Ancient news stories

This 2,800-Year-Old Stele Tells A Bible Story From A Different Point Of View
20th May 2017 | | Ancient

As soon as you fit the words “Bible” and “history” into the same sentence, people start reacting. Most people are in one of two camps: either every word of the Bible is completely, literally true, or else the whole thing is a made-up fairy tale.

Tyrannosaurus Rex’s Bite Force Measured 8,000 Pounds, Scientists Say
19th May 2017 | | Ancient

The teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex have been called “killer bananas,” and a new study in the journal Scientific Reports shows just how hard those fearsome chompers could clamp down.

Fossil ‘winged serpent’ is a new species of ancient snake
19th May 2017 | | Ancient

An ancient sink hole in eastern Tennessee holds the clues to an important transitional time in the evolutionary history of snakes. Among the fossilized creatures found there, according to a new paper, is a new species of snake that lived 5 million years ago.

Related: A Rare Public Display of a 17th-Century Mayan Manuscript

Dinosaur asteroid hit ‘worst possible place’
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

It is becoming clear that the 15km-wide asteroid could not have hit a worse place on Earth.

The shallow sea covering the target site meant colossal volumes of sulphur (from the mineral gypsum) were injected into the atmosphere, extending the “global winter” period that followed the immediate firestorm.

Had the asteroid struck a different location, the outcome might have been very different.

Alt: If that asteroid had been 30 seconds late, dinosaurs might rule the world and humans probably wouldn’t exist

Ancient-genome study finds Bronze Age ‘Beaker culture’ invaded Britain
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

Around 4,500 years ago, a mysterious craze for bell-shaped pottery swept across prehistoric Europe. Archaeologists have debated the significance of the pots — artefacts that define the ‘Bell Beaker’ culture — for more than a century. Some argue that they were the Bronze Age’s hottest fashion, shared across different groups of people. But others see them as evidence for an immense migration of ‘Beaker folk’ across the continent.

Chaco Canyon’s ancient civilization continues to puzzle
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

Chaco Canyon is a land of extremes. Summer heat scorches the desert canyon, which is sandwiched between sandstone cliffs nearly two kilometers above sea level in New Mexico’s northwestern corner. Bitter cold sweeps in for winter. Temperatures can swing as many as 28 degrees Celsius during the course of a day.

The Antikythera mechanism is a 2,000-year-old computer
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

Exactly 115 years ago today, divers looking for sponges discovered the wreck of a 2,000-year-old vessel off the Greek island Antikythera. Scattered among the wreck’s treasures — beautiful vases and pots, jewelry, a bronze statue of an ancient philosopher — was the most peculiar thing: a series of brass gears and dials mounted in a case the size of a mantel clock.

Ancient Burial Chamber Uncovered in Egypt, With 17 Mummies … So Far
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

Archaeological workers in Egypt unearthed an ancient human burial site with at least 17 intact mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya, according to news agency reports.

40,000-year-old bracelet made by extinct human species found
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

In what is quite an amazing discovery, scientists have confirmed that a bracelet found in Siberia is 40,000 years old. This makes it the oldest piece of jewelry ever discovered, and archeologists have been taken aback by the level of its sophistication.

Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

Scientists unveiled the first evidence on Tuesday that early humans co-existed in Africa 300,000 years ago with a small-brained human-like species thought to already be extinct on the continent at that time.

Related: Did This Mysterious Ape-Human Once Live Alongside Our Ancestors?
Related: Possible human ancestor turns out to have shared Earth with us

Grassy beginning for earliest Homo
18th May 2017 | Ancient

In 2013, an ASU research team found the oldest known evidence of our own genus, Homo, at Ledi-Geraru in the lower Awash Valley of Ethiopia. A jawbone with teeth was dated to 2.8 million years ago, about 400,000 years earlier than previously known fossils of Homo. After the discovery, attention turned to reconstructing the environment of this ancient human ancestor to understand why there and why then.

Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?
18th May 2017 | | Ancient

The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries.

Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield have shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were domesticated to depend on humans.

Climate instability over the past 720,000 years
15th May 2017 | | Ancient, Earth

A research group formed by 64 researchers from the National Institute of Polar Research, the University of Tokyo, and other organizations analyzed atmospheric temperatures and dust for the past 720,000 years using an ice core obtained at Dome Fuji in Antarctica. Results indicate that when intermediate temperatures occurred within a glacial period, the climate was highly unstable and fluctuated.

36m-year-old fossil discovery is missing link in whale evolution, say researchers
15th May 2017 | | Ancient

Fossil hunters say they have unearthed a missing link in the evolution of baleen whales after digging up the remains of a creature thought to have lived more than 36 million years ago.

Rare dinosaur with preserved skin and bone-crushing tail found in Montana
15th May 2017 | Ancient

Named after Zuul from Ghostbusters, this ankylosaurid grew spines from its flesh

The armored beasts of the Cretaceous known as ankylosaurine dinosaurs don’t get as much love as the charismatic T. rex

Alt: ‘Rare as winning the lottery’: New dinosaur fossil so well-preserved it looks like a statue

Giant bird-like dinosaur species found in China: study
15th May 2017 | | Ancient

Researchers have discovered a new species of giant, bird-like dinosaur that made nests larger than monster truck tires in what is now central China, a study said.

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