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Scientists Figure Out How Human Brains Became 6 Times Larger Than Expected

Humans have larger brains than other animals but scientists have always struggled to learn why that is. Scientists now say that they have figured out how and why human brains became so large.

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How A Robot Discovered The 300-Year-Old 'Holy Grail Of Shipwrecks' With $17B In Treasure

An autonomous underwater vehicle called Remus 6000 found the San Jose, known as the 'Holy Grail of shipwrecks.' The 300-year-old ship holds treasure valued up to $17 billion.

Ancient May 23, 2018

Discovery Of Ancient Human Bones In Denmark Suggests A ‘Barbarian-on-barbarian’ War Took Place In Northern Europe

A team of archeologists found ancient human bones in a wetland in Denmark. The finding suggested that barbarian tribes fought among each other in a yet recorded battle that took place in the first century A.D.

Ancient May 22, 2018

How Did Dinosaurs Hatch Their Eggs Without Crushing Them? Carefully, Researchers Say

Researchers believe that they have figured out how dinosaurs hatched their eggs without crushing them, beyond the answer of 'carefully.' Scientists were able to understand the incubating behavior of oviraptorosaurs by studying 40 fossils of their nests.

Ancient May 16, 2018

Autistic Trait In Early Humans Linked To Ice Age Art Revolution

Experts concluded that early humans with autistic trait led an art revolution during the Ice Age. Their ability to focus on detail, an aptitude attributed to people with autism, also helped them create complex hunting tools for their survival.

Ancient May 16, 2018

Homo Naledi Skull Reveals Hominin Had Human-Like Brain

New findings emerged that the relatively small brain of Homo naledi had a complex organization. This challenges the theory of ancient human evolution placing Homo sapiens as the ancestor of modern humans.

Ancient May 15, 2018

Lead Pollution Found In Greenland Ice Core Shows Lead Emissions From Ancient Greeks And Romans

Lead pollution trapped in ice cores taken from Greenland shows mining operations from the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman empires. This shows the economic vitality of the empires by how much lead is found in the ice.

Ancient May 14, 2018

Geneticists Are Growing Miniature Brains From Human Stem Cells Engineered With Neanderthal DNA

A team of geneticists from the Max Planck Institute in Germany genetically altered human stem cells by combining them with Neanderthal DNA. The team hoped to grow miniature brains from these engineered human stem cells.

Ancient May 14, 2018

New Study Suggests Leprosy Began To Spread From Europe To The World

Scientists have turned to ancient DNA to retrace the history and origins of leprosy. In the biggest study to date, they found that both humans and squirrels may have played a role in the transmission of the disease in Europe.

Ancient May 11, 2018

Tourists In Utah Throw Dinosaur Tracks Into Lake Thinking That They're Regular Rocks

Tourists in a park in Utah threw what they thought were regular rocks into a lake but those rocks turned out to be ancient dinosaur tracks. The tracks were already damaged before they threw them into the lake.

Ancient May 10, 2018

Nefertiti Tomb Mystery Remains With New Research Saying Tutankhamun ‘Secret Chamber’ Is Nonexistent

A new study presented at the fourth Tutankhamun International Conference disproved the previous hypothesis that Queen Nefertiti’s tomb is found in hidden chambers within Tutankhamun’s tomb. The study was presented by Francesco Porcelli of the Polytechnic University of Turin.

Ancient May 7, 2018

Utah Family Discovers Nearly 16,000-Year-Old Horse Skeleton In Backyard

A family in Utah was in shock to find a horse skeleton buried in their backyard. According to paleontologists, the horse skeleton could be 14,000 to 16,000 years old.

Ancient May 3, 2018

11-Year-Old Tennessee Girl Discovers 475-Million-Year-Old Fossil Of A Trilobite Near A Lake

A young girl discovered the fossil of a 475-million-year-old trilobite near a lake in Tennessee. A professor from the University of Tennessee confirmed the discovery.

Ancient May 3, 2018

How The Bones Of An Ancient Rhino Placed Humans In The Philippines 700000 Years Ago

Scientists recently discovered the fossilized skeleton of a rhinoceros in the Philippines from 700,000 years ago. It is likely that early humans were on the island at that time.

Ancient May 2, 2018

Largest Child Sacrifice In History Found In Ancient Mass Grave In Peru

A group of archaeologists, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society, found what they believed could be the largest child sacrifice site in history. The ancient mass grave they found also included skeletal remains of baby llamas.

Ancient April 28, 2018

Giant Wooden Sculpture Unearthed In 1894 Found To Be Over 11,000 Years Old

Researchers have dated the Shigir Idol at over 11,000 years old despite previous controversy regarding its age. Does this mean that hunter-gatherers were quite the artists?

Ancient April 27, 2018

Footprints Traced Back To Ice Age Reveal Humans Chased And Hunted Giant Sloths

Scientists have offered an alternate theory on what drove giant ground sloths to extinction. A set of footprints found in New Mexico suggested that humans armed with stone spears may have chased and hunted sloths during the last Ice Age.

Ancient April 26, 2018

DNA Shotgun Sequencing Of Ancient Poop With Parasite Eggs Reveals Diets Of Northern European And Middle Eastern Ancestors

An analysis of ancient fecal matters revealed what kind of parasitic worms had infected the Northern European and Middle Eastern ancient people. The analysis also revealed the type of food and lifestyle they had during their period.

Ancient April 26, 2018

Elephant Bird Egg Replica In Museum Turns Out To Be The Real Thing

A model elephant bird egg in the Buffalo Museum of Science turned out to be the real thing. The elephant bird, which went extinct at around 1200 AD, laid the largest eggs of any vertebrate.

Ancient April 26, 2018

New Guinea Warriors Harvested Dead Fathers’ Thigh Skeletons To Make Human Bone Daggers

A study found that ancient New Guinea warriors had obtained their fathers’ thigh bones to make human bone daggers. They also intended to make these daggers stronger to preserve the symbolic prestige the weapons gave them.

Ancient April 25, 2018

Breastfeeding Linked To Genetic Mutation That Helped Ancient Native Americans, East Asians Survive Ice Age

A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley linked breastfeeding to a genetic mutation distinct to ancestors of Native Americans and East Asians. This mutation may have helped the ancestors survive during the last Ice Age.

Ancient April 24, 2018

Early Humans Might Have Been Excellent Walkers Based On 3.6-Million-Year-Old Footprints

Evolutionary anthropologist Dr. David Raichlen found that early humans might have been good walkers. Raichlen looked at the 3.6-million-year-old prints that belonged to genus Australopithecus as a research guide.

Ancient April 23, 2018

Hole In Stone Age Cow's Skull Bears Evidence Of Early Cranial Surgery

A stone age cow skull was found to have a hole that was likely made as a result of cranial surgery. Such evidence of trepanation has never been seen on animals before.

Ancient April 19, 2018

Ancient Humans Are The Reason Big Mammals Are Extinct And Mammals Have Shrunk

A new study shows that the reason there are so few large mammals left today is that ancient humans hunted them to extinction. This also explains why mammals today are much smaller than their predecessors.

Ancient April 20, 2018

Scientists Test The Silurian Hypothesis: Were Humans The First Industrial Civilization On Earth?

Scientists put the Silurian hypothesis to the test, to see if humans were the first major civilization on Earth. Scientists questioned what traces an industrial civilization would leave behind.

Ancient April 18, 2018

Mass Extinction Led To An Explosion Of Dinosaurs, Making Them The Dominant Species On Earth

Dinosaurs left with a bang, and it turns out that they also originated with a bang. Dinosaurs exploded after a mass extinction, allowing them to become the dominant species on Earth.

Ancient April 16, 2018

Prehistoric Jawbone Found In UK Belongs To Triassic Marine Reptile The Size Of A Blue Whale

Fossils of a prehistoric ichthyosaur the size of a blue whale were found in the beach area in the UK. Analysis suggests that it is the largest of its kind discovered so far.

Ancient April 10, 2018

88,000 Year Old Middle Finger Found In Saudi Arabia, Possibly Changes Timeline Of Human Migration

A fossil of a middle finger found in Saudi Arabia is the oldest human fossil found outside of Africa and the Levant. This finding could change the scientific understanding of human migration.

Ancient April 9, 2018

The Shape Of Neanderthals' Skulls Helped Them Survive In Cold Weather And Allowed Turbo Breathing

New research has revealed that the shape of Neanderthals' skulls allowed them to survive in cold weather. This feature also enabled them to take in more air.

Ancient April 8, 2018

Turns Out Dinosaurs Were Killed Off By Flowers, Then The Asteroid Put The Nail In The Coffin

Conventional wisdom has it that the dinosaurs were killed off due to an asteroid, but new research may flip that on its head. It turns out that the culprit was flowers.

Ancient April 5, 2018

36,000 Computer Simulations Show That Vikings May Have Used Crystals To Navigate The Atlantic

Vikings may have been able to make the journey across the Atlantic Ocean by using crystals called sunstones. Before compasses, they used devices called sun compasses that relied on shadows. Unfortunately, they didn't work on cloudy days.

Ancient April 4, 2018

This Ancient Monitor Lizard Had 4 Eyes And Lived 49 Million Years Ago

An ancient monitor lizard that lived 49 million years ago had two sets of eyes. This is the first terrestrial animal that is observed to have this trait and scientists made the discovery by reexamining Saniwa ensidens fossils.

Ancient April 2, 2018

3 Boys Find Piece Of Mastodon Jawbone In Mississippi

Three boys walking along their family property in Mississippi stumbled upon the jawbone of a Mastodon. The boys took the fossil to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science where it was verified to be the remains of a mastodon.

Ancient March 29, 2018

Earliest Human Footprints In North America Are 13,000 Years Old, And They Were Found On A Canadian Island

Scientists have discovered the earliest set of human footprints in North America. The 13,000-year-old footprints were found on the short of Calvert Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Ancient March 28, 2018

Ancient Settlements Discovered In Supposedly Uninhabited Parts Of The Amazon

Archaeologists have discovered ancient settlements in supposedly uninhabited parts of the Amazon rainforest, proving that it was heavily influenced by human activities. It is believed that the lost villages were once home to up to a million people.

Ancient March 28, 2018

Archeologists Discover Dead Medieval Woman Who Gave Birth In Her Coffin

In a surprising discovery, archaeologists have found the remains of a woman who gave birth to a baby while in her coffin. Both were dead by the time they were in the coffin.

Ancient March 27, 2018

Scientists Reveal That 'Empty' Coffin Has 2,500-Year-Old Mummy Inside

A coffin that was thought to be empty that was stored at Sydney University for 150 years was revealed to have a mummy inside. Scientists revealed that they found a 2,500 year old mummy inside the coffin.

Ancient March 26, 2018

Mayans Bred, Traded Dogs For Ceremonial Use: Evidence Found In Animal Isotopes

A new archaeological research found that dogs were a fundamental part of the Mayan civilization, a symbol of power, and an instrument during tribal ceremonies. These findings showed significant differences on how animals were used in other ancient societies.

Ancient March 25, 2018

Egyptian Artifact Reveals Mysterious Head Of Female Pharaoh Hatshepsut

During a handling session, an Egyptologist and his students uncovered a rare archaeological find. Upon examining two slabs of limestone, they found that it depicts the first female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut.

Ancient March 24, 2018

Scientists Have Sequenced 5 New Neanderthal Genomes, Showing Their Lives During The Final Years

Five new ancient genomes of Neanderthal tribes have been sequenced, giving scientists a new picture of their final days. It could also show more Neanderthal DNA in humans.

Ancient March 23, 2018

Mysterious Mummy Found In Chile Is Not An Alien Skeleton: Here's What It Really Is

A mysterious mummy that was found in an abandoned mining town in the Atacama Desert of Chile looked like an alien skeleton. Scientists, however, have determined the true nature of the alleged proof of extraterrestrial life.

Ancient March 23, 2018

Ancient Humans Bred With The Denisovans More Than Once: How This Interbreeding Affects Modern Humans

The Denisovans and ancient humans interbred at least twice. Here are some of the traits in modern humans that are linked to genes inherited from the extinct hominin species.

Ancient March 17, 2018

Primitive Tools Found In Kenya Shows Evidence Of Early Innovation And Trade

Researchers found that some early human groups likely developed lighter tools and engaged in trade earlier than previously believed. Does this mean that the Middle Stone Age happened earlier?

Ancient March 17, 2018

HS2 Engineers Discover Ancient Coastline In Ruislip, West London That's 56 Million Years Old

While working on the route of U.K.'s new high-speed rail line HS2, workers discovered an ancient coastline in a London suburb. Findings show that the area was once swampy.

Ancient March 16, 2018

Early Humans Mated With Neanderthal Relative Denisovans At Least 2 Times

A new study revealed that ancient humans mated with the Denisovans not just once. Denisovans are related to the more famous hominids species, the Neanderthals.

Ancient March 16, 2018

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