Ancient news stories

Chemists Find New Evidence That Life Might Have Started in Space
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

There’s an increasingly confident group of researchers that think life emerged in space, and evidence published in the Journal of Chemical Physics on Tuesday provides support for their daring hypothesis.

Skye High Impact: Geologists in Scotland Discover a 60-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Strike
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Geologists exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland’s Isle of Skye found something out-of-this-world instead: ejecta from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact.

512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Researchers have found an ancient shark in North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world.

Face of Ancient Queen Revealed for First Time
14th December 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Centuries after a noblewoman lived and died in Peru, scientists have reconstructed her face in stunning 3-D.

Scientists want to explore the Great Pyramid of Giza with … a micro-blimp?
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers are currently developing a blimp-like exploration robot, designed to squeeze through a tiny 1.5-inch hole, before unfolding and inflating itself to look around.

‘Ram Setu’ exists, is man-made, claims promo on US TV channel
14th December 2017 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The spotlight is back on the mythological ‘Ram Setu’ between India and Sri Lanka, after a show on the Science Channel in the US hinted that such a structure may actually exist outside of mythology.

Ancient mummy found to have bone cancer
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The mummified man, nicknamed “Hen” lived around 2,000 years ago, but he was just recently given a full CT scan at the Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Why are palaeontologists suing Trump?
13th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Proposed radical cuts to US National Monuments threaten America’s unique fossil heritage – but the palaeontologists are fighting back.

Giant ancient penguin was human-size
13th December 2017 | Ancient, Animal Life

The Paleocene penguin was no cute Chilly Willy, according to skeletal remains discovered in New Zealand and discussed Tuesday in the journal, ‘Nature Communications’.

Dracula ticks in amber tell ancient blood-sucking tale
13th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Weird

Parasites similar to modern ticks have been found inside pieces of amber from Myanmar dating back 99 million years. One is entangled with a dinosaur feather, another is swollen with blood, and two were in a dinosaur nest.

Watching this newborn island erode could tell us a lot about Mars
12th December 2017 | | Ancient, Space

Finding similar erosion patterns on Mars’ volcanoes could help researchers understand whether the eruptions occurred in an ocean that’s now vanished.

Discovery in 12,000-Year-Old Grave Shows Not All Ancient Fishers Were Men
12th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest fish hooks found in a grave, and they’re challenging the idea that most of the fishing work in the Indonesian region thousands of years ago was only carried out by men.

Science Proves Yoga Has An Incredible Impact On Resilience
11th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

The results of a long-term study out of the University of Cincinnati point to yet another reason to adopt a regular yoga practice: It can help with positive coping mechanisms and long-term resilience.

Archaeologists discover two ancient tombs in Egypt’s Luxor
10th December 2017 | Ancient, Humans

A cartouche carved on the ceiling bears the name of King Thutmose I of the early 18th dynasty, the ministry said.

World’s scientists turn to Asia and Australia to rewrite human history
8th December 2017 | Ancient, Humans

The speed at which new and astounding discoveries are being made in Australasia has effectively turned the focus of many human evolution researchers from the old bastions of Africa and Eurasia, much further east.

8th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

An archaeologist in Turkey, tipped off by rumors of treasure hunting in the country’s east, has found an ancient settlement, perhaps up to 3,000 years old, dating from the days of the ancient Middle Eastern kingdom of Urartu.

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