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‘A goldmine’: mummies’ secrets uncovered in Egypt
17th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Deep below the sands of the Saqqara necropolis, archaeologists have uncovered a unique discovery they say reveals the secrets of the ancient Egyptian mummies.

Could DNA prove that ancient Egyptians visited Ireland?
17th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Legends and archaeological finds suggest ancient Egyptians once visited Ireland. Could DNA findings answer long-held questions regarding a possible link between ancient Egyptians and the Emerald Isle?

Common struggle: Black Lives Matter leader talks of painful parallels with Indigenous Australia
17th July 2018 | | Humans

Countries can acknowledge their histories without being captive to them, says Hawk Newsome, who is visiting Sydney.

Who were the first Americans? Ancient tools dug up in Texas add to the debate
15th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new archaeological find suggests that humans inhabited America, specifically parts of what is known today as Texas, as far back as 21,700 years ago.

Early human evolution was ‘multi-ethnic and multicultural’, scientists say
15th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

New analysis challenges traditional view of humanity’s origins and suggests many populations of primitive people developed across Africa.

Native Americans who protested Dakota Access get handed the longest prison sentences
15th July 2018 | Humans

Three protesters accept plea deals to avoid likely unfair trials in North Dakota.

Can a Laugh Be Inherited? How Genes Define Who We Are
15th July 2018 | | Humans

Genetically speaking, we get what we get. But someday we might be able to program our genetic futures, and then it’s a whole new ballgame.

Archaeologists prepare to open huge granite sarcophagus in Egypt
12th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The sarcophagus has become a source of excitement because a layer of mortar between the body and the lid indicates its contents have lain undisturbed since it was buried.

Ancient Humans Lived in China 2.1 Million Years Ago
12th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of stone tools—the oldest ever found outside of Africa—dramatically shifts the story of hominin migration, researchers say.

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists
12th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers say it is time to drop the idea that modern humans originated from a single population in a single location.

Mexico earthquake leads to discovery of ancient temple
12th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The temple is nestled inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, 70km south of Mexico City. It is thought to date back to 1150 and to belong to the Tlahuica culture, one of the Aztec peoples living in central Mexico.

The study of neanderthals’ tartar reveals the widespread consumption of plants as a subsistence strategy
10th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

This research shows that the use of plants was a widespread, deeply-rooted subsistence strategy of the Neanderthals.

Two-headed ancient Egyptian mummy shown to public for 1st time
10th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A mummy from ancient Egypt combining the heads of a girl and a crocodile was photographed for the first time. The mummy has been hidden from the public eye for more than a century.

Why Do Yellowstone National Park Landmarks Honor Murderers?
10th July 2018 | | Humans

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association has put in an application to change Hayden Valley to Buffalo Nations Valley — and to change Mount Doane to First Peoples Mountain.

Polish Archaeologists Find Medieval ‘Witch’ Skeleton
10th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The skeleton had holes drilled in her bones so she couldn’t rise from the dead. In Poland, women accused of witchcraft were reportedly typically the lovers or wives of wealthy members of society.

Coming soon to a lab near you? Genetically modified cannabis
10th July 2018 | | Earth, Humans

Scientists might be able to draw from new sources of cannabis compounds for research.

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