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Ancient news stories
At least 90% of the ancestry of Britons was replaced by a wave of migrants, who arrived about 4,500 years ago, say researchers.
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.
Velasco found bio-archaeological evidence that modified females possessed greater access to diverse food options and were less likely to encounter violence.
A new paper suggests cave art was made in acoustic “hot spots” because early humans were converting acoustic sounds into drawings.
The new flood of genetic information represents a “coming of age” for the nascent field of ancient DNA.
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 Baduy tribe from Banten in Indonesia practise seclusion and reject all modern technology to protect their ancient traditions.
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.
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.
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.
The new research finally provides concrete proof that indigenous ancestry in the region has survived to the present day.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.