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Researchers find earliest evidence for a microblade adaptation in the Tibetan plateau
13th June 2024 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A research team led by Prof. Zhang Xiaoling from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, published a paper entitled “The Earliest Evidence for a Microblade Adaptation in the Remote, High Altitude Regions of the Tibetan Plateau” in Science China Earth Sciences.

DNA Analysis Overturns Myths of Maya Empire’s Child Sacrifice Rituals
13th June 2024 | nature.com | Ancient, Humans

According to a new analysis of ancient DNA led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the chosen victims have something in common.

Webb Telescope reveals asteroid collision in neighboring star system
12th June 2024 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Astronomers have captured what appears to be a snapshot of a massive collision of giant asteroids in Beta Pictoris, a neighboring star system known for its early age and tumultuous planet-forming activity.

4,000-year-old Greek hilltop site mystifies archaeologists. It could spell trouble for new airport
12th June 2024 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Greece’s Culture Ministry said Tuesday that the structure is a “unique and extremely interesting find” from Crete’s Minoan civilization, famous for its sumptuous palaces, flamboyant art and enigmatic writing system.

4,000-year-old ‘Seahenge’ in UK was built to ‘extend summer,’ archaeologist suggests
12th June 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A mysterious Bronze Age wooden circle known as “Seahenge” on England’s east coast was built more than 4,000 years ago in an effort to bring back warmer weather during an extreme cold spell, a new study suggests.

Universal equation predicts flapping of birds, insects and ancient flying reptiles
11th June 2024 cosmosmagazine.com | Animal Life, Humans

The universal equation has been shown to accurately predict the flapping frequency of birds, insects and even long-extinct prehistoric creatures like the flying reptiles, pterosaurs. It even translates to the flapping flippers of swimming creatures like whales and penguins. The study is published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.

Earth’s upper atmosphere could hold a missing piece of the universe, new study hints
11th June 2024 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Weird

Mysterious dark matter could slosh over our planet like a wave. If it does, it may produce telltale radio waves in Earth’s atmosphere, new theoretical research suggests.

Siberia’s ‘mammoth graveyard’ reveals 800-year human interactions with woolly beasts
11th June 2024 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

In the East Siberian Arctic (>70 °N), there is not only evidence of significant woolly mammoth populations, but also how humans interacted with them, the focus of new research in Quaternary Science Reviews.

New dating technique more accurately estimates time differences between Paleolithic hearth fires
10th June 2024 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A new dating technique is used to more accurately estimate time differences between Paleolithic-age hearth fires. In a paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes how their new dating technique works, its accuracy range, and what their findings reveal about Neanderthals living in a river valley in what is now Spain approximately 50,000 years ago.

Psychedelics may reduce death anxiety via panpsychism, study suggests
10th June 2024 | psypost.org | Humans, Misc.

Psychedelic experiences can lead to a reduction in death anxiety, potentially through altering an individual’s metaphysical beliefs, according to new research published in the journal Death Studies.

Neanderthals and humans interbred 47,000 years ago for nearly 7,000 years, research suggests
10th June 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Neanderthal genes seen in modern humans may have entered our DNA through an interval of interbreeding starting about 47,000 years ago that lasted nearly 7,000 years, new research finds.

MDMA therapy for PTSD rejected by FDA panel
10th June 2024 | nature.com | Humans, Misc.

In a decision that shocked some observers, key advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted that the effectiveness of the party drug MDMA for treating post-traumatic stress disorder is unproven.

“Highly unusual” neutron star signals detected in Western Australia
5th June 2024 cosmosmagazine.com | Humans, Space, Weird

Details of the “highly unusual” neutron star’s discovery is published in Nature Astronomy. There have been more than 3,000 radio-emitting neutron stars discovered.  The newly found star’s spin is well outside what astrophysicists predict of neutron star behaviour.

2,000-year-old rock art, including nearly 140-foot-long snake, may mark ancient territories in Colombia, Venezuela
5th June 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Archaeologists have fully mapped a series of ancient rock art in Venezuela and Colombia, including the world’s largest monumental engraving, using photography and drone footage. The study was published on Tuesday (June 4) in the journal Antiquity.

Crucial shift in River Nile’s evolution during ancient Egypt discovered
4th June 2024 | southampton.ac.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Researchers have explored how the River Nile evolved over the past 11,500 years and how changes in its geography could have helped shape the fortunes of ancient Egyptian civilisation. The research is published in Nature Geoscience.

Image by: Marc Ryckaert (MJJR – Wiki Commons)

Early Celtic elites inherited power through maternal lines, ancient DNA reveals
4th June 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

An uncle and nephew buried in two of the richest burial mounds, along with evidence of first-cousin inbreeding, point strongly toward matrilineal dynasties of elite power, according to the study, which was published Monday (June 3) in the journal Nature Human Behaviour

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