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2,000-Year-Old Killer Whale Geoglyph Found in Peru Desert
28th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Archaeologists rediscovered a giant geoglyph of a killer whale, etched into a desert hillside in the remote Palpa region of southern Peru, after it had been lost to science for more than 50 years.

Fire, not corn was key to prehistoric survival in the arid Southwest USA
28th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Conventional wisdom holds that prehistoric villagers planted corn, and lots of it, to survive the dry and hostile conditions of the American Southwest. But professor Alan Sullivan is challenging that idea, arguing that people routinely burned the understory of forests to grow wild crops 1,000 years ago.

Archaeologists find ‘oldest school in the world’ in Israel
28th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe was a prehistoric school, where the ancestors of modern humans taught their children how to survive by manufacturing flint instruments and dismembering animals, 400,000 years ago.

Space Dust Could Help Life Jump from Planet to Planet
27th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Fast-moving dust could theoretically knock microbes floating high up in a world’s atmosphere out into space, potentially sending the bugs on a trip to another planet — perhaps even one orbiting a different star, says a new study.

27th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Next month, 3200 Phaethon will zoom by at 6.2 million miles from Earth, which, in space terms, is nearly too close for comfort.

Discovery of 7000-year-old Egyptian city could shed light on Nile Valley’s earliest civilisations
27th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the ruins of an ancient city and an adjoining cemetery that date back 7000 years to 5,316 BCE. According to a statement by the antiquities ministry, the site can be traced back to Egypt’s First Dynasty.

The German Town Encrusted With Diamonds
27th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

It was, in fact, a violent and otherworldly event – an asteroid strike that hit 15 million years ago – that led to the strange reality of Nördlingen becoming Germany’s diamond-clad town.

‘Indiana Joan’: 95-year-old accused of looting Middle East tombs
27th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

A 95-year-old Australian woman has found herself at the centre of an international row over her collection of ancient Middle Eastern artefacts.

What Makes Us Human? Dopamine and the Cerebellum Hold Clues
27th November 2017 | | Humans

A groundbreaking project unearths small but distinct evolutionary differences related to dopamine production in the neocortex and gene expression in the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”) that appear to make the human brain unique.

Secret Passageway To Cenote Found Beneath Chichen Itza Pyramid
24th November 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Great Mayan Aquifer Research Project team led by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda, has been investigating a labyrinth of tunnels inside the Mesoamerican step-pyramid, which has led to the passage presumed to be the pathway to an unexplored underwater cave below.

2,000 Year Old Inkstone Offers New Proof Of Japan’s Earliest Writing
24th November 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Experts believe the artifact, almost-perfectly shaped but broken in two pieces, is an approximately 2,000-year-old “suzuri” inkstone, making it the first discovery of an inkstone bearing ink and retaining its shape.

Pharaonic carpentry workshop discovered in Upper Egypt’s Aswan
24th November 2017 | Ancient, Humans

Containing many woodworking tools such as axes, the uncovered workshop has been said to date back to the reign of King Thutmose III and the early rule of King Amenhotep II of the 18th Dynasty, some 3,500 years ago. The axe is of particular importance as it is the first Syrian-style axe discovered in Egypt so far, hinting at the strong relations between Egypt and Syria in ancient history.

Ancient DNA Explains How Chickens Got To The Americas
24th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Chickens were likely first domesticated about 5,400 years ago in Southeast Asia, although archaeological evidence of wild chickens goes back even further, to a 12,000-year-old site in northern China. One of the main research questions, however, remains: how did they get to the Americas?

This Thanksgiving, Native Americans will be insulted in the most offensive way possible
23rd November 2017 | | Humans

The National Football League has scheduled a high-profile game between the New York Giants and Washington DC’s football team, which uses a disgusting racial slur against Native Americans who have been oppressed for generations.

400,000-year-old ‘School of Rock’ Found in Prehistoric Cave in Israel
23rd November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Flint tool school? Rocks that hominin kids seem to have practiced on, found in Qesem Cave in Israel, suggest that modern humans may have developed much earlier than thought

Rare 400-Year-Old Map Traces Indigenous Roots in Mexico
23rd November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

A rare, indigenous-made map of Mexico from the era of the Nahuatl people’s first contact with Europeans is now in the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

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