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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

520 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Brain And Nervous System Of Sea Monster Found In Greenland

A fossilized brain and nervous system of an ancient arthropod were found in northern Greenland recently. Its simple brain gives researchers an idea of what the ancient creature was like.

Ancient March 15, 2018

Ancient Shark Tooth Stolen From Secret Location In Australia

A fossilized tooth belonging to the Megalodon shark was stolen from a secret location in a World Heritage site in Australia. What would a thief do with an ancient shark tooth?

Ancient March 14, 2018

Three-Fingered Mummies Found To Be Not Human, According To Tests

Three-fingered mummies unearthed in Peru are not what they appear to be, although they may already be dismissed. Tests run on the mummies show that they’re not human.

Ancient March 12, 2018

Prehistoric Baby Bird Fossil Could Shed Light On Avian Evolution

A 127-million-year-old tiny fossil of a baby bird could throw light on the evolution of birds in the age of the dinosaurs. The fossil belongs to a group of prehistoric birds known as Enantiornithes.

Ancient March 6, 2018

World's Earliest Figural Tattoos Found On 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummies

A pair of Egyptian mummies were found to have been inked with the oldest known figural tattoos. The tattoos cannot be seen under normal light, but can be distinctly seen under infrared light.

Ancient March 3, 2018

Oldest Known Cave Art Found To Be Of Neanderthal Origin, Shows Symbolic Behavior

Were Neanderthals really just the brutish cousins of early modern humans? A new study shows they might have been into art and symbolic behavior as well.

Ancient February 23, 2018

Ancient Mayan Civilization Artifacts Found In World's Largest Underwater Cave

Mayan artifacts and human bones that appear to be at least 9,000 years old were found in Mexico’s Sac Actun, the largest underwater cave system in the world. Most of the nearly 200 artifacts are from Mayan civilization.

Ancient February 20, 2018

Ancient Tooth Proves Extinct Taino Tribe Has Living Descendants In The Caribbean

Researchers sequenced DNA from a tooth belonging to a woman who lived in the Bahamas 500 years before Christopher Columbus arrived. It proved that the extinct Taino still has bloodline in the people living in the Caribbean today.

Ancient February 20, 2018

Cheddar Man: Britain's Dark-Skinned Ancestor Shows Pale Skin Of Europeans Is A Recent Phenomenon

The Cheddar Man, a hunter-gatherer who lived about 10,000 years ago, had dark skin and blue eyes. These traits are indicative of the physical characteristics of the population of Europe during his time.

Ancient February 8, 2018

The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Triggered Catastrophic Underwater Volcano Eruptions

A new study claimed that the asteroid crash 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs also triggered catastrophic underwater volcano eruptions. Some scientists, however, remain skeptical that the two events are connected.

Ancient February 8, 2018

Ancient DNA Findings Show Ancient Brits Had Dark Skin

After dying 10,000 years ago the face of Cheddar Man has finally been revealed. His face was recreated from the skeleton found more than a century ago.

Ancient February 7, 2018

Massive Comet Crashed Into Earth 13,000 Years Ago, Triggering Firestorms And Mini Ice Age

An international team of scientists concluded that a massive comet crashed into the Earth 13,000 years ago. The event supposedly created firestorms around the world, with the dust clouds blocking the sun and eventually leading into a mini ice age.

Ancient February 5, 2018

Pre-Aztec Remains In Spiral Formation Discovered In Mexico

The remains discovered in an ancient burial site were arranged in a circular or spiral manner. Is the strange positioning of the bodies evidence of a ritualistic burial?

Ancient February 2, 2018

Sandstone Slab Found At NASA Goddard Shows Interactions Between Dinosaurs And Mammals Through Ancient Footprints

A slab of sandstone discovered a few years back provided a glimpse into the how dinosaurs and mammals interacted millions of years ago. Ironically, it was found at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Ancient February 1, 2018

Discovery Of Stone Tools In India Rewrites History Of When Humans Left Africa

Archaeologists recently discovered ancient stone tools in India that date back to 385,000 years ago. They believe the finding could rewrite the history of when early modern humans migrated out of Africa.

Ancient February 2, 2018

10,000-Year Old Artifact Found Near Ancient Lake Could Be World's Oldest Crayon

An object found near an ancient lake in-filled with peat during the Mesolithic Period could be the world's oldest crayon. What are the signs that indicate the artifact was used as a coloring tool?

Ancient January 28, 2018

Human Migration Rewritten? Oldest Known Human Fossil Outside Africa Discovered In Israel

The oldest early human fossil out of Africa has been discovered in a cave in Israel. Is it about time to rewrite the traditional 'out of Africa' theory?

Ancient January 27, 2018

Over 2,000 Artifacts Recovered From Norway's Melting Glaciers

Artifacts that were hidden for thousands of years are being recovered from Norway's melting glaciers. What can these items reveal about human activity in the past?

Ancient January 27, 2018

Scientists Reconstruct Face Of Teen Who Lived 9,000 Years Ago

The reconstructed face of Avgi, or Dawn, a female teen who lived in Greece at the end of the Mesolithic period shows a scowling expression. Why does she have an angry face?

Ancient January 25, 2018

Proof Of Ancient Scandal Or Of Gender Equal Society? Two Mummy Brothers Do Not Have The Same Father

Researchers found that the famous Egyptian Two Brothers had the same mother but had different fathers. It is possible that their mother was the one who was of high social standing?

Ancient January 20, 2018

DNA Test Shows 'Two Brothers' Egyptian Mummies Had The Same Mother But Different Fathers

Findings of DNA analyses confirmed earlier suspicions about the 'Two brothers' Egyptian mummies housed at the Manchester Museum. TestS revealed they were just half brothers.

Ancient January 19, 2018

Black Plague Spread By Human Parasites Not Rats, New Study Claims

A new study claimed that human parasites spread the devastating black plague in medieval Europe. It is generally believed that rats and their fleas caused the widespread endemic that killed millions of people.

Ancient January 16, 2018

Birdlike Dinosaur With Rainbow Feathers Discovered By Scientists In China

A dinosaur has been discovered in China with birdlike traits and rainbow plumage. Named Caihong juji, the newly discovered species can help scientists know more about the evolution of iridescence in birds.

Ancient January 16, 2018

Fossil Of Turkey-Sized Dinosaur Found In 113-Million-Year-Old Rocks In Australia

The partial skeleton of a turkey-sized dinosaur were found at a site in Australia. The dinosaur appeared to be tangled in a log-jam, suggesting it roamed in a forested environment.

Ancient January 12, 2018

5,000-Year-Old Rock Art Discovered In India Could Be Oldest Depiction Of Supernova

An ancient rock art, found in India, could be the earliest known art depicting a supernova. It could also be the oldest example of a sky chart.

Ancient January 9, 2018

Aztec Stone Shrine Discovered Beside Mexican Volcano Was An Ancient Map Of Universe

An Aztec stone shrine discovered in a pond beside a Mexican volcano is believed to depict an ancient map of the universe. The flow of water into the pond was controlled to make the structure look like it was floating.

Ancient January 5, 2018

Ancient DNA Of Baby Girl Unearthed In Alaska Provides Glimpse Into First Native Americans

DNA taken from a baby unearthed in Alaska provided a glimpse into the origins of the Native Americans. The child was named "sunrise girl-child" by the local indigenous community, an appropriate name as she has shed light into ancient history.

Ancient January 4, 2018

Monster Bird Discovered: Prehistoric Penguins From New Zealand Were As Big As Men

Scientists have discovered fossils of a prehistoric penguin that stood 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds. The newly discovered species was given the name Kumimanu biceae, with Kumimanu meaning 'monster bird' in Maori.

Ancient December 14, 2017

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

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