Ancient news stories

Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today
24th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Studies show that traditional uses of the landscape should be valued highly, and that Amazonian communities can support themselves without extensive deforestation.

Gene linked to breastfeeding may have boosted survival of earliest Americans
24th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Native Americans and Asians carry a version of the gene that is linked to thicker hair shafts, more sweat glands, and shovel-shaped incisors.

As marijuana goes mainstream, what’s happening to the way we talk about weed?
23rd April 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

As a once-illicit drug becomes folded into the mainstream, so does the language used to describe it.

Human-like walking mechanics evolved before the genus Homo
23rd April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A study of 3.6 million year old hominin footprints discovered in Tanzania suggests our ancestors evolved the trait of extended leg, human-like bipedalism much earlier than previously thought.

Dalai Lama says include ancient Indian traditions in education system
23rd April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The greatness of the Indian civilisation is its spiritual brotherhood and harmony, he said, adding that it has produced the greatest philosophical thinkers and preachers who gave rise to Nalanda Buddhism.

Holey cow! Evidence of Stone Age veterinary ‘surgery’
21st April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

A hole in the skull of a Stone Age cow was likely made by humans about 5,000 years ago, probably by a veterinarian or trainee surgeon.

4,500 Newly Discovered Fragments Help Piece Together Massive Psamtik I Statue
21st April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers at a Egyptian-German excavation have puzzled together new information about the statue after discovering 4,500 more of its fragments.

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans
20th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Humans may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size — by way of extinction — at least 90,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Controversial Fountain Showing Armed White Settler and Native American Will Be Removed and Preserved
20th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The Kalamazoo fountain, built in 1940, has been called “horrendous,” “a monument to mistreatment,” and “evil.”

Archaeologists discover Cornish barrow site
20th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The site dates back to around 2,000 BC and was discovered when an archaeologist was conducting geophysical surveys of a known site outside the village of Looe in Cornwall and was approached by a farmer about a possible site in a neighbouring field.


An Alternative History of Greek Pottery Makes Women the Equals of Men
20th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Mary Frances Dondelinger creates bowls, vases, and statues that masquerade as the relics of a previously undiscovered civilization.

South Asians are descended from a mix of farmers, herders, and hunter-gatherers, ancient DNA reveals
20th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Nearly all of the Indian subcontinent’s ethnic and linguistic groups are the product of three ancient Eurasian populations who met and mixed: local hunter-gatherers, Middle Eastern farmers, and Central Asian herders

How Would We Know If Intelligent Life Existed on Earth Before Humans?
20th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech, Weird

Industrial civilizations might have been around long before human ones ever existed — not just around other stars, but even on Earth itself.

How Mice May Have Saved Jerusalem 2,700 Years Ago From the Terrifying Assyrians
18th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The entire region quailed before King Sennacherib, known for horribly torturing rebel monarchs, but he didn’t kill King Hezekiah. Inquiring minds have been asking why ever since.

Meteorite’s diamonds tell of Earth’s baby sister, which died young
18th April 2018 | Ancient, Space

They may be from a Mercury-sized body obliterated during Solar System formation.

First Europeans survived climate change following ‘super-eruption’ by working together, say archaeologists
17th April 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Notably, some of the flint being used by the prehistoric Ligurians had its origins hundreds of kilometres away.

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