Ancient news stories

Dogs lived and died with humans 10,000 years ago in the Americas
17th April 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A trio of dogs buried at two ancient human sites in Illinois lived around 10,000 years ago, making them the oldest known domesticated canines in the Americas.

Trellises not trees: Human populations have split, reformed and remixed over millennia
17th April 2018 geneticliteracyproject.org | Ancient, Humans

The ingrained notion – that there has only ever been one species of human being, Homo sapiens – is a latterday fiction born of our own self-important view of ourselves.

Mass extinction crisis triggered expansion of dinosaurs
16th April 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists show that the key expansion of dinosaurs was also triggered by a crisis – a mass extinction that happened 232 million years ago.

All of the World’s Yeast Probably Originated in China
16th April 2018 | theatlantic.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, yeast that lives in infected toenails—they all descended from a common ancestor.

How Indigenous Knowledge Is Transforming the March for Science
14th April 2018 | yesmagazine.org | Ancient, Humans

SACNAS has arranged for a number of Native and indigenous speakers at satellite marches across the country, all committed to engaging the power of both Western and indigenous science.

Kumara controversy: NZ scientists question study findings
14th April 2018 | nzherald.co.nz | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Matisoo-Smith and Knapp said there were well accepted and published protocols for the extraction and sequencing of ancient DNA, none of which appear to have been followed by these researchers.

Greek Art Goes Palaeolithic: Cretan Cave Art Includes an Animal Extinct for 11,000 Years
13th April 2018 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Apart from the deer, the team identified what they call “‘boat(s)’ and a ‘starburst’”, a series of cupules arranged in geometric patterns, paddle-shaped motifs and bow and arrow motifs.

Humans may have occupied Indonesian site Leang Burung 2 earlier than previously thought
13th April 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

In the newly-excavated lower levels of the deposit, researchers discovered and dated archaic cobble-based cores and flakes that indicate human occupation at the site at least 50,000 years ago.

Sweet potato migrated to Polynesia thousands of years before people did
13th April 2018 | nature.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans
Tuber’s travels deepen mystery about timing of first contact between people in Americas and the South Pacific.
Ancient Egyptian papyrus one of the first records of a man called out for sexual assault
13th April 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

A 3,000-year-old Egyptian text is being reassessed as one of the first records of a powerful man being accused of sexual assault.

Nubian Stone Tablets Unearthed in African ‘City of the Dead’
12th April 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

The inscriptions are written in the obscure ‘Meroitic’ language, the oldest known written language south of the Sahara, which has been only partly deciphered.

People in South East may be descended from Romans as study suggests invaders may have stayed in Britain
12th April 2018 | telegraph.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

A recent study by Harvard University found a strange genetic disparity emerged in south-east England around the Iron Age and Roman Period.

Have Archaeologists Discovered the Tomb of King Tut’s Wife? Maybe.
12th April 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

The deposits are located near the tomb of Ay (who reigned from 1327 B.C. to 1323 B.C.), a pharaoh who succeeded Tutankhamun (who reigned from 1336 B.C. to 1327 B.C.)

Native Americans Fighting Fossil Fuels
10th April 2018 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Ancient, Humans

Indigenous people are rejecting oil, coal and gas extraction in favor of renewable energy to save their land, increase employment and fight global warming.

First human migration out of Africa much more geographically widespread than previously thought
10th April 2018 | shh.mpg.de | Ancient, Humans

The first Homo sapiens fossil discovery from Saudi Arabia dates to 90,000 years ago during a time when the region’s deserts were replaced by grasslands.

An Archaeologist Says Parts of Stonehenge Were There Long Before Any Humans
10th April 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

If Heel Stone and Stone 16 were already placed, pointing at the solstice Sun, that could have given the site its significance for the people who lived nearby thousands of years ago.

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