Ancient news stories

1st bioengineered hybrid animals discovered — in ancient Mesopotamia
17th January 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Mesopotamians were using hybrids of domesticated donkeys and wild asses to pull their war wagons 4,500 years ago — at least 500 years before horses were bred for the purpose, a new study reveals

Trail of African bling reveals 50,000-year-old social network
17th January 2022 | | Ancient, Humans

Scientists have uncovered the world’s oldest social network, a web of connections that flourished 50,000 years ago and stretched for thousands of miles across Africa.

Million-Year-Old DNA Yields Mammoth Surprises
17th January 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life

A decades-old Siberian tooth sample has revealed a previously unknown mammoth lineage, along with a potential ancestor’s unexpected adaptations.

A Newly Discovered Fossil Could Be The Answer to Darwin’s ‘Abominable’ Mystery
17th January 2022 | | Ancient, Earth

Scientists in China say they have found the oldest flower bud in the fossil record, finally aligning the fossil evidence with the genetic data suggesting flowering plants, or angiosperms, evolved tens of millions of years earlier than we initially thought.

Archaeologists discover ancient highways in Arabia
17th January 2022 | Ancient, Humans

Archeologists from The University of Western Australia have discovered people who lived in north-west Arabia in the Early to Middle Bronze Age built ‘funerary avenues’—long-distance corridors linking oases and pastures, bordered by thousands of elaborate burial monuments.

Early Homo Sapiens Found in Ethiopia Is Older Than Had Been Thought
14th January 2022 | | Ancient, Humans

New analysis based on ash from volcanic cataclysm dates an early human found at Omo, Ethiopia, to 233,000 years, supporting the ‘early evolution’ theory for Homo sapiens

Psychedelic-laced beer may have helped this ancient South American empire rule
14th January 2022 | Ancient, Humans

Beer laced with hallucinogenic drugs derived from plant seeds may have helped leaders of a South American culture maintain their political control for hundreds of years, according to new research.

Clovis hunters’ reputation as mammoth killers takes a hit
11th January 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Tests of stone points show that early Americans may have been better scavengers than hunters of the giant beasts.

Rare African script offers clues to the evolution of writing
11th January 2022 | Ancient, Humans

The world’s very first invention of writing took place over 5000 years ago in the Middle East, before it was reinvented in China and Central America. Today, almost all human activities—from education to political systems and computer code—rely on this technology.

Medieval warhorses no bigger than modern-day ponies, study finds
11th January 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

In films and literature, they are usually depicted as hulking, foot-stomping, snorting beasts but a new study has claimed that the medieval warhorse was typically a much slighter, daintier animal.

Rare ‘bionic’ armor discovered in 2,500-year-old China burial
11th January 2022 | | Ancient, Humans

About 2,500 years ago, a man in northwest China was buried with armor made of more than 5,000 leather scales, a military garment fashioned so intricately, its design looks like the overlapping scales of a fish, a new study finds

Ichthyosaur: Huge fossilised ‘sea dragon’ found in Rutland reservoir
10th January 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

“I rang up the county council and I said I think I’ve found a dinosaur,” explained Joe Davis, who works at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

See the spectacular fossils from a newly discovered prehistoric rainforest
9th January 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Hundreds of amazingly well-preserved finds from Australia include plants, insects, fish, and more that existed more than 11 million years ago.

Rock sample re-writes Earth’s early atmospheric history – again
6th January 2022 | Ancient, Earth

New analysis rewinds previous research findings that atmospheric oxygen existed prior to the Great Oxygenation Event.

Digging deep: DNA molecules in ancient dirt offer a treasure trove of clues to our past
6th January 2022 | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Archaeological deposits typically consist of a mix of artifacts and the remains of plants and animals—including the occasional human fossil—all held in a matrix of dirt. But these days, we dig for a lot more besides fossils and artifacts.

Dinosaur footprints in Penarth date back 200 million years
3rd January 2022 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Dinosaur footprints found on a beach in south Wales are actually a “trackway” of footprints dating back more than 200 million years, researchers have found.

Image from: MarnixR (Wiki Commons)

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