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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

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

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