Ancient news stories

Smoking Gun: Fifty years of study by Bill Napier et al. vindicated in new paper
14th October 2021 cosmictusk.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

A comprehensive study of the Taurid meteor stream released last week confirms a central understanding of astronomer Dr. Bill Napier and the Comet Research Group, which was incorporated into the YDI hypothesis from the start in 2007

Popular theory of Native American origins debunked by genetics and skeletal biology
13th October 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A widely accepted theory of Native American origins coming from Japan has been attacked in a new scientific study, which shows that the genetics and skeletal biology “simply does not match-up”.

Mysterious Text Suggests Europeans Knew of America Long Before Columbus Set Sail
13th October 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Exactly how and when people settled in North America is a topic of much fascination for experts, and now a new analysis of ancient documents is shedding light on some lesser known details of this long-contested timeline.

Mars scientists now know where to look for life
11th October 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Space

The researchers are sure now they’ve sent the robot to a location that provides the best possible opportunity to find signs of ancient life.

Oldest footprints of pre-humans identified in Crete
11th October 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The oldest known footprints of pre-humans were found on the Mediterranean island of Crete and are at least six million years old, says an international team of researchers…

A Grim ‘Huge Extinction Event’ Happened 30 Million Years Ago, And We Only Just Noticed
11th October 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The close of the Eocene roughly 33 million years ago marks a time of great change on Earth. In a slow reversal of what we’re seeing today, temperatures dropped and glaciers stretched their icy fingers towards the equator.

Would we still see ourselves as ‘human’ if other hominin species hadn’t gone extinct?
7th October 2021 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans

In our mythologies, there’s often a singular moment when we became “human”. Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge and gained awareness of good and evil. Prometheus created men from clay and gave them fire. But in the modern origin story, evolution, there’s no defining moment of creation. Instead, humans emerged gradually, generation by generation, from earlier species.

Study suggests earliest use of bone tools to produce clothing in Morocco 120,000 years ago
7th October 2021 news.asu.edu | Ancient, Humans

Dating from 120,000 to 90,000 years ago, the bone tools were found in association with carnivore remains that showed signs of skinning for furs and pelts.

7,000-year-old Indonesian woman reshapes views on early humans
7th October 2021 | aljazeera.com | Ancient, Humans

Research on remains provides first clue that mixing between early humans in Indonesia and Siberia happened earlier than previously thought.

Study of prior research suggests there is a swarm of large asteroids hidden in the Taurid complex
7th October 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Space

A pair of space scientists, one with the University of Antioquia, the other the University of Salento, has found evidence of a swarm of large asteroids hidden in the Taurid complex.

Late persistence of human ancestors at the margins of the monsoon in India
5th October 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

New research led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has re-examined a key Acheulean site at the margins of the monsoon zone in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, revealing the presence of Acheulean populations until about 177,000 years ago, shortly before the earliest expansions of Homo sapiens across Asia.

We Just Got Closer to Pinpointing a Major Moment in Earth’s Evolutionary History
5th October 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

For the vast majority of animals on Earth, breath is synonymous with life. Yet for the first 2 billion years of our planet’s existence, oxygen was in scarce supply.

Karahan Tepe
3rd October 2021 | facebook.com | Ancient, Humans

Graham Hancock: In late 2020 I returned to the enigmatic site of Karahan Tepe (near the more famous site of Gobekli Tepe) in Anatolia, Turkey, to research the mind-blowing new excavations underway there (my previous visit to Karahan Tepe, described in my book Magicians of the Gods, was in 2014 when the site was largely unexcavated)…

Photos by Santha Faiia

Decoding the secrets of a forgotten human history during the Pleistocene
2nd October 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

An international team of researchers has discovered the first fossilised bone from a Pleistocene-era human in Wallacea, the cluster of Indonesian islands, including Lombok, Sulaewsi, Timor and Sumba, that were the likely seafaring gateway for the first humans to populate Australia.

Russian expedition finds evidence of northernmost Stone Age hunters above the Arctic Circle
2nd October 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Ancient cut marks on mammoth bones unearthed on a remote island in the frozen extremes of Siberia are the northernmost evidence of Paleolithic humans ever found, according to archaeologists.

Swarm of Near-Earth Comets Linked to Recent Ice Giant Breakup
1st October 2021 | discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

The findings are welcomed by supporters of cometary catastrophe theories from Earth’s history.

Paper found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com

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