Ancient news stories

Mexico archaeologists reveal tale of cannibalism and reprisal from conquest
19th January 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

A convoy of Spaniards and allies was ritually sacrificed in 1520 at Tecoaque – ‘the place where they ate them’ – before Hernán Cortés wreaked revenge.

Astronomers may have detected background ripples in spacetime itself
18th January 2021 newatlas.com | Ancient, Space

The gravitational waves we’ve detected so far have been like tsunamis in the spacetime sea, but it’s believed that gentle ripples should also pervade the universe. Now, a 13-year survey of light from pulsars scattered across the galaxy may have revealed the first hints of these background signals.

Image from: https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA24036 (Wiki Commons)

Scientists identify contents of ancient Maya drug containers
18th January 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time.

Teeth pendants speak of the elk’s prominent status in the Stone Age
15th January 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Roughly 8,200 years ago, the island of Yuzhniy Oleniy Ostrov in Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia, housed a large burial ground where men, women and children of varying ages were buried.

Beyond DNA: How proteins let us get up close and personal to our ancient relatives
15th January 2021 | sciencefocus.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Palaeoproteomics, a new technology that studies the proteins of ancient remains, is shaking up history. Not only can we now peer further back in time, but the technique is also letting us see our past in a new way.

Image from: MAKY.OREL (Wiki Commons)

Ancestry of Mariana Islanders linked to Philippines — study
15th January 2021 cnnphilippines.com | Ancient, Humans

A study of two ancient skeletons recovered from Guam indicates that the early settlers of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific may have originated from the Philippines.

Astronomers Find an Astonishing ‘Super-Earth’ That’s Nearly as Old as The Universe
14th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

Around one of the galaxy’s oldest stars, an orange dwarf named TOI-561 just 280 light-years away, astronomers have found three orbiting exoplanets – one of which is a rocky world 1.5 times the size of Earth, whipping around the star on a breakneck 10.5-hour orbit.

Here’s what we know sex with Neanderthals was like
14th January 2021 | bbc.com | Ancient, Humans
Scientists know a surprising amount about the titillating episode in human history when our species got together, including whether we kissed and the nature of their sexual organs.
Dire wolves were real—and even stranger than we thought
14th January 2021 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

A study of extinct dire wolf DNA reveals surprises, including that the carnivores, made famous as fictional pets in Game of Thrones, weren’t closely related to wolves.

Image from: Flickr: Dire Wolf Skeleton (Wiki Commons)

45,500-year-old rock painting of pigs in Indonesia is the oldest-known art depicting real, recognisable objects
14th January 2021 | abc.net.au | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

More than 45,500 years ago, perched on a ledge at the back of an Indonesian cave, an artist was at work.

Fossils shed light on puzzle that vexed Darwin
13th January 2021 | ed.ac.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Remarkably well-preserved fossils are helping scientists unravel a mystery about the origins of early animals that puzzled Charles Darwin.

For The First Time, Astronomers May Have Heard The Background ‘Hum’ of The Universe
13th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

Based on what we know about gravitational waves, the Universe should be full of them. Every colliding pair of black holes or neutron stars, every core-collapse supernova – even the Big Bang itself – should have sent ripples ringing across spacetime.

Statue of mysterious woman with ‘Star Wars’-like headdress found in Mexico
13th January 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

A 500-year-old statue of a mysterious woman wearing a large, “Star Wars”-like headdress has been discovered in central Mexico, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Meipu teeth shed light on the human settlement of Asia
13th January 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Researchers at CENIEH, have participated in a study published in the Journal of Human Evolution, on one of the few human fossils known from late Early Pleistocene China…

Young tools rewrite old history
11th January 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

Scientists have uncovered the youngest known Middle Stone Age tools in modern-day Senegal, on the west coast of Africa, dated to as recently as 11,000 years ago.

How did crocodiles survive asteroid strike which wiped out the dinosaurs? New study offers insight
10th January 2021 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Having survived the meteor impact that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago, crocodiles are one of the most resilient animals on Earth.

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