Ancient news stories
New research using ancient DNA is rewriting prehistory in India – and shows that its civilisation is the result of multiple ancient migrations, writes Tony Joseph.
The discovery in China of fossil specimens of a flower called Nanjinganthus from the Early Jurassic shakes up widely accepted theories of plant evolution.
Ancient DNA can reliably link Aboriginal ancestors to their living descendants, opening up the possibility of using genetics to proactively return ancient remains to their communities.
This extremely rare discovery provides clues on the cultivation and distribution of chestnuts, food in the Jomon era, and the spirituality of ancient Japanese people.
The press release was accompanied by stunning photos of beautiful reliefs and murals, but what lies behind that glamour?
A team of Indonesian scientists presented data to make their case that Gunung Padang is in fact the site of the world’s oldest known pyramid-like structure.
The Hohokam overcame a harsh desert environment along with periodic droughts and floods to settle and farm much of modern Arizona by maintaining an extensive infrastructure of canals.
More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints—made by at least seven different species—have been uncovered in East Sussex.
The pre-historic artists were not Homo sapiens but Denisovans – a long-extinct branch of ancient man – or possibly Neanderthals, another vanished sub-species, believe scientists.