Ancient news stories

Can DNA solve the mystery of Europe’s pointy skulls?
22nd August 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

A new genomic study tries to see if there’s a correlation between artificial cranial deformation and migration following the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Rise of dinosaurs linked to increasing oxygen levels
22nd August 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have found that increasing oxygen levels are linked to the rise of North American dinosaurs around 215 M years ago.

New tour app seeks to correct the Native American narrative in the nation’s capital
22nd August 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

The Guide to Indigenous DC app, which now has more than 600 downloads, takes users on a nine-mile self-guided tour of 17 city sites connected to Native American history.

America’s Largest Asteroid Impact Left a Trail of Destruction Across the Eastern United States
20th August 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

America’s largest impact crater wreaked havoc on the land and water. Scientists are just beginning to understand it.

Did Denisovans usher in the Stone Age in Mongolia?
20th August 2019 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Palaeolithic sites Tolbor-4 and Tolbor-16 may prove a missing link in the map of these ancient hominins.

The five: surprising talents of the Neanderthals
20th August 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Embracing the arts as well as sports, they were masters of many different and complex disciplines.

Humans migrated to Mongolia much earlier than previously believed
20th August 2019 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Stone tools uncovered in Mongolia indicate that modern humans traveled across the Eurasian steppe about 45,000 years ago – about 10,000 years earlier than previously believed.

In search of Circe: How scientists found the grotto of the nymph from the Odyssey
20th August 2019 | Ancient, Humans

According to Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, the sorceress invited Odysseus back to her home in a secret cave. Now scientists claim to have found it.

During the last ice age, humans in Africa lived in the mountains
12th August 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The researchers found that humans settled higher up in the mountains earlier than previously realized and lived in the region for more extended periods as well during the Middle Pleistocene Epoch.

Fossil find reveals that the world’s largest parrot was over three feet tall
8th August 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life

Heracles inexpectatus lived in New Zealand 19 million years ago. It was over three feet tall and weighed greater than 15 kilos.

Explorers to sail ancient Black Sea route on reed boat Abora IV
7th August 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An international team of archaeologists and explorers is preparing to set sail on a reed boat, hoping to prove that Greek аrgonauts were not the first to trade on the Black Sea.

Recursive Language and Modern Imagination were Acquired Simultaneously 70,000 Years Ago
6th August 2019 | Ancient, Humans

A genetic mutation that slowed down the development of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in two or more children may have triggered a cascade of events leading to acquisition of recursive language and modern imagination 70,000 years ago.

Neanderthals Should Join Homo Sapiens on the Family Tree
1st August 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

The term “Homo sapiens” is no longer working so well. Neither is the closely related term, “modern humans,” used to describe us and fossils of long-dead people who looked something like us.

The Mesoamerican attraction to magnetism
1st August 2019 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Study suggests they both understood the phenomenon and had uses for it.

Divers Uncover Ancient Temple Submerged Within The ‘Egyptian Atlantis’
1st August 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

It’s been estimated that only about 5 percent of the city has so far been revealed.

RNA recovered and sequenced from 14,000-year-old mummified wolf
1st August 2019 | Ancient, Animal Life

Sample from an ancient canid gives a first look at the new field of paleo-transcriptomics.

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