Ancient news stories

Facebook Censored a Stone Age Nude Sculpture, Venus of Willendorf
2nd March 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An Italian woman’s post featuring the 30,000-year-old artifact was removed late last year; last month, the museum that houses it called out the social network.

Rock art and mystery: Ancient camel sculptures in Saudi desert
28th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Chiseled on three rocky spurs, the sculptures, which also depict equids, or hoofed mammals, show a level of artistic skill unseen in other rock art forms in the Saudi desert.

Ancient DNA reveals genetic replacement despite language continuity in the South Pacific
28th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Migrations of people from the Bismarck Archipelago in Oceania to the previously settled islands of the Pacific began as early as 2,500 years ago, much earlier than previously thought.

28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Space

Even minor asteroid hits can throw the moon’s spin off, while the monster crashes that left behind impact basins affected everything from its magnetic field to its geology and otherwise gave it a cosmic thrill ride.

See Inside This Newly Discovered Ancient Egyptian Cemetery
28th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Artifacts found inside the network of tombs suggest it contains a priest of the ancient Egyptian deity Thoth.

Ancient mammoths and mastodons survived the changing environment because of inter species breeding
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Cross breeding led to ancient elephants adapting and surviving in different regions across the world over time.

Ancient Mayan math making comeback in classrooms of their Yucatan descendants
28th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

In Mexico, a form of calculation that made the ancient Mayans such a successful race has been rediscovered by academics – and is now being taught to their descendants.

With DNA from a museum specimen, scientists reconstruct the genome of a bird extinct for 700 years
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Scientists have assembled the first nearly complete genome of the little bush moa, a flightless bird that went extinct soon after Polynesians settled New Zealand in the late 13th century.

Ancient mammoth DNA could help save threatened elephants
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

Could elephant-mammoth hybrids roam the tundra? Researchers analyze the genes of several elephant species, and find genes from their extinct ancestors could help save them.

The Dino-Killing Asteroid Impact Also Created A Stunningly Beautiful Geological Masterpiece
28th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

Following the impact, artistic geological processes left behind the Ring of Cenotes, one of the most beautiful natural formations on planet Earth.

Why Men Need Yoga More Than Ever
27th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Yoga is for everybody, but as men we can use it to help unwind some of our own gender-specific baggage.

Scientists Find Bugs That Could Indicate There Is Hidden Life On Mars
27th February 2018 | | Ancient, Space

Microbes can lie dormant for decades under Earth’s surface – and could be doing the same on Mars.

Humans changed the ecosystems of Central Africa more than 2,600 years ago
27th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Humans shape nature, not only since the onset of industrialization. The influence of humans was debated in Central Africa where major interventions seem to have occurred 2,600 years ago.

Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life
27th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Researchers piece together a 43,000-years-old tableau of an injured adult and concerned young.

So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Scientists say cave paintings in Spain, thought to have been by our ancestors, were actually by Neanderthals. So did they teach us everything we know?

Giant handaxes suggest that different groups of early humans coexisted in ancient Europe
26th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

This suggests that alternative types of stone tool technologies were simultaneously being used by different populations in this area – supporting the idea that a prehistoric “Game of Thrones” scenario existed as Neanderthals emerged in Europe.

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