Ancient news stories

Humans migrated to Mongolia much earlier than previously believed
20th August 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Stone tools uncovered in Mongolia indicate that modern humans traveled across the Eurasian steppe about 45,000 years ago – about 10,000 years earlier than previously believed.

In search of Circe: How scientists found the grotto of the nymph from the Odyssey
20th August 2019 inews.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

According to Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, the sorceress invited Odysseus back to her home in a secret cave. Now scientists claim to have found it.

During the last ice age, humans in Africa lived in the mountains
12th August 2019 | earth.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The researchers found that humans settled higher up in the mountains earlier than previously realized and lived in the region for more extended periods as well during the Middle Pleistocene Epoch.

Fossil find reveals that the world’s largest parrot was over three feet tall
8th August 2019 nosymedia.info | Ancient, Animal Life

Heracles inexpectatus lived in New Zealand 19 million years ago. It was over three feet tall and weighed greater than 15 kilos.

Explorers to sail ancient Black Sea route on reed boat Abora IV
7th August 2019 | euronews.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An international team of archaeologists and explorers is preparing to set sail on a reed boat, hoping to prove that Greek аrgonauts were not the first to trade on the Black Sea.

Recursive Language and Modern Imagination were Acquired Simultaneously 70,000 Years Ago
6th August 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A genetic mutation that slowed down the development of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in two or more children may have triggered a cascade of events leading to acquisition of recursive language and modern imagination 70,000 years ago.

Neanderthals Should Join Homo Sapiens on the Family Tree
1st August 2019 | bloomberg.com | Ancient, Humans

The term “Homo sapiens” is no longer working so well. Neither is the closely related term, “modern humans,” used to describe us and fossils of long-dead people who looked something like us.

The Mesoamerican attraction to magnetism
1st August 2019 news.harvard.edu | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Study suggests they both understood the phenomenon and had uses for it.

Divers Uncover Ancient Temple Submerged Within The ‘Egyptian Atlantis’
1st August 2019 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

It’s been estimated that only about 5 percent of the city has so far been revealed.

RNA recovered and sequenced from 14,000-year-old mummified wolf
1st August 2019 newatlas.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Sample from an ancient canid gives a first look at the new field of paleo-transcriptomics.

99 percent of species have gone extinct. A new study looks at our odds of avoiding that fate.
1st August 2019 | vox.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Researchers use mathematical models to estimate extinction from natural causes.

We Now Know How The Cannabis Plant Produces Its Super-Strength, Pain-Killing Compounds
25th July 2019 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The team behind the research hope their findings might one day help us create new painkillers that come without the troublesome side effect of potential addiction.

Were These 3,500-Year-Old Carvings of Nude Women Used As Ancient Fertility Drug?
25th July 2019 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

An inscribed ancient Egyptian scarab and five clay tablets with carvings of naked women have been found in Rehob, a 3,500-year-old city in Israel.

Archaeologists uncover lost mound at historic Native American site in Mississippi
25th July 2019 | magnoliastatelive.com | Ancient, Humans

Until recently only three mounds were known to exist at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians historic site.

Ancient Maltese civilisation felled most trees within first 100 years of arriving in Malta
24th July 2019 | independent.com.mt | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They understood the importance of soil management to fend off starvation on an island which had no natural resources and was exposed to inclement and violent weather and climate.

10,000-Year-Old Engraved Stone Found to be World’s Oldest Lunar Calendar
24th July 2019 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new study, coordinated by Sapienza, claims to have discovered the oldest lunar calendar in the world in a pebble that was carved during the Upper Paleolithic period.

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