Ancient news stories

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.

New curriculum prioritizes tribal sovereignty, cultural respect in scientific research of American Indian, Alaska Native communities
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

When informed community members are involved in every step of the process, Pearson said, there is potential for reducing harm from research while enhancing trust and collaboration, and producing research reflective of community values.

White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Cities
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Pioneers and early archaeologists credited distant civilizations, not Native Americans, with building these sophisticated complexes.


A rare Neanderthal hand axe found in a long lost cave in Wales
26th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Elizabeth Walker, Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Archaeologist and Head of Collections at National Museum Cardiff, talks about a Neanderthal hand axe, which dates back to c. 60,000-35,000 BC.

Neanderthals – not modern humans – were first artists on Earth, experts claim
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Neanderthals painted on cave walls in Spain 65,000 years ago – tens of thousands of years before modern humans arrived, say researchers.

Salmonella Confirmed In Ancient 16th Century Epidemic
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Because the cause of deaths has remained a mystery, it is also the subject of large speculation, with multiple different existing hypotheses on the pathogenic causes of the cocoliztli epidemic.

Learn about Melbourne’s Aboriginal culture with this new app
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new smartphone app ‘Melbourne Dreaming’ has been launched this month designed to help locals and travellers discover more about Aboriginal Melbourne’s rich history and vibrant culture.

Vietnamese students design prize-winning AI to read ancient Japanese writing
26th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The AI designed by Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology’s Tuan Nam Ly and Kha Cong Nguyen, both 28, managed to read 96 percent of single characters, and 88 percent of three-character sets.

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Discovered The Bones of The Richest Pirate in History
26th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The world’s richest pirate may have eluded capture in life, but efforts to bring him in are still underway – for science, if not justice.

New Study Reveals How Our Brains Evolved to Be So Amazingly Huge
23rd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

 Now researchers have developed a model showing our grey matter evolved steadily over time, making it unlikely that our smarts were selected by any particular behaviour.

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.

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