Ancient news stories

The Problem with Ice Age Overkill
8th October 2018 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The question of what happened to our Ice Age megafauna does not fall under the purview of a single discipline. It’s a mystery at the intersection of various sciences.

Humans Having Sex With Neanderthals Gave Us Protection Against Ancient Viral Epidemics
8th October 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Stanford University researchers have identified DNA sequences that evolved in our ancient cousins can produce antivirus proteins, which more than likely gave some human populations the edge they needed to survive.

Ancient Teeth With Neanderthal Features Reveal New Chapters of Human Evolution
8th October 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The 450,000-year-old teeth, discovered on the Italian Peninsula, are helping anthropologists piece together the hominid family tree.

Cuisine of early farmers revealed by analysis of proteins in pottery from Çatalhöyük
4th October 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Using this new approach, a team of researchers has determined that vessels from this early farming site in central Anatolia, in what is now Turkey, contained cereals, legumes, dairy products and meat.

Ancient Teeth With Neanderthal Features Reveal New Chapters of Human Evolution
4th October 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans

The 450,000-year-old teeth, discovered on the Italian Peninsula, are helping anthropologists piece together the hominid family tree

The Game-Changing Technique Behind an Amazing New Archaeological Discovery
4th October 2018 | theatlantic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Using a drill, scientists extract a tiny chip from each bone, treat it with chemicals that pull out collagen, use an enzyme that cuts the collagen into pieces, and weigh those pieces with a mass spectrometer.

Stone Engravings of Famous Warrior Pharaoh Found in Ancient Egyptian Temple
4th October 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Stone engravings found in a temple in southern Egypt may reveal new information about Seti I, who launched a series of military campaigns in North Africa and the Middle East after he became pharaoh in about 1289 or 1288 B.C.

Possible Evidence of World’s Oldest Fishing Nets Unearthed in Korea
3rd October 2018 | hakaimagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

Stone sinkers dated to 29,000 years ago are evidence of ancient fishing technology—but some archaeologists have doubts.

Xinhua Headlines: Mysterious female pottery face sends 7,300 year-old smile
3rd October 2018 | xinhuanet.com | Ancient, Humans

A mysterious piece of pottery shaped as a female head sends a smile from 7,300 years ago, as its host museum in east China’s Anhui Province starts a global naming bid for the ancient relic.

An ancient virus may promote addiction in modern people
3rd October 2018 | economist.com | Ancient, Humans

Precisely what the retrovirus now known as HERV-K HML-2 (HK2) did 30m years ago, when it first infected some primates whose descendants would eventually come to be called human beings, remains a mystery.

Scientists Can Now Peek Inside Mummies in a Whole New Way
2nd October 2018 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A revved-up version of traditional CT scanning shows it’s possible to acquire microscopic-scale images of ancient Egyptian mummies, revealing previously unseen features such as blood vessels and nerves.

Ancient Catacombs On Malta Reveal Christians, Jews, And Pagans Were Buried Together
2nd October 2018 | forbes.com | Ancient, Humans

Malta has always been a way-station on journeys between Africa and southern Europe, with extraordinary diversity in its past and current inhabitants.

Skull-shaped ‘Great Pumpkin’ asteroid to fly past Earth after Halloween
2nd October 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Space

Extinct comet classified as potentially hazardous because of its size and proximity to our planet.

Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years
2nd October 2018 | ucl.ac.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Humans did not accelerate the decline of the ‘Green Sahara’ and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by around 500 years, according to new research led by UCL.

Prehistoric art hints at lost Indian civilisation
2nd October 2018 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of rock carvings believed to be tens of thousands of years old in India’s western state of Maharashtra has greatly excited archaeologists who believe they hold clues to a previously unknown civilisation.

Neanderthals Used Their Hands for Precision, Not Just Power
28th September 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Neanderthals have long been associated with brutish behavior, but a new study adds to the growing body of literature that challenges this stereotype.

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