Ancient news stories

Cataclysm, Mass Extinctions, and the Consequent Myths
5th December 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

None of the mainstream theories which attempt to account for these great extinctions are entirely satisfactory.

Early humans domesticated themselves, new genetic evidence suggests
5th December 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

When humans started to tame dogs, cats, sheep, and cattle, they may have continued a tradition that started with a completely different animal: us.

Denisovans, A Mysterious Kind Of Ancient Humans, Are Traced To Tibet
3rd December 2019 | Ancient, Humans

The jawbone of a little-known form of ancient human has been discovered in western China. Scientists say these people lived as long as 150,000 years ago, and they were part of a group called Denisovans.

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders
3rd December 2019 | Ancient, Humans

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.

Study: Humans and Climate Change Drove Australian Megafauna to Extinction
3rd December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Ancient Australia’s super-sized animals, the megafauna, became extinct about 42,000 years ago, but the role of humans in their demise has been debated for decades.

Mummified Pup Died in Siberia 18,000 Years Ago … And Might Be a Wolf (or Something Else)
3rd December 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A young pup that spent 18,000 years buried in Siberian permafrost looks remarkably lifelike and pettable — for a freeze-dried mummy.

3rd December 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

An ancient and mysterious tomb has been shown from space in an image taken with NASA’s Terra satellite.

Belfast’s Prof Fitzsimmons calls for help from amateur astronomers
3rd December 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons is calling for amateur astronomers to help a multinational space mission which could ultimately help save Earth.

Research unravels mystery of how early animals survived ice age
3rd December 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

How did life survive the most severe ice age? A McGill University-led research team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball Earth.

Ancient Earth Rocks Give Clues About Life on Mars
3rd December 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Research which suggests that structures previously thought to be fossils may, in fact, be mineral deposits could save future Mars missions valuable time and resources.

Infrared images reveal hidden tattoos on Egyptian mummies
2nd December 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Modern technology is illuminating tattoos on mummified, ancient Egyptians that until now had gone unnoticed.

Antarctica: Metal meteorite quest set to get under way
2nd December 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

A team of British scientists has arrived in the Antarctic to try to find the continent’s “missing meteorites”.

2nd December 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

The ancestors of Inuits in North America brought their own dogs with them when they migrated from Alaska and Siberia, introducing sledging to the Arctic region.

Archaeologists tie ancient bones to a revolt chronicled on the Rosetta Stone
2nd December 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

The skeleton provides a rare glimpse into an uprising around 2,200 years ago.

3,500-year-old skull and femur found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa in breakthrough discovery
2nd December 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have made a breakthrough discovery in central Anatolia from an ancient civilization that cremated and hid its dead.

Neanderthal Extinction Caused by Inbreeding and Smallness of Their Populations, Study Suggests
2nd December 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

A long-standing enigma in paleoanthropology is the demise of Neanderthals about 40,000 years ago.

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