ancient skeletons sheds light on mystery of when people started eating maize
4th June 2020 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

Until now little was known about when humans started eating the crop, now a staple of meals around the globe that shapes agricultural landscapes and ecosystem biodiversity.

Oldest and largest Maya structure discovered in southern Mexico
4th June 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Scientists using an aerial remote-sensing method have discovered the largest and oldest known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization – a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1000 and 800BC in Mexico’s Tabasco state.

Humans and Neanderthals: less different than polar and brown bears
4th June 2020 | ox.ac.uk | Ancient, Humans

Ancient humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans were genetically closer than polar bears and brown bears, and so, like the bears, were able to easily produce healthy, fertile hybrids according to a study, led by the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology.

Ancient DNA is offering clues to puzzle of Dead Sea scrolls, say experts
4th June 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

With myriad fragments and an extraordinary past, the Dead Sea scrolls are quite a puzzle. Now experts say ancient DNA has helped them piece together which fragments come from the same scrolls, as well as which texts may have travelled a distance, and how widespread the writings were.

On the hunt for megafauna in North America
4th June 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Research from Curtin University has found that pre-historic climate change does not explain the extinction of megafauna in North America at the end of the last Ice Age.

Did Neanderthals draw? This B.C. researcher is going to test DNA in old cave art to find out Social Sharing
2nd June 2020 | cbc.ca | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The University of Victoria paleoanthropologist, who specializes in European cave art, has been awarded a National Geographic grant to test genetic material found in cave wall paint in Spain to try to find out who forgot to sign their work at least 40,000 years ago.

First-of-Its-Kind Study Hints at How Psilocybin Works in The Brain to Dissolve Ego
1st June 2020 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Misc.

The psychedelic experience can be rough on a person’s ego. Those who experiment with magic mushrooms and LSD often describe a dissolution of the self, otherwise known as ego-death, ego-loss, or ego-disintegration.

Nevada home to 246M-year-old fossil of pregnant ichthyosaur
1st June 2020 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Autumn was closing in fast on northern Nevada when Martin Sander took one last look around the excavation site in the Augusta Mountains 150 miles (241 kilometers) east of Reno.

Starwatch: a subtle shadow on the face of the moon
1st June 2020 | theguardian.com | Space

Less spectacular than a total eclipse but no less interesting, the penumbral lunar eclipse to be seen on Friday will be well worth watching

Rio Tinto apologises to traditional owners after blasting 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site
1st June 2020 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Mining giant Rio Tinto has apologised to traditional owners in Western Australia’s north after destroying a significant Indigenous site dating back 46,000 years, saying it is urgently reviewing plans for other sites in the area.

The grand old trees of the world are dying, leaving forests younger and shorter
29th May 2020 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

CALIFORNIA’S GIANT SEQUOIAS can live for more than 3,000 years, their trunks stretching two car lengths in diameter, their branches reaching nearly 300 feet toward the clouds.

Image from Acroterion (Wiki Commons)

Snakestones: the myth, magic and science of ammonites
29th May 2020 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

We now know ammonites are extinct cephalopod molluscs…But before science had an answer, ammonite fossils were mysterious objects that gave rise to rich and fascinating folklore all over the world.

Some Humans May Have a Weird Pregnancy Quirk Inherited From Neanderthals
29th May 2020 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Human pregnancy is downright curious. Today, we still don’t know why women go into labour for so long or why they face so much risk when they give birth.

New pygmy seahorse discovered, first of its kind in Africa
29th May 2020 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

“It’s like finding a kangaroo in Norway,” says a researcher of the new species of lentil-size fish, found 5,000 miles from its nearest cousins.

Image from Flickr: Pygmy Seahorse (Wiki Commons)

 

ANCIENT SHRINE REVEALS HOW MARIJUANA WAS USED TO EVOKE “RELIGIOUS ECSTASY”
29th May 2020 | inverse.com | Ancient, Humans

Scientists in Israel believe they’ve found evidence of some of the oldest, and holiest, rollers in biblical history. Deep in the inner sanctum of an 8th century BCE shrine, worshippers weren’t just burning frankincense. They were also burning marijuana.

World’s Oldest Bug is Fossil Millipede from Scotland
29th May 2020 news.utexas.edu | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A 425-million-year-old millipede fossil from the Scottish island of Kerrera is the world’s oldest “bug” — older than any known fossil of an insect, arachnid or other related creepy-crawly, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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