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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

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

Kennewick Man Reburied After Two Decades Of Legal Battle

The remains of the 9000-year-old Kennewick Man have finally been reburied after a 20-year-old legal battle between scientists and Native Americans. The Ancient One's remains were interred on Feb. 18 in a somber ceremony.

Ancient February 21, 2017

In Depth: How 60,000-Year-Old Ancient Microbes May Hold Clues To History Of Evolution

Newly discovered 60,000-year-old microorganisms may hold clues to evolutionary history. Trapped in giant crystals, the ancient microbes have survived the hostile environment on a diet of sulfite, manganese, and copper oxide.

Ancient February 21, 2017

Life Found Trapped Within Crystals In Mexico Cave Could Be 50,000 Years Old

Microbes that survive on iron, manganese and other chemicals have been found trapped inside crystals in the Naica mine caves in Mexico. The trapped organisms are believed to be 50,000 years old.

Ancient February 18, 2017

How And When Did Early Humans Migrate To New World? Big Data Has The Answer

New linguistic analysis, employing computational methods, confirms the waves of migration to America. The early populations who inhabited America had extremely diverse languages.

Ancient February 24, 2017

Ancient Mass Extinction Of Earth And Rebound Of Life: Fossils Prove It Was Faster, Debunks Old Theory

Contrary to the theory that life returned late after the Permian mass extinction 250 million years ago, new fossils found at the Idaho City in the United States have shown that the rebound was faster and a thriving marine life did exist.

Ancient February 17, 2017

Ancient Judean Jars Offer Insights Into Earth's Magnetic Field Strength

Ancient jars that served as tax payment centuries ago have provided scientists clues to the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field. Apparently, fluctuations in the magnetic field is a norm for the planet, not a sign of the apocalypse, researchers said.

Ancient February 15, 2017

Giant Pterosaurs Dominated Ancient Transylvania, Suggests New Research

Pterosaurs ranged in size but researchers have found that those that flew over ancient Transylvania were particularly gigantic with 32-feet wingspans. Their massive size made it highly likely that they were the region’s dominant predator.

Ancient February 11, 2017

King Tut's Tomb To Be Investigated For Secret Chambers

After much debate over whether the young King Tut's tomb carried more secrets or not, a final thorough investigation will take place later in the year. Are there hidden chambers in the king's tomb?

Ancient February 12, 2017

5000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Tastes Fruity: Stanford Students

Stanford University students successfully recreated a 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe uncovered by scientists last year. The result was a fruity, cider-like concoction.

Ancient February 9, 2017

Dead Sea Scrolls: Archaeologists Discover Cave In Israel That May Have Contained The Scrolls

Archaeologists have discovered another cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were believed to have been housed. The cave is located in Israel in the cliffs of the Judean desert.

Ancient February 9, 2017

Inscription In Ancient Tomb Of Chinese General And His Princess Wife Reveals Couple Was Buried On Same Day

The ancient tomb of a general who served the rulers of the Northern Qi dynasty and his princess wife was found during an excavation between August 2012 and June 2013. The tomb was filled with pottery figurines.

Ancient February 8, 2017

Study Reveals Not Much Has Changed In Genetics Between Stone, Modern Age Populations In East Asia

Despite living thousands of years apart, Stone Age and modern populations in East Asia have very little difference in their genetics. This is according to DNA samples obtained from ancient remains in Russia.

Ancient February 2, 2017

Long-Kept Secret Human Remains Found In 150-Year-Old Diorama At Carnegie Museum

Scientists discover real human remains in the popular Carnegie Museum diorama 'Lion Attaquant un Dromadaire.' Learn the history and long-kept secret of the century-old piece.

Ancient February 5, 2017

New Research Sheds Light On How Ancient Indus Civilization Adapted To Climate Change

New research has shown the existence of climate change during early Holocene in the region of the Indus Civilization. The study suggests that the population was well adapted to change in the environmental conditions.

Ancient January 31, 2017

Indus Valley Civilization Also Adapted To Climate Change

Researchers believe that the downfall of the flourishing Indus Valley Civilization, like several other ancient cultures before it, could be due to climatic changes. The study sheds light on how the civilization adapted to these changes.

Ancient January 29, 2017

Anthropologists Discover 38,000-Year-Old Engraving On A Limestone Slab

A 38,000-year-old engraving on a limestone slab has been discovered from a rock shelter located in France’s southwestern region. Randall White, an anthropologist from New York University, led the excavation work.

Ancient January 28, 2017

Ancient Pueblo Sun Temple Had Geometric Patterns, Confirms New Study

The ancient Pueblo people built structures that had geometric patterns, even though they had no written language or number system. The research was conducted by a researcher from the Arizona State University.

Ancient January 25, 2017

Rare Lizard Fossil Found From Late Dinosaur Era

A complete fossil skeleton of an ancient lizard has been unearthed from the fossil-rich Egg Mountain site in Montana. The new species has been named Magnuviator ovimonsensis.

Ancient January 25, 2017

Researchers Confirm 80-Million-Year-Old Collagen From Brachylophosaurus Dinosaur

From the femur of a Brachylophosaurus, collagen peptides were extracted, confirming organic molecules are capable of persisting even in specimens that are tens of millions years old.

Ancient January 24, 2017

Islamic State Destroys Monuments In Palmyra, Kills Dozen Captives On Ancient Site: Syria Report

A wake of destruction and death continues to grip Syria as Islamic State regains control of Palmyra. Reports of further damage to ancient sites and lost lives continue to come in.

Ancient January 22, 2017

Stone Age Selfie Discovered In Britain, Carved On A 4,000-Year-Old Rock

Gordon Holmes, a retired design engineer and IT technician, has come across Britain’s first Stone Age selfie in Baildon Moor. This 4,000-year-old selfie etched on a rock is supposedly of the artist himself.

Ancient January 18, 2017

Centuries-Old Buddha Statue Emerges From A Reservoir In China

A sunken statue of Buddha emerged after water levels dropped at the Hongmen Reservoir in China during renovation work. The statue dates back to as early as the Yuan dynasty.

Ancient January 17, 2017

Did Humans Arrive In North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought?

Based on new carbon aging tests on ancient bones from the Bluefish Caves in Yukon, humans may have been living in North America 10,000 years earlier than previously believed.

Ancient January 17, 2017

Ancient Sea Creature Finally Gets Proper Classification

A team of scientists has finally managed to classify hyoliths, sea creatures that used to live during the Cambrian period, with the help of recently discovered fossils. Although believed to be related to mollusks, it seems hyoliths are actually closer to present-day brachiopods.

Ancient January 15, 2017

Newly Discovered Tombs In Egypt Have Remains Of Babies And Crocodiles

Archaeologists have found 12 new tombs at Gebel el Silsila, Egypt, which contain human and animal remains. What does the discovery tell about people who lived at the ancient sandstone quarry site?

Ancient January 14, 2017

800-Year-Old Skeleton Unearthed Near Troy, Contains Traces Of Deadly Bacteria

Archaeologists excavating a burial site in Anatolia, Turkey, have discovered the skeleton of a woman that dates back to almost 800 years. The experts found that the woman died from an infection caused by an ancient bacterium.

Ancient January 12, 2017

Skeletons Of At Least 6 People Unearthed In 2,400-Year-Old Tomb In Iraq

A 2,400-year-old ancient tomb, discovered in northern Iraq by construction workers, has been further excavated by archaeologists to reveal at least six skeletons and a number of artifacts.

Ancient January 10, 2017

Ancient Inhabitants Of New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Likely Imported Food To Survive: Study

New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon area had problems in growing crops as the soil was salty, leading the inhabitants to import food. This was revealed in a new study by CU-Boulder scientist Larry Benson highlighting the plight of that ancient society.

Ancient January 5, 2017

Bones In Belgium Cave Prove Neanderthals Were Cannibals: Why Extinct Human Relative Practiced Cannibalism

Bones that were discovered in a Belgium cave more than 100 years ago offer evidence the Neanderthals were cannibals. Why did our close extinct relatives practice cannibalism?

Ancient January 2, 2017

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