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Ancient Catacombs On Malta Reveal Christians, Jews, And Pagans Were Buried Together
2nd October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Malta has always been a way-station on journeys between Africa and southern Europe, with extraordinary diversity in its past and current inhabitants.

Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years
2nd October 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Humans did not accelerate the decline of the ‘Green Sahara’ and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by around 500 years, according to new research led by UCL.

Prehistoric art hints at lost Indian civilisation
2nd October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of rock carvings believed to be tens of thousands of years old in India’s western state of Maharashtra has greatly excited archaeologists who believe they hold clues to a previously unknown civilisation.

Neanderthals Used Their Hands for Precision, Not Just Power
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Neanderthals have long been associated with brutish behavior, but a new study adds to the growing body of literature that challenges this stereotype.

Ice age discovery may reveal early migration route of first Americans
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Islands along the coastline were seemingly ice-free 17,700 years ago, so an early route along the coastline of Canada might have been viable well before an alternative, inland route.

Alaska declares emergency for Native American languages
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Governor Bill Walker aims to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous tongues in the state before they die out.

Humans braved Australia’s hostile desert interior thousands of years earlier than thought
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Humans trekked into Australia’s vast, harsh Western Desert almost 50,000 years ago—10,000 years earlier than thought and just a few thousand years after people first arrived on the continent, a new study suggests.

Archaeologists discover ‘massive’ ancient building in Egypt
28th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the building is likely part of the residential block of the area, which was the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of a devastating European disease
28th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Comparison with modern strains offers glimpses of the pathogen’s evolutionary history.

Ancient Egyptian ‘Magic Spell’ Deciphered
26th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

An ancient Egyptian papyrus with an image showing two bird-like creatures, possibly with a penis connecting them, has been deciphered, revealing a magic spell of love.

26th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

There is something comforting and joyous about prehistoric figurines depicting women, particularly the small, curvy ones, so welcoming in the abundance of their forms.

Addiction genes inserted into humans’ ‘dark DNA’ by ancient viruses, study finds
26th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Human genome ‘littered’ with viral DNA but problem drug users three times more likely to carry genetic fragments in regions which control reward centres and addictive behaviour.

A Magnificent Roman Cemetery That Dates Back 2,000 Years Has Been Discovered In Lincolnshire, England
26th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Sixty graves, ancient pottery and a villa have been excavated at this ancient Roman cemetery in Lincolnshire.

Humanity is on ‘the highway to digital dictatorship’, says Yuval Noah Harari
26th September 2018 | | Humans, Tech

The author of worldwide bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus says our free will is at stake. We talk to Yuval Noah Harari about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

24th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Native Americans are wary of disclosing traditional knowledge, because doing so risks opening a door to exploitation that can undermine tribal values, harm their resources, or fail to provide benefits in return.

The North American Indian by Edward S Curtis – in pictures
24th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

One of the earliest complete versions of Curtis’s early 20th-century work will be offered for auction in its original binding in New York on 18 October, with an estimate of $1m-$1.5m.

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