Ancient news stories

Exclusive: Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice May Be World’s Largest
27th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

More than 140 children were ritually killed in a single event in Peru more than 500 years ago. What could possibly have been the reason?

Ancient Entombed Horse Was So Well Loved It Still Has Hair on Its Legs
27th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The entombed horse, found in Tombos in northern Sudan and shown to have lived around 950 B.C., reveals the growing influence of the Kingdom of Kush in Nubia.

How to hunt a giant sloth—according to ancient human footprints
26th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Our ancestors used misdirection to gain the upper hand in close-quarter combat with this deadly creature.

Indigenous Remains Do Not Belong to Science
26th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The law that allows Native Americans to claim ancestral remains must be strengthened.

Asteroids could have delivered water to the early Earth
26th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

Shooting small rocks from a high-speed cannon showed that some asteroids could have brought water to the early Earth — without all the water boiling away on impact, a new study finds.

This Eerie, Human-Like Figure Is Twice As Old As Egypt’s Pyramids
26th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The idol is much, much older than previously thought — about 11,500 years old — meaning it was constructed just after the last ice age ended.

Earliest Bone Arrowhead, 61,700 Years Old, Found in South Africa
26th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Early humans in southern Africa figured out that stabbing large animals close up is silly, so honed pieces of bone into projectile weaponry.

Ancient Amazonians lived sustainably – and this matters for conservation today
24th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Studies show that traditional uses of the landscape should be valued highly, and that Amazonian communities can support themselves without extensive deforestation.

Gene linked to breastfeeding may have boosted survival of earliest Americans
24th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Native Americans and Asians carry a version of the gene that is linked to thicker hair shafts, more sweat glands, and shovel-shaped incisors.

As marijuana goes mainstream, what’s happening to the way we talk about weed?
23rd April 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

As a once-illicit drug becomes folded into the mainstream, so does the language used to describe it.

Human-like walking mechanics evolved before the genus Homo
23rd April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A study of 3.6 million year old hominin footprints discovered in Tanzania suggests our ancestors evolved the trait of extended leg, human-like bipedalism much earlier than previously thought.

Dalai Lama says include ancient Indian traditions in education system
23rd April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The greatness of the Indian civilisation is its spiritual brotherhood and harmony, he said, adding that it has produced the greatest philosophical thinkers and preachers who gave rise to Nalanda Buddhism.

Holey cow! Evidence of Stone Age veterinary ‘surgery’
21st April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

A hole in the skull of a Stone Age cow was likely made by humans about 5,000 years ago, probably by a veterinarian or trainee surgeon.

4,500 Newly Discovered Fragments Help Piece Together Massive Psamtik I Statue
21st April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers at a Egyptian-German excavation have puzzled together new information about the statue after discovering 4,500 more of its fragments.

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans
20th April 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Humans may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size — by way of extinction — at least 90,000 years earlier than previously thought.

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