Ancient news stories

Closest-known ancestor of today’s Native Americans found in Siberia
11th June 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans

A woman known as Kolyma1, who lived in northeastern Siberia about 10,000 years ago, shares about two-thirds of her genome with living Native Americans.

Why humans (or something very similar) may have been destined to walk the Earth
11th June 2019 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

What would happen if the hands of time were turned back to an arbitrary point in our evolutionary history and we restarted the clock?

Ancient molecules reveal surprising details on origins of ‘bizarre’ sloths
11th June 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The studies suggest a land bridge connected the West Indies with South America 30 million years ago, allowing the slow-moving animals to reach the islands.

DNA from 31,000-year-old milk teeth leads to discovery of new group of ancient Siberians
6th June 2019 | cam.ac.uk | Ancient, Humans

Two children’s milk teeth buried deep in a remote archaeological site in north eastern Siberia have revealed a previously unknown group of people lived there during the last Ice Age.

Fingerprint study upends ideas about ‘women’s work’ in ancient America
5th June 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Archaeologists just assumed that women made the pottery at Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago. Then they started thinking like cops—and things got interesting.

60,000 years of traditional aboriginal medicine touches the spirit of Katungul
5th June 2019 aboutregional.com.au | Ancient, Humans

The Aboriginal woman whose healing power is described as ‘a miracle’ comes from a long family lineage of healers.

Ancient DNA Tells Story Of First Herders And Farmers In East Africa
4th June 2019 | eurasiareview.com | Ancient, Humans

A collaborative study led by archaeologists, geneticists and museum curators is providing answers to previously unsolved questions about life in sub-Saharan Africa thousands of years ago.

In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography
4th June 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents.

Cave debris may be the oldest known example of people eating starch
4th June 2019 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Charred material found in South Africa suggests humans digested starch long before farming.

Ancient People Watched a Volcano Erupt. This May Be Their Illustration of It.
4th June 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

After a treacherous volcanic eruption during the Bronze Age, curious humans and their canine companions hiked closer to the volcano, where they left footprints in the fine-grained volcanic ash.

Roman amphitheaters act like seismic invisibility cloaks
3rd June 2019 | technologyreview.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The discovery may explain how these buildings have survived for so long in earthquake zones.

Remnants of Ancient Civilizations Are Still Around Us, But They’re Vanishing Fast
31st May 2019 | sarasotamagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

There are 319 officially recognized archaeological sites in Sarasota County, and 66 of them are likely to contain human remains.

14,000-year-old footprints record an underground Stone Age family outing
31st May 2019 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Humans

This is the first time archaeologists have found tracks of people crawling.

Scientists Identify Unexpected Paths Our Ancestors Might Have Taken Out of Africa
31st May 2019 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

New research reveals that routes we didn’t consider possible may have been walked long ago – meaning the story of how we got here could need a little rewriting.

Neanderthals may have died out because of infertility, new model suggests
31st May 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

‘A slight decrease in food may explain a reduction in fertility,’ says Dr Anna Degioanni.

Cosmic Lightning Storms Sparked Humanity’s Rise To Two-Legged Domination
31st May 2019 | forbes.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Proto-humans’ decision to start walking on two legs is what took us from living in the trees to designing space rockets and it may all have started with a fantastical series of events.

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