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Ancient news stories

Arrival of Beaker folk changed Britain for ever, ancient DNA study shows
23rd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

At least 90% of the ancestry of Britons was replaced by a wave of migrants, who arrived about 4,500 years ago, say researchers.

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from Europe
23rd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The Ice Bridge documentary ignores genomic evidence and relies upon an old idea that a particular mitochondrial haplogroup known as X shows a connection between North America and Europe.

Infant skull binding shaped identity, inequality in ancient Andes
22nd February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Velasco found bio-archaeological evidence that modified females possessed greater access to diverse food options and were less likely to encounter violence.

Ancient Cave Drawings and Early Human Language Linked in New Study
22nd February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

A new paper suggests cave art was made in acoustic “hot spots” because early humans were converting acoustic sounds into drawings.

Ancient DNA tells tales of humans’ migrant history
22nd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The new flood of genetic information represents a “coming of age” for the nascent field of ancient DNA.

First 3-D morphometric study of the molars of Sima de los Huesos
22nd February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Despite the notable affinities with Homo neanderthalensis, the population of Sima de los Huesos displays lower intra-population variability and has certain features even more derived than the Neanderthals themselves.

The Indonesian tribe that rejects technology
22nd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Baduy tribe from Banten in Indonesia practise seclusion and reject all modern technology to protect their ancient traditions.

Secret to Great Pyramid’s Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found
21st February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An archaeologist has figured out how the Egyptians may have aligned the monument almost perfectly along the cardinal points, north-south-east-west — they may have used the fall equinox.

Supercritical fluids bring the past to life: Extracting lipids from archeological ceramic pottery
21st February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Identifying the specific lipids in residues can help indicate what the pots held, what they were used for and what kind of food ancient populations ate.

Laser scanning reveals ‘lost’ ancient Mexican city ‘had as many buildings as Manhattan’
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

If you do the maths, all of a sudden you are talking about 40,000 building foundations, which is about the same number of building foundations that are on the island of Manhattan.

Study identifies traces of indigenous ‘Taino’ in present-day Caribbean populations
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The new research finally provides concrete proof that indigenous ancestry in the region has survived to the present day.

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that Homo erectus might have been a mariner – complete with sailing lingo.

‘Loneliest tree’ records human epoch
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

It’s been dubbed “the loneliest tree on the planet” because of its remote location, but the Sitka spruce might represent something quite profound about the age in which we live.

Ancient Tomb Containing ‘Splendid Armour’ Found In Japan
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Workers paving a farm road here stumbled on a 1,500-year-old underground tomb containing a large stone coffin, human remains and armour in remarkable condition.

Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

‘Molecular clock’ methodology combines evidence on the genetic differences between living species and fossil constraints on the age of their shared ancestors, to establish an evolutionary timescale that sees through gaps in the fossil record.


Asteroids Could Be ‘Time Capsules’ Showing How Life Began on Earth
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

As much as we tend to panic over the idea of an asteroid crashing into the Earth, one possible explanation for life on Earth is that an asteroid brought it here in the first place.

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