Ancient news stories

A rare dental trait lives on
12th July 2019 | Ancient, Humans

Three-rooted molars in modern humans could have come from Denisovans.

Ancient Skull Fragment Pushes Back Date of Earliest Humans in Europe
12th July 2019 | Ancient, Humans

A comprehensive re-analysis of a skull fragment found in a Greek cave back in the late 1970s suggests early modern humans were present in Eurasia some 210,000 years ago.

Team proves Paleolithic people may have paddled to Japan
12th July 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Five exhausted canoeists proved July 9 it is possible Japan was settled 30,000 years ago by Old Stone Age people from Taiwan.

Ancient megafauna helped drive plant dispersal prior to domestication
12th July 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Large grazing animals during the Pleistocene drove evolutionary changes in key grains like quinoa and buckwheat and these changes paved the way for domestication.

Ruins of 4,300-year-old Babylon Named UNESCO World Heritage Site
8th July 2019 | | Ancient, Humans

Iraq’s leadership celebrates vote on ancient city where dynasties have risen and fallen since the earliest days of settled human civilization.

Bust of Tutankhamun sold at auction for £4.7m despite Egypt protests
6th July 2019 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The ‘rare and beautiful’ 3,000-year-old sculpture goes under the hammer in defiance of claims it was stolen.

A Genetic Ghost Hunt: What Ancient Humans Live On In Our DNA?
1st July 2019 | Ancient, Humans

Our DNA today is speckled with contributions from ancient hominin groups who lived alongside us, but did not survive to the present day.

How Historians Can Now See Invisible Text on Ancient Manuscripts
1st July 2019 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The sophisticated tech requires specialized training and expensive equipment, but researchers have recently been trying to make its use more widespread.

‘Giant wombat’ fossil discovered by council workers in Australia
1st July 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Fossilised jaw of baby diprotodon, a type of megafauna extinct for millennia, extracted in NSW by Australian Museum.

These monkeys are 3,000 years into their own ‘Stone Age’
28th June 2019 | | Ancient, Animal Life

While capuchins won’t use tools like us any time soon, the species now “has its own individual archaeological record,” scientists report.

We will rock you: the world prepares for Asteroid Day
28th June 2019 | Ancient, Earth, Space, Tech

Scientists, scholars, astrophysicists, engineers, students and academics will gather in 192 countries to be part of the official United Nations’ day of awareness and education.

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.

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