Ancient news stories
The idea that art is an expression valued for originality is put to the test with the study and replication of caves painted during the Pleistocene.
Researchers are in a race against time to preserve or revive indigenous languages, only 140 of which out of more than 300 are still spoken today.
Among the findings in the 2.5 metre-deep excavation were moa bones and other food items, fish hooks manufactured of moa bone and stone tools made of obsidian and chert.
How do you put a 13-ton hat on a giant statue? That’s what researchers are trying to figure out with their study of Easter Island statues and the red hats that sit atop some of them.
Fossil poo shows that dogs with a ferocious bite roamed North America 5 million years ago, crushing the skeletons of their prey in massive, muscular jaws.
A new activity center at the American Indian Museum in NYC sheds light on the original know-how of the Americas.
Analyses of 91 ancient genomes recovered from human remains at sites in California and Canada provide evidence that the first peoples separated into two populations between 18,000 and 15,000 years ago.
Contemporary Icelanders have diverged from their ancestors in Scandinavia and the British and Irish Isles, while the Viking age settlers are effectively indistinguishable from modern representatives of these source populations.
The 2,100-year-old mummified remains actually belong to a stillborn boy who suffered from anencephaly, a rare condition in which part of the brain and skull fails to develop.
The coast of southeastern Alaska was largely ice-free and full of plant and animal life 17,000 years ago—a welcoming environment for people venturing south.
There are some 6,000 Gwich’in hunting and raising their children at the edge of the Arctic Circle. They’ve been there for thousands of years, following the caribou, which provide a majority of their diet.
New research suggests that the crater was home to sea life less than a decade after impact, and it contained a thriving ecosystem within 30,000 years.
Is it possible to bring these long gone reptiles back from the dead and, if we could, would we really want to?
Starting about 7,000 years ago, the genetic diversity of men – specifically, the diversity of their Y chromosomes – collapsed, as if there was only one man left to mate for every 17 women.
Hundreds of ancient stolen tablets, seized from the company Hobby Lobby and returned to Iraq, provide clues about what a lost 4,000-year-old city called Irisagrig was like.
A full-body CT scan showed that Ötzi had three calcifications in his heart region, putting him at increased risk for a heart attack.