Ancient news stories

Stonehenge, other ancient rock structures may trace their origins to monuments like this
12th February 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans

A new study suggests megaliths in Europe can be traced back to a single hunter-gatherer culture that started nearly 7000 years ago in what is today the Brittany region of northwestern France.

Scientists crack mystery of ancient Chinese pottery found in shipwreck
12th February 2019 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Tech

Researchers have succeeded in pinpointing the exact origins of 700-year-old Chinese pottery items recovered from a shipwreck.

Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor
9th February 2019 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans

The genetic footprint of a “ghost population” may match that of a Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid fossil found in Siberia.

DNA reveals early mating between Asian herders and European farmers
9th February 2019 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Humans

Hundreds of years before changing the genetic face of Bronze Age Europeans, herders based in western Asia’s steppe grasslands were already mingling and mating with farmers in southeastern Europe.

Homo sapiens or Denisovans? Who made stunning cave jewellery and artefacts up to 48,000 years ago?
6th February 2019 siberiantimes.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Eminent Siberian archeologist Professor Mikhail Shunkov challenges Western claims casting doubt on this being the work of ancient Denisovans.

Who peopled South America? New ancient DNA study reveals continent’s first inhabitants
6th February 2019 thebogotapost.com | Ancient, Humans

Around 9,000 years ago Clovis-associated individuals were “almost completely replaced” by a population that now resembles modern day indigenous individuals in South America.

Scientists Have Found Hidden Evidence of Ancient Ice Streams in The African Desert
6th February 2019 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

Once, about 300 million years ago, when southern Africa was joined at South America’s hip, this now arid region was covered in a wide expanse of glaciers.

Metal From Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Kills Cancer Cells When Blasted With Light
6th February 2019 | iflscience.com | Ancient

Iridium, a metal associated with the asteroid that ended the Cretaceous era can act like a stealth bomb, entering the nucleus of a cancer cell.

Britain broke off from Europe 450,000 years ago – and it made us the people we are today
6th February 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The defining features of our island shaped our history in ways we might not even understand.

Ancient desert tomb reveals 50 Egyptian mummies including 12 preserved children
5th February 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

The mummies were found inside four nine-metre deep burial chambers in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo.

A Mysterious Third Human Species Lived Alongside Neanderthals in This Cave
2nd February 2019 | inverse.com | Ancient, Humans

While these relatives are extinct, their legacy lives on in the modern humans who carry fragments of their DNA and in the tiny artifacts and bones they left behind.

Ancient asteroid impacts played a role in creation of Earth’s future continents
2nd February 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Space

The heavy bombardment of terrestrial planets by asteroids from space has contributed to the formation of the early evolved crust on Earth that later gave rise to continents.

New map of Beringia ‘opens your imagination’ to what landscape looked like 18,000 years ago
2nd February 2019 | cbc.ca | Ancient, Earth

Jeff Bond, a Yukon geologist, says this is the first time a map of Beringia has included lakes, rivers and drainages.

The giant panda’s unusual diet may be the result of human pressure
2nd February 2019 | economist.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Civilisation’s rise drove it into China’s bamboo forests.

A uniquely American tale of Native American resilience
2nd February 2019 | washingtonpost.com | Ancient, Humans

Paul Andrew Hutton is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. His latest book is “The Apache Wars.”

American colonisation killed so many people it triggered climate change, study suggests
2nd February 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

‘Genocide-generated drop in CO2’ resulted from abandoned farmland turning into forests that sucked climate-warming gas from atmosphere.

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