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Paleontologists Find Fossil Of 508-Year-Old Sea Creature That Had 50 Legs And 2 Claws

Paleontologists discovered a 508-million-year-old sea creature's fossil in the Marble Canyon in British Columbia. The fossil showed that the creature had 50 legs and 2 giant claws.

Ancient April 27, 2017

Is This 2.4-Billion-Year-Old Fossil The World’s Oldest Fungus?

Scientists discovered what they believe are the oldest fungi fossils in the world. The archaeological discovery, carried out in South Africa, pushes back the timeline of the fungus fossil record one to two billion years.

Ancient April 26, 2017

Ice Age Tooth Fillings Show How Prehistoric Humans Treat Tooth Cavities

A 13,000-year-old pair of teeth has the oldest known example of tooth filling. Analysis of the incisors suggests Ice Age dentistry involved use of stone tools to drill tooth cavities.

Ancient April 26, 2017

Stone Carvings Suggest Earth Was Hit By Comet 13,000 Years Ago

Ancient symbols carved at the Gobekli Tepe temple in Turkey suggest that comet fragments hit Earth about 13,000 years ago. What does this tell about the mini ice age known as the Younger Dryas?

Ancient April 24, 2017

Indonesian ‘Hobbit’ Not Related To Modern Humans' Ancestor But Instead Has African Origins: Scientists

Homo floresiensis fossils revealed the tiny hominid didn’t evolve from Homo erectus, as previously believed. The Indonesian ‘hobbit’ is not a malformed version of Homo sapiens either but is in fact related to a much-ancient species.

Ancient April 22, 2017

Neanderthal And Denisovan DNA Detected In Cave Even Without Bones

The DNA of extinct human relatives have been found in cave mud along with the DNA of animals. How does the technique for finding the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans without skeletons work?

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Scientists Discover 245-Million-Year-Old Fossil Of Early Relative Of The Dinosaur

Scientists discovered a 245-million-year-old fossil belonging to the Teleocrater rhadinus, one of the earliest relatives of dinosaur. The fossil led scientists to believe that the creature walked on four legs, similar to modern-day crocodiles.

Ancient April 13, 2017

Medieval Villagers Possibly Burned And Dismembered Human Remains So They Won't Rise From The Grave, Study Says

Study shows that medieval villagers possibly dismembered human remains. Cannibalism and prevention of reanimated corpses are seen as the more plausible reasons for the act.

Ancient April 11, 2017

Ancient Humans Practiced Cannibalism Not Just For Hunger Or Nutrition: Study

A calorie-counting guide for cannibals shows that human calories, compared with those of bigger animals, are likely not worth the trouble. So why did humans in the Paleolithic period practice cannibalism after all?

Ancient April 6, 2017

Ancient Geological Brexit Opened Dover Strait: Why Should You Care About Brexit 1.0?

Brexit 1.0 took place thousands of years ago with the geological separation of Britain from Europe. Learn the significance behind this ancient event, including how Britain could still be connected to the continent today had the catastrophic event not happened.

Ancient April 5, 2017

Researchers Discover Art And Jewelry Dating Back To Last Ice Age

Archaeologists discovered an array of jewelry and art objects from a cave in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The artifacts date back 30,000 years ago and reportedly belong to the last ice age.

Ancient April 4, 2017

Did Climate Change Cause Political Conflicts Among Classic Maya Civilizations? Study Says Yes

Ancient civilizations also struggled with climate change just as the modern world is struggling today. Researchers find the political consequences of warming temperatures on the ancient world.

Ancient April 3, 2017

Ancient Tracks Show Diversity Of Australia's Dinosaurs During Cretaceous Period

The world's most diverse collection of dinosaur tracks and the biggest dinosaur footprint were found by researchers in Australia. What do these reveal about the prehistoric dinosaurs?

Ancient March 30, 2017

World's Biggest Dinosaur Footprint Left By Sauropod In Australia's Jurassic Park

The amazing finding belongs to an entire collection of dinosaur tracks discovered in the Dampier Peninsula. The gigantic footprint was left behind by a sauropod from the Early Cretaceous.

Ancient March 28, 2017

New Dinosaur Origin Theory Claims First Ones Emerged 15 Million Years Earlier, In What Is Now UK

A new study redraws the two major branches of the dinosaur family tree. The proposal suggested that the first dinosaurs emerged 15 million years earlier than believed, in the northern part of the planet that is now the United Kingdom.

Ancient March 23, 2017

Researchers Reconstruct The Face Of Man Who Died In 13th Century

Researchers used human remains to reconstruct the face of a man who lived nearly 700 years ago. The reconstruction was done digitally and provided vital clues about the facial structure and lifestyle of people of the era.

Ancient March 23, 2017

Fossil Remains Of 430-Million-Year-Old Crustacean Named After Sir David Attenborough

A 430-million-year-old crustacean’s fossil remains have been named to honor the famous British naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The fossil remains may help shed light on the history of the crustacean family.

Ancient March 23, 2017

Scientists Discover Piece Of Early Earth Crust In Canada Dating Back 4.3 Billion Years

Researchers uncovered a piece of volcanic rock dating back to the formation of Earth’s early crust. Their findings could help us better understand planetary evolution in our solar system.

Ancient March 21, 2017

Ancient Skull Found In Portugal Cave May Shed Light On Ancestry Of Neanderthals

A 400,000-year-old skull belonging to an archaic member of the genus Homo was found in the Aroeira cave in Portugal. It has some features of Neanderthals and may hold clue to the ancestry of modern humans's closest extinct relative.

Ancient March 16, 2017

Ancient 400,000-Year-Old Human Skull Found In Portugal With Animal Bones, Stone Tools

A study published on March 13 reveals that a 400,000 year old human skull discovered in Portugal is the oldest human skull on Earth. The skull was discovered along with stone made hand axes, human teeth and animal bones.

Ancient March 15, 2017

Scientists Discover 'Oldest Fossil Plants' Of Earth From 1.6 Billion Years Ago

Scientists have discovered a fossil in India which they believe belongs to red algae and dates back 1.6 billion years ago. This is the oldest fossil belonging to a multi-cellular eukaryotic organism.

Ancient March 16, 2017

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Roman Road, Find 2,000-Year-Old Coins Between Pavement Stones

Archaeologists digging near Bet Shemesh uncovered a perfectly preserved ancient road dating back to the time of Emperor Hadrian. Hidden between cobblestones, they also found a prized array of Roman coins.

Ancient March 14, 2017

How Did Legendary Author Jane Austen Die? Experts Find Clues In Her Spectacles

It has been stated by a British Library curator, Sandra Tuppen that late author Jane Austen may have suffered from arsenic poisoning. She states the theory on the basis of three spectacles that formerly belonged to Austen.

Ancient March 11, 2017

Monterey Sea Otter Gets New Home In Audubon Aquarium

Monterey baby sea otter rescued by SORAC found her new home and a companion In Audubon Aquarium. The aquarium authority organized a poll on its website and Facebook page to name the otter.

Ancient March 11, 2017

Dogs Can Be Manipulative, Sneaky To Get Treats From Humans

Man's best friend can be both manipulative and wily to get hold of their favorite food. A new study reveals that dogs attempt sneaky tactics to weasel a treat out of humans.

Ancient March 11, 2017

Massive Statue Of Powerful Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Unearthed In Cairo

Archaeologists discover a massive statue believed to be of 'The Great Ramses.' The great archaeological find was unearthed under the buildings of a residential area in Cairo.

Ancient March 10, 2017

Archaeologists Unearth Impressive Rock Art Carved In 4,000-Year-Old Tomb

Abstract engravings uncovered in an ancient dolmen near Kibbutz Shamir are the first documented rock art ever found in the Middle East. The tomb’s impressive size and structure suggest there was more to the 'Dark Ages' of the Levant than previously thought.

Ancient March 11, 2017

How Did Fish Evolve To Walk On Land? They Used Their Eyes First, Says Study

A better vision, not the development of limbs, was in fact what brought our ancient aquatic ancestors on land. Fossils showed a series of optical adaptations prompted the momentous transition, catalyzing evolutionary changes that made us who we are.

Ancient March 9, 2017

Hair DNA Offers Strong Clues On 50,000-Year Aboriginal Presence In Australia

DNA from Aboriginal people reveals that modern Aboriginal Australians descended from a certain group populating the same regions for up to 50,000 years. These new findings confirm the longstanding connection of Aboriginal people to the country.

Ancient March 9, 2017

Scientists Solve Mystery Of 2 Extinct Reptile Species

A study conducted by two scientists has solved the mystery surrounding two extinct reptile species. The research proves that the 'Ichthyosaurus communis' and the 'Ichthyosaurus intermedius' are the same species.

Ancient March 9, 2017

Ancient Skulls Found In China Could Be Rare Evidence Of Neanderthal Cousin Denisovans

Two partial skulls found in China may have belonged to the now extinct group of humans called Denisovans. Researchers only have a few tangible evidence that can prove this Neanderthal cousin once existed.

Ancient March 5, 2017

100,000-Year-Old Human Skulls Found In China Present Mosaic Of Features, Hint At Intermixing

Fossils offer insights into the past. Human skulls believed to be 100,000 years old discovered in China are offering anything but a straightforward look at how evolution occurred in Eurasia.

Ancient March 3, 2017

Laser Light Reveals What Feathered Dinosaurs Looked Like - And Whether They Could Fly

Can the Anchiornis dinosaur fly, glide, or do neither? A new study harnessing laser-stimulated fluorescence (LSF) to image the prehistoric creatures' fossils helps enrich the discussion on avian evolution and dinosaur history.

Ancient March 1, 2017

Mysterious T-Shaped Jade Maya Pendant Unearthed In Southern Belize

A mysterious T- shaped Jade Maya pendant was discovered in Southern Belize, revealing information about the Maya people. It has 30 hieroglyphs on its back that gives detailed information about its owner.

Ancient February 28, 2017

How Did We First Create Music? Study Sheds New Light

New study suggests that music was first created as infant-directed songs. Singing was a way for parents to multitask while satisfying their children's need for attention.

Ancient March 9, 2017

Ancient Human Skulls Found In Brazil Gives New Insights On Migration Patterns In Americas

A study of ancient skulls found in Brazil reveals that human migration occurred in Americas through two waves of human population. It discloses that people came from Asia, across the Bering Strait to North America before settling in South America.

Ancient February 25, 2017

Van Gogh, Pissarro, Seurat Used Ancient Painting Techniques, 38000-Year-Old Limestone Blocks Reveal

Famous painters like Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh and many others used engraving techniques of around 38,000 years old. The study was conducted by Randall White and his team at France's Vézère Valley.

Ancient February 25, 2017

Neanderthal DNA Still Affects Your Health And Looks Today

Neanderthals are believed to have died out 40,000 years ago. Yet through their Neanderthal DNA, they still have a say in the health and appearance of modern humans, reminds a new study.

Ancient February 25, 2017

Ancient Chaco Canyon Society May Have Been Dominated By Maternal Dynasties

Power in ancient Chaco Canyon society may have been passed down from women to women, based on genetic data, a new study revealed. A burial site at the heart of Chaco Canyon provided clues that point to a matrilineal society.

Ancient February 23, 2017

Newly Discovered Ancient Giant Monster Worm Had Scary, Snapping Jaws

An ancient fossil stored in a Canadian museum for 20 years has been identified as the remains of an extinct giant monster worm with scary, snapping jaws. Researchers say the creature is distinct for its unique gigantism.

Ancient February 22, 2017

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