Ancient news stories

Who peopled South America? New ancient DNA study reveals continent’s first inhabitants
6th February 2019 | Ancient, Humans

Around 9,000 years ago Clovis-associated individuals were “almost completely replaced” by a population that now resembles modern day indigenous individuals in South America.

Scientists Have Found Hidden Evidence of Ancient Ice Streams in The African Desert
6th February 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

Once, about 300 million years ago, when southern Africa was joined at South America’s hip, this now arid region was covered in a wide expanse of glaciers.

Metal From Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Kills Cancer Cells When Blasted With Light
6th February 2019 | | Ancient

Iridium, a metal associated with the asteroid that ended the Cretaceous era can act like a stealth bomb, entering the nucleus of a cancer cell.

Britain broke off from Europe 450,000 years ago – and it made us the people we are today
6th February 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The defining features of our island shaped our history in ways we might not even understand.

Ancient desert tomb reveals 50 Egyptian mummies including 12 preserved children
5th February 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

The mummies were found inside four nine-metre deep burial chambers in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo.

A Mysterious Third Human Species Lived Alongside Neanderthals in This Cave
2nd February 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

While these relatives are extinct, their legacy lives on in the modern humans who carry fragments of their DNA and in the tiny artifacts and bones they left behind.

Ancient asteroid impacts played a role in creation of Earth’s future continents
2nd February 2019 | | Ancient, Space

The heavy bombardment of terrestrial planets by asteroids from space has contributed to the formation of the early evolved crust on Earth that later gave rise to continents.

New map of Beringia ‘opens your imagination’ to what landscape looked like 18,000 years ago
2nd February 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

Jeff Bond, a Yukon geologist, says this is the first time a map of Beringia has included lakes, rivers and drainages.

The giant panda’s unusual diet may be the result of human pressure
2nd February 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Civilisation’s rise drove it into China’s bamboo forests.

A uniquely American tale of Native American resilience
2nd February 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Paul Andrew Hutton is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. His latest book is “The Apache Wars.”

American colonisation killed so many people it triggered climate change, study suggests
2nd February 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

‘Genocide-generated drop in CO2’ resulted from abandoned farmland turning into forests that sucked climate-warming gas from atmosphere.

Fresh clues to the life and times of the Denisovans, a little-known ancient group of humans
31st January 2019 | Ancient, Humans

Two studies provide the first timeline for the Denisovan fossils and DNA, as well as the environments that the Denisovans experienced.

Humans colonized diverse environments in Southeast Asia and Oceania during the Pleistocene
31st January 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

New study reviews the palaeoecological information associated with hominin dispersals into Southeast Asia and Oceania throughout the Pleistocene.

Ancient Canadian quinoa suggests food globalized earlier than we thought
28th January 2019 | Ancient, Humans

Just as 21st-century Americans can visit a grocery store stocked with citrus grown in Florida and quinoa from South America, ancient people may have looked beyond what grew locally for dinner.

Modern Humans Reached Spain Earlier Than Thought
28th January 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Discovery of advanced tools in Malaga thousands of years before modern humans were thought to be there may not be that odd: Humans in North Africa 300,000 years ago could see Spain from their porch

Decade-Long Restoration of Tutankhamun’s Tomb Finally Concludes
28th January 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Conservators stabilized famed crypt’s wall paintings, introduced viewing platforms and barriers designed to limit visitor access to fragile areas

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