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Ancient DNA tells tales of humans’ migrant history
22nd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The new flood of genetic information represents a “coming of age” for the nascent field of ancient DNA.

First 3-D morphometric study of the molars of Sima de los Huesos
22nd February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Despite the notable affinities with Homo neanderthalensis, the population of Sima de los Huesos displays lower intra-population variability and has certain features even more derived than the Neanderthals themselves.

The Indonesian tribe that rejects technology
22nd February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The Baduy tribe from Banten in Indonesia practise seclusion and reject all modern technology to protect their ancient traditions.

Secret to Great Pyramid’s Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found
21st February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An archaeologist has figured out how the Egyptians may have aligned the monument almost perfectly along the cardinal points, north-south-east-west — they may have used the fall equinox.

Supercritical fluids bring the past to life: Extracting lipids from archeological ceramic pottery
21st February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Identifying the specific lipids in residues can help indicate what the pots held, what they were used for and what kind of food ancient populations ate.

Falcon Heavy May Have Drastically Increased the Number of Asteroids We Can Mine
21st February 2018 | | Space, Tech

Asteroid mining is about more than just heading up into space and bringing back a rock full of platinum—you actually need to land something on just the right asteroid.

The Psychedelic Tale of Terence McKenna’s Forgotten Music About DMT
20th February 2018 | Humans, Tech

In collaboration with the synth explorers Zuvuya, the “Timothy Leary of the 90s” made two albums nearly as hallucinatory as the psychedelic substance that drove his work.

Laser scanning reveals ‘lost’ ancient Mexican city ‘had as many buildings as Manhattan’
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

If you do the maths, all of a sudden you are talking about 40,000 building foundations, which is about the same number of building foundations that are on the island of Manhattan.

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that Homo erectus might have been a mariner – complete with sailing lingo.

‘Loneliest tree’ records human epoch
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

It’s been dubbed “the loneliest tree on the planet” because of its remote location, but the Sitka spruce might represent something quite profound about the age in which we live.

Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

‘Molecular clock’ methodology combines evidence on the genetic differences between living species and fossil constraints on the age of their shared ancestors, to establish an evolutionary timescale that sees through gaps in the fossil record.


Things We Still Don’t Know: Did Neanderthals Make Art?
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

This August, Neanderthal experts from around the world will gather in Torino, Italy for the first ever NeanderART conference to review the evidence for and against Neanderthals as artists.

Five surprising things DNA has revealed about our ancestors
19th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Rapid advances in genetic sequencing over the past few decades have opened up a whole new window into the past.

A.I. is ready to advise us on how to best protect Earth from deadly asteroids
17th February 2018 | | Space, Tech

A new algorithm called “Deflector Selector” is designed to weigh up different possible solutions to deal with the possibility of a deadly asteroid heading in Earth’s direction.

A new theory claims Homo sapiens beat out Neanderthals because of art
17th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

There was a time when our ancestors’ survival was inextricably linked with their ability to create images.

Discovery of Windsor Neolithic monument excites archaeologists
11th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A Neolithic monument has been discovered less than two miles from Windsor Castle. Dating from 5,500 years ago, it is one of the earliest known examples of monument-building in Britain.

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