Ancient news stories

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors
28th May 2018 | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | 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 | 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.

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs triggered rapid global warming across Earth
25th May 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The asteroid that smashed into the Earth 65 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, also drove a persistent bout of lethal global warming.

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study
23rd May 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.

50,000 year old Siberian bones may be the ‘oldest Homo sapiens’ outside Africa and Middle East
23rd May 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The bones are undergoing tests to establish whether they are Homo sapiens or another species of human. If they are Homo sapiens remains, they will be the oldest found in northern Eurasia.

Agatha Christie: world’s first historical whodunnit was inspired by 4,000 year-old letters
23rd May 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Christie knew a thing or two about ancient and modern Egypt. Egypt had a clear impact on her – her first (unpublished) novel Snow Upon the Desert (1910) is set in Cairo.

Asteroid from another star system found orbiting wrong way near Jupiter
23rd May 2018 | | Ancient, Space

For the first time, a permanent member of our solar system has been found to have originated elsewhere.

Aboriginal settlement in Australia was no accident
21st May 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers working to solve the mystery of how Aboriginal people first reached Australia say the earliest people didn’t get here by accident, but made deliberate voyages to reach the new land.

Aboriginal astronomy can teach us about the link between sky and land
21st May 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Aboriginal star stories are not just stories, they are lessons that educate us about the relationship between the sky and the land, as well as how the universe functions around us.

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Peach Pits In Japan That Have Been In Existence Since The Time Of Queen Himiko
21st May 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The ancient peach pits were found at the Japanese site of Makimuku and the peaches are estimated to have been grown between 135 and 230 AD.

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