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Signs of Indigenous Australia ritual performed 12,000 years ago
3rd July 2024 | Ancient, Humans

Researchers in partnership with the GunaiKurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) unearthed evidence of rituals dating back 12,000 years ago in caves in southeastern Australia. The archaeological find, published on July 1st in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, is from when the last Ice Age ended.

4,000-year-old rock art in Venezuela may be from a ‘previously unknown’ culture
3rd July 2024 | | Ancient, Humans

An archeological team in Venezuela has discovered 20 rock art sites that date back thousands of years in Canaima National Park, in the southeastern part of the country.

Gravitational Wave Research Reveals Missing Details on The Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism
3rd July 2024 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers from the University of Glasgow in the UK have now used statistical modeling techniques borrowed from the study of gravitational waves to extrapolate missing details of a critical dial on Antikythera mechanism.The research has been published in The Horological Journal.

New study reveals comet airburst evidence from 12,800 years ago
3rd July 2024 | Ancient, Humans, Space

Researchers continue to expand the case for the Younger Dryas Impact hypothesis. The idea proposes that a fragmented comet smashed into the Earth’s atmosphere 12,800 years ago, causing a widespread climatic shift that, among other things, led to the abrupt reversal of the Earth’s warming trend and into an anomalous near-glacial period called the Younger Dryas. See the study here.

Does a cave beneath Pembroke Castle hold key to fate of early Britons?
24th June 2024 | | Ancient, Humans

Scientists hope wealth of prehistoric material in Wogan Cavern in Wales is well preserved enough to reveal what really happened to our most ancient ancestors

Were dinosaur fossils the inspiration for the gryphon myth?
24th June 2024 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A new study challenges the theory that dinosaur fossils inspired the legend of the mythological creature, the gryphon.

Study challenges popular idea that Easter islanders committed ‘ecocide’
24th June 2024 | Ancient, Humans

A new study challenges this narrative of ecocide, saying that Rapa Nui’s population never spiraled to unsustainable levels. Instead, the settlers found ways to cope with the island’s severe limits, and maintained a small, stable population for centuries.

Out-of-Body Experiences Have a Surprising Effect on Some People
24th June 2024 | | Humans, Misc., Weird

Out-of-body experiences (OBEs) can leave a significant and lasting impression on those who go through them, and can also boost feelings of empathy towards others, according to a new survey.

Ancient family burial tells story of migration that reshaped Europe
20th June 2024 | | Ancient, Humans

A modest, open-air pit in central France tells a story of family: a grandmother, her son, and her grandson, as well as four other people, all buried together in the same grave over the course of decades, about 4500 years ago.

MDMA found to have an interesting impact on emotional processing in the brain
20th June 2024 | | Humans, Misc.

A recent study published in the European Journal of Neuroscience provides new insights into how 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy or molly, affects the brain’s processing of emotional stimuli.

Shepherd’s graffiti sheds new light on Acropolis lost temple mystery
20th June 2024 | Ancient, Humans

The Acropolis of Athens, the rocky hill in the Greek capital that is home to the iconic Parthenon temple, is one of the world’s most visited and well-known archaeological sites—but new insights about it are still emerging. A new publication in the American Journal of Archaeology…tells a historical detective story of a lost temple on the site of the Parthenon. It all began with the discovery of ancient graffiti.

Brain hyperconnectivity unveiled as key to psilocybin’s psychedelic effects
19th June 2024 | | Humans, Misc.

A recent study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging has revealed that psilocybin can induce a state of hyperconnectivity in the brain. This heightened brain connectivity is linked to profound changes in perception and a sense of unity with the universe, which many users describe as mystical experiences.

The sun’s magnetic field is about to flip. Here’s what to expect.
18th June 2024 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

This phenomenon happens roughly every 11 years and marks an important stage in the solar cycle. The shift in polarity indicates the halfway point of solar maximum, the height of solar activity, and the beginning of the shift toward solar minimum.

Older adults who have used psychedelics tend to have better executive functioning
18th June 2024 | | Humans, Misc.

Older individuals who have used psychedelics tend to exhibit better cognitive functioning and fewer depressive symptoms compared to those who have not, according to new research published in Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine. However, psychedelic usage was not linked to improvements in episodic memory.

Are animals conscious? How new research is changing minds
18th June 2024 | | Animal Life, Humans

Charles Darwin enjoys a near god-like status among scientists for his theory of evolution. But his ideas that animals are conscious in the same way humans are have long been shunned. Until now.

Direct evidence found for dairy consumption in the Pyrenees in the earliest stages of the Neolithic
18th June 2024 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

A joint study…yields the first direct proof of the consumption and processing of dairy products in the Pyrenees already at the start of the Neolithic period, approximately 7,500 years ago, as well as the consumption of pig. The results lead to doubts about the belief that these products were first used much later in the Pyrenean mountain range.

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