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Fossils Reveal Cephalopods May Be 30 Million Years Older Than We Thought
25th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The class of marine animals known as cephalopoda – which today includes squids, octopuses, and cuttlefishes – could have been around on Earth 30 million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.

New evidence in search for the mysterious Denisovans
25th March 2021 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Humans

In the study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the researchers examined the genomes of more than 400 modern humans to investigate the interbreeding events between ancient humans and modern human populations who arrived at Island Southeast Asia 50,000–60,000 years ago.

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The World’s Oldest Known Wooden Statue Is Over 7,000 Years Older Than Stonehenge
23rd March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

The further back in time you go, the sparser the archaeological record grows. Many materials used by humans – wood, leather, fabric – simply don’t last and are swallowed by Earth under the implacable march of time.

Ancient Native Americans were among the world’s first coppersmiths
21st March 2021 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans

About 8500 years ago, hunter-gatherers living beside Eagle Lake in Wisconsin hammered out a conical, 10-centimeter-long projectile point made of pure copper.

The ancient invention that ignited game play
21st March 2021 | bbc.com | Ancient, Humans

As the fire dwindles in the hearth, a family picks through the remains of their feast, turning over the bones for any remaining flesh. It is about 3000BC in Skara Brae, a small neolithic settlement on the west coast of Orkney’s Mainland, Scotland.

Arctic was once lush and green, could be again, new research shows
19th March 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

As the Arctic warms much faster than everywhere else on the planet in response to climate change, the findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may not only be a glimpse of the past but a snapshot of our potential future.

Space oddity Oumuamua probably shard of Pluto-like world, scientists say
19th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

Our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar. A new study says the mystery object is likely a remnant of a Pluto-like world and shaped like a cookie.

Gigantic Stone ‘Tiger Stripes’ Etched Across Ethiopia Pose an Ancient Mystery
18th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

If we want to predict our planet’s future under climate change, we must better understand what has happened on Earth before, even hundreds of thousands of years in the past.

Dead Sea scroll fragments and ‘world’s oldest basket’ found in desert cave
18th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Six-millennia-old skeleton of child also unearthed during dig in Judean Desert by Israeli archeologists

Mars: Vast amount of water may be locked up on planet
18th March 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Space

It’s a longstanding mystery: how Mars lost the water that flowed across its surface billions of years ago.

The stories behind Aboriginal star names now recognised by the world’s astronomical body
16th March 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

Four stars in the night sky have been formally recognised by their Australian Aboriginal names.

‘Rarest of the rare’ dinosaur fossil found brooding on its eggs
16th March 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

About 70 million years ago, an ostrich-like dinosaur brooding atop a nest of blue-green eggs met its doom, perishing with its nearly-hatched babies in what is now southern China.

Ancient Plants Buried a Mile Under Greenland’s Ice Are a Grim Warning From The Past
16th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth

The Greenland ice sheet has been there for a long time. As near as we can tell, it could have been extensive as early as 45 million years ago.

Neanderthals helped create early human art, researcher says
16th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

When Neanderthals, Denisovans and homo sapiens met one another 50,000 years ago, these archaic and modern humans not only interbred during the thousands of years in which they overlapped, but they exchanged ideas that led to a surge in creativity, according to a leading academic.

What fueled humans’ big brains? Controversial paper proposes new hypothesis.
14th March 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Over the course of the Pleistocene epoch, between 2.6 million years ago and 11,700 years ago, the brains of humans and their relatives grew. Now, scientists from Tel Aviv University have a new hypothesis as to why: As the largest animals on the landscape disappeared, the scientists propose, human brains had to grow to enable the hunting of smaller, swifter prey.

Scientists Have Unlocked the Secrets of the Ancient ‘Antikythera Mechanism’
14th March 2021 | vice.com | Ancient, Humans

A digital model has revealed a complex planetarium on the ancient device’s face. “Unless it’s from outer space, we have to find a way in which the Greeks could have made it,” researchers say.

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