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Stone Age Europeans mastered spear-throwers 10,000 years earlier than we thought, study suggests
16th November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans

Stone Age people in Belgium were hunting with spear-throwers more than 30,000 years ago  — the earliest known evidence of such a weapon in Europe, a new study suggests.

Archaeologists Unearth a Secret Lost Language From 3,000 Years Ago
15th November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans

A secret text has been discovered in Türkiye, scattered among tens of thousands of ancient clay tablets, which were written in the time of the Hittite Empire during the second millennium BCE.

Glowing Fingertips And Green Eyes: First-of-Its-Kind Monkey Chimera Born in China
13th November 2023 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

Scientists in China have announced the birth of a primate like no other, with eyes that shined green and fingertips that glowed yellow – and those were just the observable features. The study was published in Cell.

Milky Way-like galaxy found in the early universe
12th November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans, Space

Using the James Webb Space Telescope, an international team…has discovered the most distant barred spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way that has been observed to date. The research, published in Nature, was led by scientists at the Centro de Astrobiología in Spain.

Turkana stone beads tell a story of herder life in a drying east Africa 5,000 years ago
10th November 2023 | Ancient, Humans

On the shores of Lake Turkana in East Africa, about 5,000 to 4,000 years ago, pastoralists buried their dead in communal cemeteries that were marked by stone circles and pillars.

Archaeological skull fragments from Ukraine reveal early modern humans came from the East
10th November 2023 | Ancient, Humans

Published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, the new study analyzes two skull fragments dating back between 37,000 and 36,000 years to conclude that our ancestors came from Eastern Europe and migrated westwards.

Weathered face of ‘old man’ Neanderthal comes to life in amazing new facial reconstruction
8th November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new facial reconstruction depicts a Neanderthal whose skeleton was found by priests in a French cave.

6th November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans

According to the researchers, the pyramid is a mausoleum complex for a ruler from the Begazı Dandibay culture, a late Bronze Age culture that flourished during the last phase of the Andronovo period (2000–1150 BC).

Image by: Sanjay Rao (Wiki Commons)

In a Jedi-like feat, rats can move a digital object using just their brain
5th November 2023 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Like tiny, hairy Yodas raising X-wings from a swamp, rats can lift digital cubes and drop them near a target. But these rats aren’t using the Force. Instead, they are using their imagination. See the study here.

Giant Pyramid Buried in Indonesia Could Be The Oldest in The World
5th November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans

A giant underground pyramid hidden beneath a hillside in Indonesia far outdates Stonehenge or the Giza Pyramids and may come to rival the oldest megalithic structures ever built by human hands. See the study here.

The genetic heritage of the Denisovans may have left its mark on our mental health
2nd November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans

The study reveals that the genetic variant observed, which affects zinc regulation, could have signified an evolutionary advantage in our ancestors’ adaptation to the cold.

‘Very much like us’: festival reveals secrets of building Stonehenge
2nd November 2023 | | Ancient, Humans

It is often thought of as something not of this world, a magical, mystical place. But the Festival of Neolithic Ideas at Stonehenge will take a more scientific look at the great circle and the landscape it sits within.

Emotional breakthroughs and ego dissolution boost expectations of psilocybin’s antidepressant effects
2nd November 2023 | | Humans, Misc.

People who have used psilocybin hold strong expectations about its antidepressant effects, with those experiencing higher levels of mystical experiences, emotional breakthroughs, and ego dissolution holding greater expectations, according to new research published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

A New Study Reveals the Astonishing Way the Great Sphinx in Egypt Actually Formed
31st October 2023 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

In a 1981 Smithsonian Magazine article, geologist Farouk El-Baz theorizes that the ancient Egyptians didn’t create the sphinx from scratch, like the pyramids, but that desert winds formed the overall contours of the sphinx and the ancient stonemasons gave the rock a celestial facelift. Now, scientists from New York University have tested that theory…See the study here.

Burial suggests dingoes had ‘almost-human status’ in First Nations communities
30th October 2023 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

An archaeological site south of Sydney has investigated 2,000-year-old dingo bones, buried alongside, and in the same way, as the Indigenous people of the area. The research has been published in PLOS One.

Regular participants in ayahuasca ceremonies report better well-being and a healthier lifestyle than the average person, study finds
30th October 2023 | | Ancient, Humans

A study in the Netherlands reported that regular participants in ayahuasca ceremonies have better general well-being, fewer chronic or lifestyle-related diseases, more physical activity, and a more balanced diet compared to the general population of the Netherlands. The study was published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

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