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New Evidence Shows How Asteroid Dust Cloud May Have Sparked New Life on Earth 470m Years Ago
14th October 2019 | theguardian.com | Earth, Space, Tech

Isotope found in seabed sediment points to clash of solar bodies near Mars, study suggests.

Ancient Egyptian ‘Industrial Zone’ Uncovered in Luxor’s Valley of the Monkeys
14th October 2019 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

New archaeological discoveries in Luxor highlight a remarkable “industrial zone” in which workers manufactured items for royal tombs.

Laser-Scanning Tech Uncovers Huge Network of Ancient Mayan Farms
14th October 2019 | nbcnews.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech
The findings show how the ancient civilization adapted farming practices in the face of environmental challenges.
How Differences in the Genetic ‘Instruction Booklet’ Between Humans and Neanderthals Influenced Traits
10th October 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new ability to study changes in the on/off “instructions” for genes helps identify differences that fossils alone cannot tell us.

1,000 Lost Ancient Sites Found on Scottish Island
10th October 2019 | scotsman.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A cutting-edge archaeological project using innovative technology has revealed around 1,000 previously unknown archaeological sites on the Isle of Arran. Heritage chiefs believe “tens of thousands” more sites could be found using the technology.

Early Humans Stored Bone Narrow Like Tins of Soup 400,000 Years Ago
10th October 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Previously, scientists thought Paleolithic people lived a hand-to-mouth existence but this research shows they were sophisticated enough to preserve meat using bones like we use modern-day cans.

Scorched Ancient Scrolls Could be Made Readable Once Again
9th October 2019 bigthink.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Ancient volcanic charred scrolls written in a dead language made readable again. They were discovered in what’s believed to be the only intact library from antiquities.

Ancient Egyptian Artifacts Unearthed in Indonesia
7th October 2019 | egyptindependent.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Residents of Ogan Komering Ilir in South Sumatra, Indonesia, have found ancient gold and jewelry artifacts, some of which are Egyptian artifacts dating back to centuries ago.

Discovery of Ancient Tools in Sri Lanka Sheds Light on Evolution
7th October 2019 nypost.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Their existence of microliths at Fa Hien Cave suggests a range of “more diverse ecological contexts” for their use by Homo sapiens, researchers believe.

Hyena Poo Tells All: Humans Competed With Carnivores for Cave Space
2nd October 2019 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Human occupation of Denisova Cave seems to have been sporadic, despite the plethora of tool fragments. And those early humans who took refuge there may have used fire less than expected.

Tons of Water in Asteroids Could Fuel Satellites, Space Exploration
30th September 2019 | space.com | Humans, Space, Tech

The water locked in asteroids near Earth could fill around 320,000 Olympics-size swimming pools—significantly more than the amount of water locked up at the lunar poles.

Scientists Use Fossilised Finger Bone DNA to Rebuild Ancient Human
21st September 2019 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Unprecedented feat reveals little-known Denisovans resembled Neanderthals but had ‘super-wide’ skulls.

International Space Agencies Are Going to Smash a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid
21st September 2019 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Space, Tech

The reason: to test whether a spacecraft impact can deflect an asteroid’s trajectory, as a means to protect Earth from rogue space rocks.

A Race to Rescue Frozen Artefacts
21st September 2019 | bbc.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

As the world warms up, archaeologists are discovering that some of the most fascinating glimpses of prehistoric life are melting from ice.

Dainty 500,000-Year-Old Blades Show Man Used Finesse to Chow Down on Elephants
21st September 2019 | timesofisrael.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Tel Aviv University team shows early man intentionally upcycled flint byproducts of stone knapping to efficiently butcher elephants and suck the marrow out of life.

‘They are barbaric’: Turkey Prepares to Flood 12,000-Year-Old City to Build Dam
18th September 2019 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The ancient settlement of Hasankeyf will soon be submerged as part of a controversial dam project – despite residents’ protests.

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