Ancient news stories

Mounting Evidence Suggests People First Came to North America by Boat
30th August 2019 | insidescience.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Artifacts found in Idaho support theory that humans reached the Americas before a land route to Asia existed.

Oldest Parasite DNA Yet Recorded Found in Prehistoric Puma Poo
29th August 2019 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Coprolite reveals felines in southern Andes had roundworm 17,000 years ago, long before humans got there.

Incan Empire’s ‘Reign of Terror’ Revealed in Four Ancient Skulls Found in Trash Heap
29th August 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

The skulls paint a picture of an Incan reign of terror, in which the heads of four villagers were put on display as a warning to inhabitants.

An Iranian Cave, a Neanderthal Tooth, and an Ice Age Murder Mystery
29th August 2019 | atlasobscura.com | Ancient, Humans

Analysis of a decades-old discovery in a remote mountain cave has confirmed suspicions that Neanderthals once roamed in modern-day Iran, expanding the range of our thick-browed cousins.

In Watershed Discovery, Skull of Ancient Human Ancestor Unearthed
29th August 2019 uk.reuters.com | Ancient, Humans

Scientists announced the landmark discovery in Ethiopia of a nearly complete skull of an early human ancestor that lived 3.8 million years ago, a species boasting an intriguing mixture of apelike and humanlike characteristics.

Siberian Puppy Frozen in Permafrost for 14,300 Years Gives Scientists Major RNA Breakthrough
27th August 2019 siberiantimes.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Tech

The puppy found preserved in permafrost in Tumat in 2015 was either a wolf or a domesticated wolf-dog hybrid. In other words, this Pleistocene canid may have been an ancient pet.

Small Skulls Point to Human Migration Highway to Australia
27th August 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The two skulls, dated between 12,000 and 17,000 years old, are the oldest human remains ever found in Wallacea—the islands between Java, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Peru’s Ancient Water Systems Can Help Protect Communities from Shortages Caused by Climate Change
27th August 2019 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The government’s preference for modern engineering meant that it missed an opportunity to engage with traditional technologies and local knowledge. Yet traditional technologies have been providing flexible ways to manage water in Huashao for hundreds of years.

Physicists discover hidden text in what was thought to be blank Egyptian papyri
27th August 2019 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Their analysis revealed that a seemingly blank patch on the papyrus actually contained characters written in what had become “invisible ink” after centuries of exposure to light.

Ancient Skeletons with Alien-Like Heads Unearthed in Croatia
27th August 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Artificial cranial deformation has been practiced in various parts of the world.

Can DNA solve the mystery of Europe’s pointy skulls?
22nd August 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | 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 | heritagedaily.com | 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 | washingtonpost.com | 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 | space.com | 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 siberiantimes.com | 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 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

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

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