Ancient news stories

Mammoths suffered from diseases that are typical for people
24th April 2017 | | Ancient

Sergey Leshchinskiy, paleontologist, head of TSU’s Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems, has studied the remains of Yakut mammoths collected on one of the largest locations in the world of mammoth fauna, Berelyokh. His study showed that almost half of the bones of these ancient mammals have signs of serious pathologies typical for the human skeletal system.

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.

Alt: Ancient stone confirms date of comet strike
Alt: Research Paper

World’s largest collection of rock art at risk, Australian senators told
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

Irreplaceable Indigenous rock art at a site in remote Western Australia has been vandalised with graffiti, treated with contempt by outsiders, and placed under threat by an invasive weed, an inquiry has heard.

Possibly Decimated by Conquistadors 400 Years Ago, Has the Lost City of Etzanoa Finally Been Found?
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

It may be necessary to add another large nation of Native Americans to the list of peoples wiped out by the rapacious and genocidal Spanish conquistadors after they arrived in the Americas. The location of the lost city of Etzanoa, found recently in Kansas, mystified historians for 400 years.

How to Resurrect a Lost Language
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

Piecing together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakers

Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics
21st April 2017 | | Ancient

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics.

Mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt’s Luxor
21st April 2017 | Ancient

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor, hailing an “important discovery”.

Archaeologists Discover 38,000-Year-Old Animal Art
21st April 2017 | Ancient

One of the world’s first nature pictures was a wild cow. A team of archaeologists found the earliest known depiction of an animal on a slab of rock in Southwestern France. According to a research paper published in the journal, Quaternary International, in January, the artifact was created by the Aurignacians, the first humans to migrate from Africa to Western Eurasia between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago.

Megafaunal extinctions driven by too much moisture
21st April 2017 | Ancient

Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before many species suddenly became extinct around 11-15,000 years ago. The persistent moisture resulting from melting permafrost and glaciers caused widespread glacial-age grasslands to be rapidly replaced by peatlands and bogs, fragmenting populations of large herbivore grazers.

Researchers suggest sea scorpions used serrated tail spine to dispatch their prey
21st April 2017 | Ancient

Four hundred and thirty million years ago, long before the evolution of barracudas or sharks, a different kind of predator stalked the primordial seas. The original sea monsters were eurypterids—better known as sea scorpions.

What Drove Tsavo Lions to Eat People? Century-Old Mystery Solved
20th April 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Their names were “The Ghost” and “The Darkness,” and 119 years ago, these two massive, maneless, man-eating lions hunted railway workers in the Tsavo region of Kenya. During a nine-month period in 1898, the lions killed at least 35 people and as many as 135, according to different accounts. And the question of why the lions developed a taste for human flesh remained a subject of much speculation.

Medieval priest discovered in elaborate grave 700 years after his death
20th April 2017 | | Ancient

The remains of a medieval priest who died 700 years ago have been uncovered in an elaborate grave.

Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield uncovered the rare find at Thornton Abbey in Lincolnshire, which was founded as a monastery in 1139 and went onto become one of the richest religious houses in England.

Mexico revives 3,000-year-old ancient ball game
19th April 2017 | | Ancient

The finals of a revived 3,000-year-old ball game have been played in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan

Organisers have been trying to bring back the game, known as Ullamaliztli in Mexico, because of its ancient cultural and religious significance.

Archaeologists find Roman emperor’s 1,900-year-old summer home in Turkey
19th April 2017 | | Ancient

Kibyratis in the Turkish mountains was a pastoral retreat for the Roman elite, who didn’t miss the opportunity to make money while about it

Stone Age Woman Had Modern-Looking Face
19th April 2017 | | Ancient

The pretty face of a woman who lived more than 13,000 years ago in what is now Thailand, and is considered a likely descendant of the first humans to populate Southeast Asia, is seeing the light of day.

The “True” Human Diet
19th April 2017 | Ancient, Humans

From the standpoint of paleoecology, the so-called Paleo diet is a myth

People have been debating the natural human diet for thousands of years, often framed as a question of the morality of eating other animals. The lion has no choice, but we do. Take the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, for example: “Oh, how wrong it is for flesh to be made from flesh!”

Behind the iron curtain: How methane-making microbes kept the early Earth warm
19th April 2017 | Ancient

For much of its first two billion years, Earth was a very different place: oxygen was scarce, microbial life ruled, and the sun was significantly dimmer than it is today. Yet the rock record shows that vast seas covered much of the early Earth under the faint young sun.

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