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10,000-Year-Old Crayon May Hold Clues to Stone Age Creativity
31st January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Long before Crayola invented its signature crayons—some 10,000 years, in fact—Stone Age hunter-gatherers fashioned a very early prototype.

Northern European population history revealed by ancient human genomes
31st January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Analysis of ancient DNA found that Scandinavia was settled by hunter-gatherers via a southern and a northern route, and reveals that agriculture was likely introduced by migrating agriculturalists.

30th January 2018 | Ancient, Humans

New evidence strongly suggests that language is learned in brain systems that are also used for many other purposes and even pre-existed humans, say researchers.

Australia Day’s date will not change while I’m prime minister, Turnbull says
30th January 2018 | | Humans

PM questions why government should be ‘bullied’ by ‘a tiny minority’ of people who want to move date from 26 January.

For Paleoanthropology, Dawn of Another Annus Horribilis
30th January 2018 | Ancient, Humans

It looks like paleoanthropologists will not get much relief from the 2017 annus horribilis (Bechly 2017) in the new year. Two big stories have already hit the news in January.

Indian Sacred Texts and the Logic of Computer Ethics
29th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Can we teach ethical behaviour to machines? Computer Scientists in Vienna are studying ancient Sanskrit texts and using the tools of mathematical logic to describe ethical rules.

10,000-year-old Middle Stone Age ‘crayon’ used to paint animal skin discovered in England
29th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The reddish-brown crayon was found in England at a site called Star Carr in Scarborough, Yorkshire, near what was once Lake Flixton.

Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America
28th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

2,000 years ago, people domesticated these plants. Now they’re wild weeds. What happened?

Archaeologists Find Oldest Human Remains Out of Africa, From Nearly 200,000 Years Ago
28th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of a prehistoric human jawbone in a cave near Haifa pushes back the clock on the evolution of Homo sapiens and our ancestors’ first exodus out of Africa.

65,000 people want the Aboriginal flag to fly every day on the Harbour Bridge
28th January 2018 | | Humans

On Australia Day 2017, Cheree Toka started a campaign calling for the Aboriginal flag to fly every day on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

We’re One Step Closer to Non-Invasively Reading Ancient Papyri Hidden in Mummy Masks
28th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers at the University College of London are working to find a way to read the ancient scraps without destroying the artefacts in the process.

Ancient Human Genomes Reveal Complicated Split into Europeans and Asians
28th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

There were at least two periods of time where Neanderthals and humans interbred: one event 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, and another more than 37,000 years ago.

Researchers find first evidence of sub-Saharan Africa glassmaking
25th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Scholars have found the first direct evidence that glass was produced in Sub-Saharan Africa centuries before the arrival of Europeans, thus representing a new chapter in the history of glass technology.

The Evolution of Round Brains Ushered in the ‘Human Revolution’
25th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

New research suggests early Homo sapiens brains entered the range of modern human brain size as early as 300,000 years ago, but its globular, round features emerged only 40,000 years ago.

Ethiopia could be sitting on one of world’s great untapped gold deposits
25th January 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Much more treasure might be buried under the surface of this east African country than was previously thought.

Channel 4 will reveal the face of ‘Cheddar Man’ – world’s oldest Brit – in new special
25th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A documentary will unveil a prototype of the face of the first British man by analysing the DNA of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, in the UK’s most ambitious and cutting-edge Ancient DNA project to date.

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