Ancient news stories

Massive Sphinx of Ramses II Sees Daylight for First Time in Nearly 100 Years
15th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

An enormous stone sphinx representing the pharaoh Ramses II has spent nearly a century in the Egypt Gallery of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia
15th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

The estimated levels of THC in these samples were higher than wild cannabis would normally produce, suggesting intentional cultivation of the plant for its psychoactive powers.

12,000-Year-Old ‘Headless’ Horse Engraving Discovered in France
15th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Geometric decorations surround the animals on the sandstone engraving, a telltale sign that whoever made them was part of the Azilian industry.

Ancient asteroid crater located off coast of Scotland
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Space object about a mile wide believed to have crashed into Earth around 1.2bn years ago.

Egypt tries to stop sale of Tutankhamun statue in London
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Officials fear bust of pharaoh might have been looted from Karnak temple in Luxor.

Ancient DNA from Roman and medieval grape seeds reveal ancestry of wine making
12th June 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A grape variety still used in wine production in France today can be traced back 900 years to just one ancestral plant, scientists have discovered.

Ancient Plants Shake Up Scientists’ Understanding of Evolution
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

An ancient, cosmopolitan lineage of plants is shaking up scientists’ understanding of how quickly species evolve in temperate ecosystems and why.

Closest-known ancestor of today’s Native Americans found in Siberia
11th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

A woman known as Kolyma1, who lived in northeastern Siberia about 10,000 years ago, shares about two-thirds of her genome with living Native Americans.

Why humans (or something very similar) may have been destined to walk the Earth
11th June 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

What would happen if the hands of time were turned back to an arbitrary point in our evolutionary history and we restarted the clock?

Ancient molecules reveal surprising details on origins of ‘bizarre’ sloths
11th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The studies suggest a land bridge connected the West Indies with South America 30 million years ago, allowing the slow-moving animals to reach the islands.

DNA from 31,000-year-old milk teeth leads to discovery of new group of ancient Siberians
6th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Two children’s milk teeth buried deep in a remote archaeological site in north eastern Siberia have revealed a previously unknown group of people lived there during the last Ice Age.

Fingerprint study upends ideas about ‘women’s work’ in ancient America
5th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists just assumed that women made the pottery at Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago. Then they started thinking like cops—and things got interesting.

60,000 years of traditional aboriginal medicine touches the spirit of Katungul
5th June 2019 | Ancient, Humans

The Aboriginal woman whose healing power is described as ‘a miracle’ comes from a long family lineage of healers.

Ancient DNA Tells Story Of First Herders And Farmers In East Africa
4th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

A collaborative study led by archaeologists, geneticists and museum curators is providing answers to previously unsolved questions about life in sub-Saharan Africa thousands of years ago.

In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography
4th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents.

Cave debris may be the oldest known example of people eating starch
4th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Charred material found in South Africa suggests humans digested starch long before farming.

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