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Ancient news stories
New research confirms theory about how great society collapsed 1,000 years ago
An enormous drought that swept across Mexico around 1,000 years ago triggered the demise of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations.
Theoretical research by an international team of physicists has discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza can concentrate electromagnetic energy in its internal chambers and under its base.
This will be Ohio’s first World Heritage Site, joining 1,000 others around the world, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge.
Our species’ ability to occupy diverse and ‘extreme’ settings around the world stands in stark contrast to the ecological adaptations of other hominin taxa, and may explain how our species became the last surviving hominin on the planet.
Today’s healthcare is full of technology that would seem like science fiction to our grandparents. But this is far from true in every area: some remain woefully neglected by innovation.
A child’s milk tooth, dating back to at least 560,000 years, was discovered in France. The tooth belongs to a sub-species of humans called Homo heidelbergensis.
The revelations were released by the University of Newcastle as part of the second stage of its online massacre map, which now covers frontier violence that occurred from 1788 to 1930.
Pre-Columbian indigenous hunters burned patches of grassland to stimulate new growth, which tempted bison herds and lured them in for the kill.
We’re less certain now about how long ago modern humans evolved, when people spread around the world, and how we co-existed with other hominids.
Cahokia was the largest prehistoric American Indian settlement north of Mexico. It’s known as “America’s first city,” and it is believed to have had a population larger than London in 1250.
In normal conditions the difference is unnoticeable, but the drought has brought the ancient monument into clear view.
The animal, a species of ankylosaur, lived in a wet, tropical environment in what’s now Southern Utah roughly 75 million years ago.
Most exhibits in this show, which features 102 artworks, could be read as critical commentary on European colonialists who arrived in Australia in 1788.