Ancient news stories

What can oceans tell us about the end of the dinosaurs?
20th January 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

An asteroid did do the deed, study suggests, then volcanism shaped life in its aftermath.

Sorbonne experts confirm fossilized skull found in Iran belongs to Homo sapiens
20th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

A team of researches and archaeologists from the Sorbonne University has confirmed a fragment of a fossilized skull, which had been found in an Iranian cave, belongs to Homo sapiens, the only extant human species.

In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes
17th January 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.

How the dinosaur-killing asteroid primed Earth for modern life
17th January 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Marine die-offs after the impact may have created opportunities for the life that survived around the globe, new data reveal.

New Discovery In Ancient Egyptian Art Reveals a Sophisticated Understanding of the Brain and its Role in Consciousness
17th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

A significant discovery might forever change our picture of the distant past, and our estimation of how intelligent our ancient ancestors were.

Story of ancient wonder Göbeklitepe to be adapted into opera work
16th January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

Turkey’s State Opera and Ballet will present audiences with the story of the mysterious 12,000-year-old site of Göbeklitepe in an operatic form on Feb. 19.

Neanderthals ‘dived in the ocean’ for shellfish
16th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

New data suggests that our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals may have been diving under the ocean for clams. It adds to mounting evidence that the old picture of these ancient people as brutish and unimaginative is wrong.

Infectious disease defenses among ancient hominid contributions to adaptation of modern humans
16th January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

During the past decade, our human evolutionary tree has turned into something more resembling an unwieldy bush.

In Russia’s Far North, a Lone Group of Neanderthals May Have Been the Last of Their Kind
15th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

Near the Arctic Circle, a group of Neanderthals may have persisted for thousands of years after the rest of their species disappeared.

800,000 Years Ago, a Meteor Slammed Into Earth. Scientists Just Found the Crater.
15th January 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

About 790,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into Earth with such force that the explosion blanketed about 10% of the planet with shiny black lumps of rocky debris.

7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth
15th January 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Scientists recently identified the oldest material on Earth: stardust that’s 7 billion years old, tucked away in a massive, rocky meteorite that struck our planet half a century ago.

6 Incredible Facts About the Prehistoric Altamira Cave Paintings
15th January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

When we think of what life must have been like in prehistoric times, we don’t often leave much space to consider the art these people may have left behind.

15 Buried Archaeological Sites That Were Only Discovered Recently
15th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

New archaeological discoveries are being found in almost every part of the world. And thanks to new and improved technologies, these ancient discoveries are being found quicker than before.

Gold bar found in Mexico was Aztec treasure
12th January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

A gold bar found in a Mexico City park in 1981 was part of the Aztec treasure looted by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors 500 years ago, a new study says.

Team to re-scan Great Pyramid of Giza to pinpoint hidden chamber
11th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Japanese researchers plan to bombard the Great Pyramid of Giza outside Cairo with cosmic rays to confirm if there is a mysterious internal “chamber” that a previous survey detected.

New research shows Neanderthals liked to spend summer in southern Spain
10th January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

A footprint found in Gibraltar not only indicates that the hominoids had found a sanctuary in the south of the Iberian peninsula, it also throws into question when they became extinct.

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