New studies suggest that early humans started making more sophisticated tools, trading with neighboring groups for better stone, and maybe even using symbols to communicate—in order to survive rapid climate shifts 320,000 ago.
The bronze kettle containing the liquor is a sacrificial vessel. It was among 260 items unearthed from a graveyard of commoners’ tombs from the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC).
Traits which would have benefited hominins in ancient times could be maladaptive given the current lifestyle of the modern man.
“This is a breakthrough paper,” said David Reich. “It’s a definite third interbreeding event,” one that adds to the previously known Denisovan and Neanderthal mixtures.
About 15,000 years ago, in the oldest known cemetery in the world, people buried their dead in sitting positions with beads and animal horns, deep in a cave in what is now Morocco.
Over 320,000 years ago in the Rift Valley of Africa, early innovators eschewed the clunky, palm-size stone hand axes that their ancestors had used for more than a million years in favor of a new toolkit.
Nasa’s plan to deflect deadly asteroids wouldn’t be up to the job of keeping us safe from the deadly asteroid that could one day hit us, a study has found.
Neither the HAMMER concept nor Russia’s testing puts us on the doorstep of a nuclear asteroid defense system just yet, but they’re both steps in that direction.
Nader Habib watches the sun’s rays shine on the faces of Ancient Egyptian gods at an exhibition at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum in Alexandria.
Dr. Vardhan, who’s a medical doctor, didn’t clarify which specific Vedic “theory” he was talking about. When pressed for the source of this claim by Hawking, who died on Wednesday the 14th, he refused clarification.
The same technology which located the Mayan cities has been used to rediscover a southern African city that was occupied from the 15th century until about 200 years ago.
NASA’s next Mars rover won’t just explore the Red Planet; it will, the space agency hopes, make it so a little bit of Mars might make it to Earth.
While mapping the seabed, the team discovered seven large craters in the seafloor, and the geologists can’t explain what might have made them.
An international team of astronomers has discovered that all galaxies rotate once every billion years, no matter how big they are.
The new imaging effort, which takes 10 hours to analyse each of the 26 pages selected from the volume, has already revealed sections of the text not seen by anybody in a thousand years, including a previously unreadable preface.
A stretch of coastline in north-western Australia abounds with evidence of one of the world’s most diverse dinosaur faunas. Footprints that provide a rare snapshot of life on Earth 130 million years ago were almost destroyed in the name of progress.