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2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Taken To Hospital For Medical Testing

Syracuse's Crouse Hospital performed medical tests on its oldest patient ever on Sunday. A 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy was brought in for a CT scan.

Ancient December 12, 2017

Early Humans Migrated Out Of Africa 60,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

New discoveries show modern humans have likely dispersed into the Asian continent 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers said that the "Out of Africa" human migration theory may need to be revised.

Ancient December 11, 2017

World's Oldest Eye Discovered In 530-Million-Year-Old Trilobite Fossil

The fossilized remains of a 530-million-year-old trilobite was found to contain the world's oldest preserved eyes ever discovered. Amazingly, researchers found merely small diferences betwen primitive and modern eyes.

Ancient December 9, 2017

Little Foot: South Africa Unveils 3.6 Million-Year-Old Skeleton Of Young Girl

A 3.6 million-year-old skeleton belonging to an early human ancestor was unveiled in South Africa. The fossil belonged to Little Foot, a young female.

Ancient December 7, 2017

Scientists Discover New Aquatic Dinosaur That Looked Like A Duck But Had Claws And Teeth Like A Crocodile

Scientists have discovered a strange dinosaur that combined certain traits of ducks, swans, penguins, crocodiles, and Velociraptors. The new species, named Halszka, lived 75 million years ago and is believed to have spent most of its days in the water.

Ancient December 7, 2017

Bronze Age Iron Tools Used Metal From Space

Bronze Age artifacts revealed nickel levels and ratio of iron to cobalt that suggest these were made using metals from meteorites. The metal state of meteoric iron may also explain why it was used in the Bronze Age.

Ancient December 6, 2017

Paleontologists Recover More Mammoth Bones From Michigan Site

Two years after the discovery of the Bristle Mammoth, University of Michigan paleontologists were able to return to the site for a two-day dig. They found 40 additional bones that could give clues to life in ancient Michigan.

Ancient December 2, 2017

Particle Accelerator Reveals Objects Buried With An Ancient Egyptian Mummy

Researchers used the Advanced Photon Source particle accelerator to unveil the mysteries of a mummy without the risk of damaging it. What did the researchers find in the body?

Ancient November 30, 2017

45-Million-Year Old Finger And Toe Fossils From China Suggests Early Human Ancestors Came From Asia

The fossils of nearly 500 tiny fingers and toes of primates, dating back to 45 million years ago, was recently detailed by researchers. The findings have suggested that the early ancestors of humans came from Asia.

Ancient November 13, 2017

Living Fossil: Prehistoric Shark From Age Of Dinosaurs Caught Off Portugal Coast

A prehistoric shark caught off the Portugal coast can give more insight into the species known as frilled sharks. The sharks are called living fossil because their evolution has remained unchanged for 80 million years.

Ancient November 12, 2017

World's Oldest Wine: Ancient Jars In Georgia Hold Evidence Of 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking

Ancient pottery fragments found in two archaeological sites in Georgia have traces of tartaric acid, a chemical fingerprint of grapes. What other evidences show the Eurasian country is home of the earliest winemakers?

Ancient November 14, 2017

145 Million-Year-Old Rat Teeth Offer Clues On Origins Of Modern Mammals

A student recently uncovered two ancient teeth in England that belong to rat-like creatures that lived 145 million years ago. Scientists say the creatures are the oldest known ancestors of modern mammals, including human beings.

Ancient November 7, 2017

Scientists May Have Found Missing Link Chemical That Led To Life On Earth

The origin of life is one of the biggest questions scientists have been trying to answer. Now, some chemists believe a chemical called DAP may be the link to explain the beginning of primitive Earth.

Ancient November 7, 2017

'Assassin's Creed Origins' Predicted Newly-Discovered Hidden Chamber In Egypt’s Great Pyramid Of Giza

The newly discovered chamber deep in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza appears to have long been built into 'Assassin's Creed: Origins'. How did the game developers predict the existence of this hidden void?

Ancient November 5, 2017

Lone Male Mammoths More Risk-Taking, Fell Into More Traps Than Females

Researchers find that 7 out of 10 woolly mammoth remains from Siberia were of males. This suggests a matriarchal social structure of mammoths, much like modern-day elephants.

Ancient November 3, 2017

Scientists Discover Mysterious Big Void In Great Pyramid Of Giza: Here's How They Did It

Archaeologists have found a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The discovery of the void was made with the help of cosmic ray imaging.

Ancient November 3, 2017

Human Migration Into Europe May Have Led To Neanderthal Extinction

The slow migration of humans from Africa to Europe brought about the eventual doom of Neanderthals, according to a new study. Moreover, the research suggests that Neanderthals would have become extinct irrespective of humans' evolutionary advantage or climate change.

Ancient November 2, 2017

Scientists Pinpoint Date Of Oldest Solar Eclipse Recorded: Here's Why This New Calculation Is Significant

A research team has been able to identify the earliest recorded date for a solar eclipse. The finding, which may have an implication on the timeline of the ancient world, was based on a Biblical text that has long puzzled researchers.

Ancient October 30, 2017

LOOK: This 6000-Year-Old Human Skull Belonged To Oldest Known Tsunami Victim

An ancient skull found in Papua New Guinea in 1929 is believed to be the world's oldest known tsunami victim. Where is the rest of its body?

Ancient October 28, 2017

Jurassic Ichtyhosaur Fossil Found In India For The First Time

The first almost-complete Jurassic ichthyosaur fossil was found in the Kachchh Region of Gujarat, India. Though the skull and tail are incomplete, the ancient marine reptile was likely 5.5 meters long.

Ancient October 27, 2017

Prehistoric Ape Teeth Found In Germany May Rewrite Human History

Ancient teeth were found from the sediments of a river near Eppelsheim, Germany. The teeth are believed to be from a yet-to-be-described mystery primate.

Ancient October 25, 2017

Google Earth Reveals Nearly 400 Ancient Stone Gates In Saudi Arabia

Archaeologists have discovered around 400 ancient manmade structures in Saudi Arabia. The purpose of these edifices referred to as 'gates', however, is still mysterious.

Ancient October 24, 2017

9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth From Unidentified Ancient Primate Found In Germany

Researchers found teeth believed to belong to a mystery primate that could be very distant relatives of humans. However, experts are not convinced that this is another link in the human evolution mystery.

Ancient October 21, 2017

Last Common Ancestor Of Humans And Apes As Small As Gibbons

Researchers of a new study found that a gibbon-sized primate was likely the last common ancestor of humans and apes, not a chimpanzee-sized primate. The new research sheds light into the complex human family tree.

Ancient October 15, 2017

Early Humans Formed Social Networks To Avoid Inbreeding

Genome sequencing suggests that the 34,000-year-old remains at the Sunghir site in Russia were from individuals that are second cousins. This suggests that unlike other hominin species, these ancient humans avoided inbreeding.

Ancient October 6, 2017

Blame This Hominin Species For Giving Modern Humans Genital Herpes

Scientists have identified the hominin species responsible for passing genital herpes to our ancient human ancestors. Here's how the virus possibly managed to jump the species barriers.

Ancient October 2, 2017

Skeleton Shows Neanderthal Kids Grew Up Like Modern Human Children

The skeleton of a 7-year-old Neanderthal child revealed that kids of the extinct human species grew up similar to modern humans. Researchers also noted "subtle differences" in growth and development.

Ancient September 24, 2017

This Ancient Frog Had Jaws Strong Enough To Eat Small Dinosaurs And Crocodiles

A team of researchers has estimated that the jaws of the Beelzebufo ampinga were strong enough to allow the ancient creature to eat small dinosaurs and crocodiles. The so-called 'devil frog' used to live in Madagascar and is thankfully extinct.

Ancient September 21, 2017

DNA Confirms Female Viking Warrior Buried In Sweden Grave

DNA tests offer the first evidence that female Viking warriors did exist. The Viking warrior buried in a Sweden grave was a high-ranking officer with knowledge of tactics and strategy.

Ancient September 11, 2017

Scientists Unravel Secret Of Stain In 800-Year Old Vatican Scroll

The complete story of Laurentius Loricatus is kept in an 800-year-old parchment that has incurred mysterious purple stains. Scientists have now identified the bacteria responsible for the damages.

Ancient September 8, 2017

5.7-Million-Year-Old Human-Like Footprints From Greece Challenge Human Evolution Timeline

A new study describes the discovery of strikingly human-like 5.7-million-year-old footprints in Greece. Could this be evidence of early humans in Greece or of an unknown human-like primate species?

Ancient September 3, 2017

Skeleton From Cave In Mexico Could Be Oldest Human Remains In Americas

Excellently preserved skeletal remains were found by divers in an underwater cave in the Yucatan Peninsula. Despite difficulties in carbon dating, they found that the remains are likely 11,300 to 13,000 years old.

Ancient September 1, 2017

Ancient Babylon Tablet Holds World's Oldest Trigonometry Table

The Babylonian clay tablet called Plimpton 322 has now been revealed as an ancient trigonometric table. Although it is over 3,000 years old, its mathematical merits still have prospects for improving the modern world.

Ancient August 25, 2017

This 100-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Still Looks ‘Like New’ And Edible

A 100-year-old fruitcake that still looks excellent is among the latest Antarctic artifacts discovered and conserved by experts. Learn more about this interesting piece of history from the Terra Nova expedition from 1910 to 1913.

Ancient August 11, 2017

Ancient Ape Skull Sheds Light On Common Ancestors Of Humans And Apes

A lemon-sized skull discovered in Kenya belonged to Nyanzapithecus alesi, an extinct sister group of apes and humans. The fossil revealed that the group was close to the origins of living apes and humans.

Ancient August 10, 2017

Fossil Reveals Newly Described Dinosaur Species Used Camouflage

An accidental fossil find in Alberta has finally been identified as a new species of dinosaur. Researchers find that the Borealopelta markmitchelli may have used camouflage to avoid predators.

Ancient August 4, 2017

Scientists Find Evidence That Ancient Canaanites Survive Today: Was The Bible Wrong?

Ancient Canaanites were annihilated according to a passage in the Old Testament, but the Bible may be mistaken. Archaeologists have found evidence of Canaanite DNA in modern-day Lebanese.

Ancient July 28, 2017

Boy Finds 1.2 million-year-old Stegomastodon Bones: Other Chance Prehistoric Fossil Discoveries

A 9-year-old kid from New Mexico literally stumbled upon a 1.2 million-year-old stegomastodon fossil while playing with his siblings. Here are some other incredible and interesting accidental fossil finds.

Ancient July 23, 2017

Here’s How 9-Year-Old Boy Finds Million-Year-Old Fossil In New Mexico

During a family hike, then 9-year-old Jude Sparks stumbled on an Ice Age fossil by accident: a stegomastodon skull. Learn about how the family helped identify the ancient remains, now excavated and being studied.

Ancient July 20, 2017

New Study Indicates That Humans Lived Alongside Australia's Megafauna

A recently discovered collection of relics has revealed that people settled in Australia 20,000 years before they did in Europe. It was also discovered that humans lived alongside Australia's megafauna.

Ancient July 20, 2017

Saliva Protein Suggests Ancient Human 'Ghost' Species Interbred With Ancestors Of Modern-Day Sub-Saharan African People

The ancestors of people who now live in Sub-Saharan Africa interbred with a 'ghost' species of hominin, analysis of the saliva protein MUC7 revealed. What is this 'ghost' ancient human species?

Ancient July 22, 2017

Neanderthal DNA Points To Proof Of Little-Known Ancient Human Migration

Neanderthal DNA from a femur offers scientists proof that a small human group left Africa and disappeared long before the ancient human migration that spearheaded modern human population. Learn more about the new piece of the puzzle.

Ancient July 5, 2017

Modified Human Skulls Discovered In Turkey Provide Evidence Of ‘Skull Cult’

Researchers from the German Archaeological Institute unearthed hundreds of human skull fragments in an ancient temple in Turkey. Stone carvings suggest evidence of a skull cult.

Ancient June 30, 2017

Egyptian Mummy's Wooden Toe Is One Of Oldest Prosthetics Found

A 3,000-year-old toe prosthesis found in an Egyptian tomb is made of wood and has lifelike appearance. What does the ancient wooden toe reveal about its user?

Ancient June 23, 2017

99-Million-Year-Old Bird Found Preserved In Amber In Myanmar

The most completely preserved remains of a 99-million-year-old bird was found encased in a Burmese amber. The toothed baby bird provided researchers with evidence of its independence at just a few days old.

Ancient June 9, 2017

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