Ancient news stories

Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for Bacteria
3rd February 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The smoldering crater left by the apocalyptic space rock became a nice home for blue-green algae within years of the impact.

3rd February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

Digs in Egypt’s City of the Dead have unearthed a hoard of ancient artefacts, including amulets, canopic vases and 16 tombs containing approximately 20 coffins and sarcophagi between them.

3rd February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

The human story tends to go like this: Anatomically modern humans, aka Homo sapiens, arose in Africa some 200,000 to 300,000 years ago, and then left the continent around 60,000 years ago in a single mass migration to go colonize the rest of the world. But here’s a plot twist or two

Archaeologists to explore Ice Age landscape off Jersey coast
31st January 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A group of archaeologists will carry out a survey of a former Ice Age landscape in Jersey to understand more about its history. The team of experts hopes the survey will help them explore how Neanderthal people and other early humans used the landscape and how it matches up with discoveries made on land.

Neanderthal genes found for first time in African populations
31st January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

African populations have been revealed to share Neanderthal ancestry for the first time, in findings that add a new twist to the tale of ancient humans and our closest known relatives.

Sarcophagus dedicated to sky god among latest ancient Egypt trove
31st January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

Egypt’s antiquities ministry on Thursday unveiled the tombs of ancient high priests and a sarcophagus dedicated to the sky god Horus at an archaeological site in Minya governorate.

‘Spoken language doesn’t leave fossils’: Did human’s ability to speak arise in an instantaneous hominin mutation?
31st January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

Legendary linguist Noam Chomsky is both revered and controversial. His ideas have helped found and frame modern cognitive science. One of those ideas is the notion that a single gene mutation, perhaps prompting a rewiring in the brain yielding novel neural circuitry, gave rise to human language between 70,000 and 100,000 years ago.

VIDEO: Meet the Denisovans, Humans’ Mysterious Cousins
31st January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

We humans really like to think that we’re exceptional among the creatures of the Earth. But it wasn’t always that way. Until relatively recently, there were multiple types of humans, not just Homo sapiens. There were Neanderthals, and the more mysterious, recently discovered Denisovans.

Skulls from ancient North Americans hint at multiple migration waves
31st January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

The earliest humans in North America were far more diverse than previously realized, according to a new study of human remains found within one of the world’s most extensive underwater cave systems.

How did the last Neanderthals live?
29th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

In many ways, the last surviving Neanderthals are a mystery. But four caves in Gibraltar have given an unprecedented insight into what their lives might have been like.

Hungry for hutia? Our taste for Bahamas’ ‘most peaceable rodent’ shaped its diversity
29th January 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The Bahamian hutia, a large Caribbean rodent with a blissed-out disposition, presents a curious case study in how human food preferences can drive biodiversity, sometimes shaping it over 1,000 years.

New study debunks myth of Cahokia’s Native American lost civilization
28th January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have dug up ancient human feces, among other demographic clues, to challenge the narrative around the legendary demise of Cahokia, North America’s most iconic pre-Columbian metropolis.

Stone tools reveal epic trek of nomadic Neanderthals
28th January 2020 | Ancient, Humans

For a long time Neanderthals were seen as intellectual lightweights. However, several recent finds have forced a rethink of their cognitive and creative abilities.

Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass
28th January 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Herculaneum was just one of several towns smothered by ash and savaged by superheated volcanic avalanches. But three centuries later, experts are still unsure as to what precisely killed the victims of this once bustling metropolis.

Are the 11,300-Year-Old LSU Mounds the US Göbekli Tepe?
28th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

A North American scientist has claimed that group of ancient mounds are among the oldest structures in North America .

Fossilized Footprints Show Neanderthals Climbing An Active Volcano
24th January 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

Local people called them “Ciampate del Diavolo” or the devil’s trail, as only a supernatural entity could leave its footprints in apparent solid rocks.

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