Ancient news stories

Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.

Neanderthal groups more closely related than we thought
28th June 2019 | Ancient, Humans

DNA coaxed from 120,000-year-old Neanderthal fossils suggests that early Neanderthals from Western Europe and later Neanderthals from Siberia were closely related.

A Pre-Inca Technology Could Answer Lima’s Water Woes
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Lima, Peru’s capital, is running dangerously low on water, but archaeology may provide an answer in the form of a system of water storage developed by the area’s indigenous people 1,400 years ago.

‘Lost City’ Hidden in Rainforest Reveals Treasure Trove of Rare And Unknown Creatures
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Doubts have swirled around disputed archaeological ‘discoveries’ of this La Ciudad Blanca, but one fact is finally clear: this rich environment, mythical or not, harbours a unique ecosystem of animal life.

Ancient Campfire Remains Hold Oldest-Known Remains of Humans Cooking Starches
24th June 2019 | Ancient, Humans

Small pieces of charred tubers found at the Klasies River site in South Africa date back 120,000 years, making them the earliest-known evidence of H. sapiens cooking carbs.

A Mystery of Peru’s Nazca Lines Has Been Unraveled by Ornithology
21st June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A crucial realization was that the birds in the geoglyphs are not naturally found near the locations of the lines. Hermits, for example, live on the eastern slope of the Andes and in the north near Ecuador.

Dark centers of chromosomes reveal ancient DNA
20th June 2019 | Ancient, Humans

The results open new ways to study both how chromosomes behave during cell division and how they have changed during human evolution.

Bone-Crushing Hyenas Lived in Canada’s Arctic During the Last Ice Age
20th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

The big finding — that ancient hyenas lived in the North American Arctic — is based on two tiny teeth, which archaeologists found in Canada’s northern Yukon Territory.

20th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

The size of the first population of people needed to arrive, survive, and thrive in what is now Australia is revealed in two studies published today.

Massive Sphinx of Ramses II Sees Daylight for First Time in Nearly 100 Years
15th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

An enormous stone sphinx representing the pharaoh Ramses II has spent nearly a century in the Egypt Gallery of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia
15th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

The estimated levels of THC in these samples were higher than wild cannabis would normally produce, suggesting intentional cultivation of the plant for its psychoactive powers.

12,000-Year-Old ‘Headless’ Horse Engraving Discovered in France
15th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Geometric decorations surround the animals on the sandstone engraving, a telltale sign that whoever made them was part of the Azilian industry.

Ancient asteroid crater located off coast of Scotland
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Space object about a mile wide believed to have crashed into Earth around 1.2bn years ago.

Egypt tries to stop sale of Tutankhamun statue in London
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Officials fear bust of pharaoh might have been looted from Karnak temple in Luxor.

Ancient DNA from Roman and medieval grape seeds reveal ancestry of wine making
12th June 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A grape variety still used in wine production in France today can be traced back 900 years to just one ancestral plant, scientists have discovered.

Ancient Plants Shake Up Scientists’ Understanding of Evolution
12th June 2019 | | Ancient, Earth

An ancient, cosmopolitan lineage of plants is shaking up scientists’ understanding of how quickly species evolve in temperate ecosystems and why.

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