Newsdesk Archive

How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction
2018-12-15
The continent’s largest land mammal plays crucial role in spiritual lives of the tribes.
Ancient pots reveal reptile pee pigments and cultural connections
2018-12-15
A study on the pottery of Peru's Paracas civilization tells us more about their neighbors 2,000 years ago—and turns up a unique ingredient.
The Mysterious Fate of an Ancient Apollo Statue Pulled From Gaza’s Sea
2018-12-15
Discovered by a fisherman, the statue garnered world renown before being confiscated by Hamas. The film 'The Apollo of Gaza' raises fascinating questions on the origins and fate of the sculpture.
Rare Neanderthal DNA mean some people’s brains are slightly different shape, study suggests
2018-12-15
Interbreeding with ancient humans means ancient genetic fragments still shaping heads of some Europeans.
Sprawling Museum of Black Civilizations Opens in Senegal
2018-12-15
The launch comes as Senegal is requesting the repatriation of looted artworks from France.
Scientists Think an Exploding Star Helped Kill Off the Megalodon
2018-12-15
An Astrobiology study proposes that an ancient supernova could have exposed Megalodon and other large ocean animals to deadly muon radiation.
Cave diver finds prehistoric bones in ‘new room’ of underwater cave network
2018-12-15
A cave diver has uncovered a globally significant collection of ancient bones from Australia's prehistoric period in the dark depths of South Australia's underwater caves.
NASA releases first data from OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission
2018-12-12
Take a peek at asteroid Bennu: porous, blue, and with a water-rich parent body.
New Research On The Clothing Of Ancient Egyptians Reveals Arm Warmers, Socks And Other Items Were Worn
2018-12-12
An Egyptologist has researched the unique fashion choices and clothing that ancient Egyptians once wore.
This 8000-year-old ‘gum’ holds surprises about ancient toolmakers
2018-12-12
Among other things, the DNA suggests these toolmakers were both male and female, and some may have been as young as 5 years old.
South America’s Other ‘Easter Island’
2018-12-12
The mysterious statues of San Agustín and underground tombs of Tierradentro, in southern Colombia, are finally rising from the dead after being off-limits for decades.
DNA find: Tiny wallaby the last living link to extinct giant kangaroos
2018-12-12
Australia's pint-sized banded hare-wallaby is the closest living relative of the giant short-faced kangaroos which roamed the continent for millions of years, but died out about 40,000 years ago.
Egyptian authorities investigate ‘forbidden’ Great Pyramid sex photo
2018-12-12
Danish photographer’s stunt on top of landmark a ‘violation of public morality’, says minister.
Recovered Aboriginal songs offer clues to 19th century mystery of the shipwrecked ‘white woman’
2018-12-12
What these songs reveal is an Indigenous perspective on the White Woman and a glimpse into the rich artistic culture of the Gunai/Kurnai.
Indigenous astronomy to revitalise the Australian curriculum
2018-12-10
The resources will assist teachers in implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures’ cross curriculum priority from the Australian Curriculum.
Near-Earth asteroid removed from risk list
2018-12-10
European Space Agency cancels 2026 collision risk – leaving just 794 possibilities.
Ancient strain of plague found in Sweden – and it could rewrite history
2018-12-10
"Discovering such an early variant (of plague) in Falköping was completely unexpected, as earlier findings have pointed to it originating in Asia. This will now have to be reevaluated."
Hot ocean water blamed for ancient mass extinction
2018-12-10
While humans aren’t warming the Earth anywhere close to as much as what happened naturally 250 million years ago, “this puts our future into the category of contenders for true catastrophe.”
How NASA’s Mission to Bennu Will Keep Earth Safe from Asteroids
2018-12-10
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission won’t just take pretty pictures of the asteroid Bennu—it will also help scientists learn whether the rock will one day threaten Earth.
Deb Haaland tells Moneyish why Native Americans deserve better representation
2018-12-10
‘This was all Native land at one time, yet our voices (have) not always been represented in many levels of government,’ said the newly elected New Mexico Democrat.
How Bronze Age Northern Mongolian Peoples Got Milk
2018-12-10
The genomes of 22 individuals dating to the Late Bronze Age suggest that milk consumption was spread through cultural diffusion, not as a result of the migration of new peoples into the region.
50,000 year old tiara made of woolly mammoth ivory found in world famous Denisova Cave…
2018-12-07
The tiara was most likely made by Denisovans who are known to have had the technology 50,000 or so years ago to make elegant needles out of ivory and a sophisticated and beautiful stone bracelet.
Meet the remote Indigenous community where a few thousand people use 15 different languages
2018-12-07
Maningrida is one of the most linguistically diverse communities in the world, with 15 languages spoken or signed every day among only a couple of thousand people.
Ancient plague may have wiped out Stone Age farmers in Europe
2018-12-07
Scientists think 'mega-settlements' provided perfect conditions for new disease to evolve.
Rethinking the history related to indigenous sites in northeast North America
2018-12-05
The findings suggest that the history of notable "contact-era" events in northeastern North America during the 15th to early 17th centuries may need to be revaluated.
Bringing balance to the universe: New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos
2018-12-05
This astonishing new theory may also prove right a prediction that Einstein made 100 years ago.
229 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018
2018-12-05
The new species include 120 wasps, 34 sea slugs, 28 ants, 19 fish, 7 flowering plants, 7 spiders, 4 eels, 3 sharks, 2 water bears, 1 frog, 1 snake, 1 seahorse, 1 moss, and 1 liverwort plant.
An Oxford Scientist May Have Solved the Mystery of Dark Matter
2018-12-05
The research suggests that dark matter and energy can both be explained if they’re treated as a “negative mass fluid.”
Mesmerizing video shows what would happen if an asteroid crashed into Earth’s oceans
2018-12-05
America's National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has posted a new video illustrating what could happen if an asteroid crashed into one of our oceans, and it's fascinating.
One of Scotland’s first migrants had dark hair, brown eyes and was lactose-intolerant, skeleton DNA test reveals
2018-12-05
A skeleton at least 4,250 years old found in the north of Scotland in 1987 has surprised archaeologists after new analysis has revealed she was a migrant from northern Europe.
Strange Cave Art Could Mean These Palaeolithic People Amputated Their Own Fingers
2018-12-04
"The available data seem to fit reasonably well with the hypothesis that some Upper Palaeolithic people engaged in finger amputation for the purposes of religious sacrifice."
Skeletons found in London archaeology dig reveal noxious environs
2018-12-04
The burials offer an extraordinary glimpse into life in early industrial London, between the 1830s and 1850s, showing the harshness of life for the industrial poor.
We Need More Diversity in Our Genomic Databases
2018-12-04
The ones we have now are too heavily skewed toward people of European descent.
Archaeologists discover eight ancient mummies in Egypt
2018-12-03
Limestone sarcophagi date back to Late Period (664-332 BC) in found in area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid.
Ancient tools discovery in Algeria forces scientists to rethink human evolution
2018-12-03
'The cradle of humankind was not restricted to east Africa - rather it was the entire African continent'.
Democrat Sharice Davids Becomes First Native American Woman Elected to Congress
2018-12-03
Democrat Sharice Davids went down in history on Tuesday night as the first Native American woman elected to Congress, with New Mexico’s Deb Haaland expected to pull off a similar victory.
North America’s Earliest Smokers May Have Helped Launch the Agricultural Revolution
2018-12-03
As archaeologists push back the dates for the spread of tobacco use, new questions are emerging about trade networks and agriculture.
Oldest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia
2018-12-03
Teilhardina brandti is as old or older than its Asian and European relatives, upending the prevailing hypothesis that Teilhardina first appeared in China.
Cave Art Re-examination Reveals Ancient Europeans Masters of Geometry
2018-12-03
Researchers have discovered that ancient Europeans represented star constellations within depictions of wild animals.
Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy
2018-11-30
As far back as 40,000 years ago, humans kept track of time using relatively sophisticated knowledge of the stars, new research shows.
Extinct ‘Denisovan’ people may have lived on Earth’s highest plateau
2018-11-30
If modern humans harnessed Denisovan DNA to survive at altitude, perhaps the Denisovans could also survive on the Tibetan Plateau.
Study suggests multiple instances of inter-breeding between Neanderthal and early humans
2018-11-30
There were likely multiple instances of cross-breeding between early humans in both East Asia and Europe with Neanderthals.
Watch NASA arrive at the asteroid on a potential collision course with Earth
2018-11-30
NASA's asteroid-chaser will reach its target, Bennu, on Dec. 3 and you don't want to miss a thing.
Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans. It should be.
2018-11-30
A Supreme Court case about jurisdiction in an obscure murder has huge implications for tribes.
Asteroid-sampling mission zeroes in on tiny space rock
2018-11-30
US spacecraft aims to return the largest trove of space dirt to Earth since NASA's final Apollo mission in the 1970s.
Ancient populations from different Caucasus regions had strong social connections
2018-11-30
More than 70 thousand years ago, Neanderthals transferred obsidian to distances up to 250 kilometers and used it to manufacture tools.
Derby man’s car boot toothbrush holder is ancient pot
2018-11-30
A pot bought for £4 at a car boot sale and used as a toothbrush holder has turned out to be 4,000 years old.
First ancient DNA from mainland Finland reveals origins of Siberian ancestry in region
2018-11-30
New study shows that the genetic makeup of northern Europe traces back to migrations from Siberia that began at least 3,500 years ago.
Giant 700-Foot-Wide Asteroid In Trajectory With Earth In 2023
2018-11-27
According to a NASA report, the asteroid has the potential of colliding with earth on 62 different impact trajectories, from between 2023 and 2117.
DNA of The Mysterious ‘Siberian Unicorn’ Has Been Analysed For The First Time
2018-11-27
The ancient rhinoceros didn't die off 200,000 years ago, before the last Ice Age, as previously thought. The strange animals actually only disappeared as recently as 36,000 years ago.
Bonita Mabo, prominent Indigenous rights activist, dies days after receiving accolade
2018-11-27
Just days ago she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from James Cook University for her contribution to social justice and human rights.
Ancient Egyptian tomb unveiled
2018-11-27
Two sarcophagi, each containing a mummy, were found. All are in perfect condition. The archaeological dig also discovered around 1,000 funerary statues at the site.
It’s No Ancient Secret, a High-Tech Headband Can Help Train Your Brain to Meditate
2018-11-27
Brainwaves of highly experienced meditation practitioners are different than those of non-meditators.
Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
2018-11-26
If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.
Meet Denny, the ancient mixed-heritage mystery girl
2018-11-26
A new project backed by the European Research Council aims to transform our knowledge of the Denisovans and their relations with both Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals.
Denisovans: complex stone tool find in China points to lost human race
2018-11-26
They weren’t made by Neanderthals. Nor Homo Sapiens. Complex stone tools found in China may have been the handiwork of a mysterious, almost-human tribe.
A Thanksgiving bonfire at dawn: celebrating Native American resistance on Alcatraz
2018-11-26
While most people are still asleep, thousands gather each year to remember the occupation that helped inspire the modern Native American protest movement.
Ancient Egypt Discovered Variable Stars A Thousand Years Before European Astronomers
2018-11-26
Ancient Egyptian astronomers may have discovered variable stars, and calculated the period of a well-known one called Algol, thousands of years before Europeans.
Early human ancestors not to blame for extinctions of giant African mammals
2018-11-26
The team's research, published in Science, shows that early hominin species played little to no role in driving mammal extinctions in ancient African ecosystems.
It looks like an anchovy fillet but this ancient creature helps us understand how DNA works
2018-11-26
Because amphioxus “sits in the middle” between invertebrates and vertebrates, it can tell us about some of the steps and developments that took place as animals became more complex over millions of years of evolution.
One of the world’s largest tombs is a keyhole-shaped forest
2018-11-26
Japan's Daisen Kofun is an ancient burial mound shrouded in mystery, massive in scale, and surprisingly little-known to the rest of the world. Reportedly, no one has crossed the inner-moat and visited the island since 1872.
Aboriginal Australia’s ‘mind-blowing’ struggle for a first treaty
2018-11-26
Australia is the only Commonwealth country never to make a treaty with its indigenous peoples. Why has it proven so difficult? Kathy Marks looks at the vast challenges in Victoria alone - a state that is working towards a national first.
Vanilla’s First-Known Use Came 2,500 Years Earlier and Half a World From Where We Thought
2018-11-22
Residue found in a jug in Israel shows vanilla was likely produced and traded from South Asia, millennia before it was cultivated in Mexico.
An exploding meteor may have wiped out ancient Dead Sea communities
2018-11-22
A superheated blast from the skies obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, preliminary findings suggest.
Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life
2018-11-22
Native American photographers are pushing back against portrayals of their culture by non-natives, capturing scenes that reflect alternative views of indigenous life.
Sensual fresco discovered in ancient Pompeii bedroom
2018-11-22
Archaeologists have found a fresco in an ancient Pompeii bedroom that depicts a sensual scene of the Roman god Jupiter, disguised as a swan, and a legendary queen of Sparta from Greek mythology.
New species of extinct ape discovered in tomb of ancient Chinese noblewoman
2018-11-22
Gibbon likely belonged to Lady Xia, grandmother of China's first emperor, but its species appears to have been driven to extinction by deforestation.
NASA has chosen where it’s going to look for ancient life on Mars in 2020
2018-11-22
NASA has picked Jezero Crater as the landing spot for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, after scrutinizing more than 60 potential locations over the last five years.
New dates for ancient stone tools in China point to local invention of complex technology
2018-11-21
Archaeologists thought artifacts had been carried into China from Europe and Africa, but they could have come from much earlier cultural transmission.
Native Americans Reveal Their Secrets To Preventing Forest Fires And More
2018-11-21
By gradually clearing away flammable material on the ground, Native Americans’ deliberate fires may have prevented large forest fires like those we see today.
Bennelong’s burial site to be turned into public memorial
2018-11-21
Sydney home bought by NSW government for $2.9m to be transformed into memorial to honour Eora nation elder.
Termites have been building hundreds of millions of huge mounds for 4,000 years – and now scientists know why
2018-11-21
'Biological wonder' of 200 million mounds saw soil equivalent to 4,000 great pyramids of Giza excavated by insects.
Scientists discovered an energetic “cosmic serpent” in our galaxy
2018-11-21
Unlike the evil Egyptian god, which could never be vanquished, not even by its arch enemy Ra, this cosmic serpent is destined to be defeated someday and will go out with a bang, unlike any other.
A ‘samurai’ swordsmith is designing a space probe
2018-11-21
Now, a trio of engineers have teamed up with a master Japanese swordsmith to design a rock-sampling device made with the same steel used in katana sword blades – and the plan is to use it on an asteroid.
Did Ancient Egyptian Scribes Discover Algol’s Variability 3,000 Years before European Astronomers?
2018-11-19
Sebastian Porceddu and colleagues argue that the ancient Egyptian scribes had the possible means and the motives for such astronomical observations.
Looters plunder Albania’s sunken treasures
2018-11-19
Expeditions carried out since 2006 have found some 40 shipwrecks along Albania's coastline, including vessels dating back to the 7th century BC and naval ships from World War I and II.
Archaeologists Have Discovered The 3,700-Year Skeletons Of An Egyptian Woman And Fetus In Aswan Grave
2018-11-19
Egyptian pottery and ostrich eggshell beads were discovered beside the bodies of the 3,700-year-old skeletons of the Egyptian woman and her fetus.
Did Colonists Give Infected Blankets to Native Americans as Biological Warfare?
2018-11-19
There’s evidence that British colonists in 18th-century America gave Native Americans smallpox-infected blankets at least once—but did it work?
Three Native American professionals on how they deal with bias and lack of representation
2018-11-19
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, three professionals share how they navigate the obstacles they have faced in their careers.
Greenland impact crater could help explain disappearance of woolly mammoths, early humans
2018-11-16
A scarily large meteorite crater has just been discovered in Greenland. It hit the world with the force of 700,000,000 nuclear bombs.
Neanderthals may not have been the headbangers scientists once assumed
2018-11-16
A new study reveals our closest human relatives were no more likely than Stone Age members of our species to sustain head injuries.
Ancient DNA Study Revealed The Evolution of a Mysterious Extinct Monkey of The Caribbean
2018-11-16
Different from any other monkey on Earth, Xenothrix was a slow-moving tree-dweller with few teeth and rodent-like leg bones.
Native American Mashpee tribe turns to Congress in land dispute
2018-11-16
Trump administration reversed Obama-era decision to recognise the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation in Massachusetts.
Impact crater 19 miles wide found beneath Greenland glacier
2018-11-15
The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago.
A large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland
2018-11-15
Geochemical analysis of this sediment indicates that the impactor was a fractionated iron asteroid, which must have been more than a kilometer wide to produce the identified crater.
Has a Piece of the World’s Oldest Computer Been Found?
2018-11-14
A lost piece of the world’s oldest analog computer (the Antikythera mechanism an ancient Greek device designed to calculate astronomical position) may have been discovered.
A lost ancient city built by Trojan War captives has been found, Greek officials say
2018-11-14
For the past several years, archaeologist Elena Korka has been focused on a legacy of the Trojan War: A lost city named Tenea, reportedly settled by war prisoners brought over from Troy.
Massive hoard of mummified cats and other animals found in ancient Egyptian tombs
2018-11-14
While preparing the site at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, the team also came across the door of another tomb that remains sealed.
Ancient DNA Has Revealed Surprising Connections Between The First People of The Americas
2018-11-13
A simple migration story is turning into an intricate web of movement and cross-pollination of connections that stretch deep into South America, and around the world.
Experts find stone tools connected communities
2018-11-13
Stone tools from the Middle Stone Age in South Africa shows that different communities were connected over long time periods over vast geographical areas.
Scientists reveal 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor
2018-11-13
Scientists mapping out the historical migrations of North and South America have revealed that a 10,000-year-old skeleton unearthed in a cave in Nevada is the ancestor of a Native American tribe.
Ancient DNA reveals complex migrations of the first Americans
2018-11-13
Newly sequenced Native genomes showcase a wealth of surprises, from previously unknown populations to unique high-altitude adaptations.
40,000-year-old cave art in Borneo may be world’s oldest animal drawing
2018-11-13
The new dating suggests that these images are at least 40,000 years old, earning them the title of the earliest figurative cave paintings yet found.
Great Pyramid: how my research on ancient Egyptian poetry led to an amazing discovery
2018-11-13
While pulley systems are well known from Greek civilisation in the first millennium BC, the evidence from Hatnub pushes their use much further back in time, as it pre-dates the Greek evidence by some 2,000 years.
Ancient DNA analysis yields unexpected insights about peoples of Central, South America
2018-11-13
"A key discovery was that a Clovis culture-associated individual from North America dating to around 12,800 years ago shares distinctive ancestry with the oldest Chilean, Brazilian and Belizean individuals."
World’s Earliest Figurative Art Wasn’t in Europe, Archaeologists Reveal
2018-11-13
Prehistoric people in Southeast Asia were decorating their caves with cattle drawings and hand stencils in Borneo as early as 52,000 years ago, thousands of years before the rock artists of Europe.
Ancient DNA confirms Native Americans’ deep roots in North and South America
2018-11-09
Two studies find that ancient populations expanded rapidly across the Americas about 13,000 years ago, revealing previously undocumented, large-scale movements between North and South America.
Egypt: Artifacts discovered in Cairo could be 4,000 years old
2018-11-09
Archaeologists have found several fragments of stone slabs with inscriptions that could be 4,000 years old, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities said.
A night of firsts: the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms
2018-11-09
Women have run in record numbers, and Native Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, millennials and LGBT candidates have already made history with their campaigns.
‘Microdosers’ of LSD and magic mushrooms are wiser and more creative
2018-11-07
It has been found in the first ever pre-registered scientific study on the microdosing of psychedelics that microdosers scored higher on measures of wisdom, open-mindedness and creativity.
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