Ancient news stories

Aboriginal People Held a Kangaroo Feast Around a Campfire 20,000 Years Ago
30th May 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The cave contained ancient tools, kangaroo bone and the remnants of the campfire, which has nearly 8 inches of fine, white ash and pieces of charcoal in it that researchers plan to radiocarbon-date.

First direct dating of Homo antecessor
30th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A time range of between 772,000 and 949,000 years was found for this species of the Lower Pleistocene, confirming earlier indirect datings.

Ancient Egyptian Treasures Discovered In Ruins Of Greco-Roman Bath
30th May 2018 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Humans

Inside the ancient remains of a vast red-bricked building, they discovered a huge collection of gold coins, bronze tools, pottery vessels, hieroglyphic-engraved stones, and a terracotta statue of a ram.

A southern-hemisphere Stonehenge is found in Chile
29th May 2018 | economist.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

At least some of northern Chile’s saywas had the “astronomical function” of prefiguring the sun’s appearance. They are a southern-hemisphere Stonehenge.

Prehistoric Teeth Reveal Details On Ancient Africa’s Climate
29th May 2018 archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com | Ancient, Earth

New research out of South Africa’s Wonderwerk Cave shows that the climate of the interior of southern Africa almost two million years ago was like no modern African environment – it was much wetter.

New Stonehenge Theory Says Humans Didn’t Move Stones After All
28th May 2018 mysteriousuniverse.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Rather than being transported by humans as is commonly thought, this theory instead argues that the stones were carried by a glacier.

Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution
28th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Was there some catastrophic event 200,000 years ago that nearly wiped the slate clean?

We Just Found The Best Target For Finding Fossils From Ancient Life on Mars
28th May 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space

Iron-rich rocks located near the sites of ancient lakes should be the priority for upcoming visits to the Martian surface, because they are acting like mineral sanctuaries that could preserve signs of life from billions of years ago.

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors
28th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas —the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas—through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors.

The ancient world’s top political consultants were all women
26th May 2018 | fastcompany.com | Ancient, Humans

The Pythia were senior priestesses who advised pilgrims on crucial political issues, making them the most powerful risk-analysis firm in ancient Greece.

The Wit and Wisdom of Ancient Jewish Graffiti
26th May 2018 | atlasobscura.com | Ancient, Humans

Researchers in the field have uncovered related messages ranging from “Lasius is a pervert” to “Good luck in your resurrection.”

Ancient meteorite found in Sahara desert reveals history of Mars
26th May 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Space

A tiny meteorite from Mars nicknamed “Black Beauty” has provided scientists with an unprecedented insight into ancient processes that shaped the red planet’s surface.

National Sorry Day: How Australia apologises to the Aborigines for the wrongs of the past
26th May 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

Sorry Day is an occasion for solemn commemoration of the mistreatment of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders throughout the country’s history.

Muscles Thought to Be Exclusively Human Have Just Been Found in Apes
25th May 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

It’s thought that humans have evolved certain muscles unique to us. Now those muscles have been found in other apes, our core perceptions about human evolution are challenged.

Archaeologists discover a 1,000-year-old mummy in Peru
25th May 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

“Discoveries like this are exceptionally scarce, and this mummy is incredibly well preserved. Samples collected for carbon-14 dating… suggest this individual was buried between 1000 and 1200 AD.”

Modern birds evolved from ground-dwelling ancestor, after asteroid hit
25th May 2018 news.yale.edu | Ancient, Animal Life

A new study says all modern birds evolved from the same ground-dwelling, common ancestor, after an asteroid slammed into Earth millions of years ago and devastated the planet’s forests.

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