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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

Fossils Discovered In Morocco Shatters Our Understanding Of Mankind's Origins

Homo Sapiens remains discovered in Morocco have challenged the accepted view of humanity's origins. The new discoveries predate similar finds by about 100,000 years.

Ancient June 8, 2017

Metro Crew Unearth The Bones Of Ancient Sloth And Bison During Line Work

The crew for Metro’s LA railway expansion project digs more than railway extensions in the past six months. Fossils of two more ancient animals were found under Crenshaw Boulevard.

Ancient June 4, 2017

7.2-Million-Year-Old Ape In Europe Could Be Human Ancestor

The fossils of Graecopithecus freybergi, an ape-like creature that lived more than 7 million years ago, suggest Graecopithecus is actually pre-human and could be humanity’s oldest ancestor. Seen as the missing link, Graecopithecus may have originated in Europe, not Africa.

Ancient May 24, 2017

3.3-Million-Year-Old Human Spine Fossil Sheds Light On How Efficiently Our Ancestors Walked

A 3.3-million-year-old fossilized skeleton of a distant human relative shed light on the spinal structure of early hominids. It indicated that the evolution related to walking upright may have started much earlier than previously believed.

Ancient May 24, 2017

A Controversial Study Suggests New Origin For Humanity

Most researchers believe that humanity's origins lie in Africa. However, a new study argues otherwise.

Ancient May 23, 2017

Artifacts Reveal Aboriginal Life On Australian Coast Existed Some 50,000 Years Ago

An international team of researchers found the earliest evidence of human occupation in a cave in Australia. Cultural deposits show evidence of early settlers from 50,000 years ago.

Ancient May 20, 2017

Researchers Reveal Just How Powerful The Tyrannosaurus Rex Bite Really Was

Despite the jokes about its tiny arms, the T. rex - thanks to its massive size - is regarded as the king of the dinosaurs. New research has revealed the creature's bite may have even been more devastating than we once believed.

Ancient May 17, 2017

The Human Sense Of Smell Is Better Than Previously Thought: How Did Our Sense Of Smell Evolve?

The human sense of smell has recently been shown to be better than previously thought. Looking back, how did our ancestors’ sense of smell evolve to the way it is today?

Ancient May 14, 2017

Well-Preserved 'Dinosaur Mummy' Dating Back 110-Million-Years Found In Alberta

Scientists found well-preserved fossilized remains of a ‘dinosaur mummy’ that dated back 110 million years. The fossilized remains of the dinosaur were discovered in Alberta, Canada.

Ancient May 15, 2017

Ancient Human Relative Could Have Lived Alongside Homo Sapiens: What We Know About The Homo Naledi So Far

Homo naledi, our most recently discovered ancient relative, might have lived alongside Homo sapiens and carries a striking similarity to modern humans. Find out how old this human ancestor really is, what it looked like and how it behaved.

Ancient May 11, 2017

How New Technology Reveals Early Human DNA Without Skeletal Remains

Archaeologists found ancient human DNA belonging to the Neanderthals and the Denisovans in several caves in Europe, like the Vindija Cave in Croatia. The DNA samples were recovered not from human fossils, but from cave sediments preserving mitochondrial DNA.

Ancient May 1, 2017

New Technique For Recovering Ancient DNA Without Bones May Shed Light On Human Evolution

A new technique for DNA recovery allows for collecting ancient DNA even without solid bone fragments or fossils. Could this new method shed light into the mystery of human evolution?

Ancient April 29, 2017

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

Humans Arrived In The Americas Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

A new study revealed that ancient humans arrived 130,000 years ago in California. However, many archaeologists are skeptical of the findings, which push back the established date of human settlement in the Americas by over a 100,000 years.

Ancient April 30, 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?

Ancient April 28, 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

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