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Here’s Why Humans Walk On Their Heels, Not Their Toes

There is an evolutionary reason why people walk on their heels, according to a new study. The research suggests this way of walking is ancient among hominins, and the reason behind this is efficiency.

Ancient December 23, 2016

Earliest Evidence Of Humans Processing Plants For Food Discovered In Libyan Sahara

Scientists have discovered the first direct evidence that humans cooked plant for food long before farming started. Proof was discovered in the Libyan Sahara, where chemical traces of various plants, including aquatic plant varieties, were present.

Ancient December 23, 2016

Kennewick Man Skeleton To Return To Native Americans For Reburial

President Barack Obama signed a bill on Monday, Dec. 19, authorizing the return of the Kennewick Man's remains to American Indian tribes. The almost 9,000-year-old skeleton will then be reburied by the Native Americans.

Ancient December 20, 2016

Cavemen Used Toothpick To Clean Their Teeth 1.2 Million Years Ago

A hominin molar found at Sima del Elefante in Spain had fragments of non-edible wood. The evidence suggests of dental hygiene among early humans in Europe.

Ancient December 17, 2016

Save Syria's History: These Majestic Sights Are In Danger Of Total Destruction Due To War

The tragedy of war has overtaken Syria. In this decade alone, four cultural sites -- once majestic -- continue to face the threat of destruction in this historical country.

Ancient December 18, 2016

Dental Plaque Reveals Europe’s Earliest Humans Did Not Use Fire For Their Food

A dental plaque from the molars of a 1.2 million-year old hominin in Spain revealed that the earliest human species in Europe did not use fire to cook their food. What did they eat?

Ancient December 16, 2016

Australopithecus Footprints Found In Tanzania Suggest Males Of Lucy Species Had Multiple Mates

Footprints were left behind by members of the Australopithecus afarensis species in an archeological site in Tanzania. How did the tracks hint that Lucy's kind was polygynous?

Ancient December 15, 2016

Archaeologists Unearth 2,500-Year-Old Greek City In An Unexplored Hill Settlement

A team of archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg with Athen's Swedish Institute and Karditsa's local archaeological service has explored the remains of a previously unknown ancient city at Vlochós, a Greek village located in the north of Athens. They found archaeological remains scattered around the Strongilovoúni hill on the Thessalian plains.

Ancient December 14, 2016

Compound Odontoma Tumor Found In 255-Million-Year-Old Fossil Of Mammal Predecessor

Showing the ancient links with mammals, a benign tumor, Compound Odontoma, has been discovered in a 255 million-year-old lower jaw fossil of a gorgonopsid, a mammal predecessor, and a reptile. The tumor manifesting as tiny structures in the gums causes pain.

Ancient December 9, 2016

DNA From 17th Century Mummy Of A Child From Lithuania May Rewrite History Of Smallpox

Smallpox, a deadly disease that killed millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980, was likely a modern killer and not an ancient disease. The findings were based on analysis of DNA from a 17th century mummified child in Lithuania.

Ancient December 9, 2016

Mummified Knees Found In Valley Of The Queens Tomb Likely Belonged To Egypt Queen Nefertari

Archeologists claim that the pair of mummified knees found in a lavish tomb in the Valley of the Queens in Egypt likely belonged to Egyptian queen Nefertari. What were the clues that hint the remains belonged to the royal wife of Pharaoh Ramses II?

Ancient December 3, 2016

Strong, Thick Arm Bones Hint Lucy The Australopithecus Climbed Trees Like Chimpanzees

The human ancestor Lucy the Australopithecus climbed trees regularly, scans of her arm and thigh bones revealed. Why did the creature climb trees frequently despite an ability to walk upright?

Ancient December 1, 2016

First Thanksgiving Site Discovered: Researchers Uncover Evidence Of Original 1620 Plymouth Settlement

Researchers have discovered the site of the original Plymouth Colony that pilgrims founded in 1620. The discovery offers insight into settlement life and colonial history.

Ancient November 26, 2016

Bronze Age 'Thinker': Ancient Clay Figurine Seated On Top Of Ceramic Jug Discovered In Israel

Archaeologists and students in Israel have discovered a clay figurine of a seated person appearing to be in deep thought. The statuette is 3,800 years old and is seated on top of a ceramic vessel.

Ancient November 25, 2016

7,000-Year-Old Lost Civilization: Archaeologists Discover Ancient City In Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient city in Egypt believed to be the home of the builders of royal cemeteries in Abydos. The city and cemetery are believed to be 7,000 years old.

Ancient November 24, 2016

Starting At The Beginning: Archaeologists Use Chicxulub Crater Rocks, Prehistoric Teeth In Tracking Ancient Humans

Tracking ancient humans is no easy feat but researchers are getting a little bit of help from the Chicxulub impact crater and prehistoric Mayan teeth.

Ancient November 20, 2016

Mayan ‘Nesting Doll’ Pyramid Discovered In Mexico’s Chichen Itza Ruins

New archaeological research suggests that the Pyramid in Mexico's Chichen Itza ruins nests another inner structure, smaller and incorporated in the largest ones. The finding opens a new line of research possibilities.

Ancient November 18, 2016

Mating With Neanderthals And Denisovans Helped Ancient Humans Survive Outside Africa

Modern humans owe several of their strengths such as immunity and skin color to the ancestors’ interbreeding with other human forms such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. This was revealed in a new study.

Ancient November 12, 2016

Neanderthal Genes Were Purged From Human Genome By Evolution

A new study highlights the reason behind the fading gene content of Neanderthals in humans despite historic interbreeding. The study says natural selection erased many deleterious genes from the human stock.

Ancient November 10, 2016

Giant Predatory Lizard Thrived In Antarctica Toward The End Of The Dinosaur Era

Giant predatory sea lizards known as Kaikaifilu thrived in Antarctica some 66 million years ago. According to paleontologists, these Mosasaurs had an average length of 10 meters and reigned as the largest marine predator during the terminal phase of the dinosaur age.

Ancient November 9, 2016

Humans Settled, Developed Sophisticated Tools In Australia’s Arid Interior 10,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

A new study found proof of people settling down in Australia as many as 10,000 years before previously thought. The analysis of the objects found revealed some surprising facts about early Aboriginal culture.

Ancient November 4, 2016

Melanesians Carry Genes Of Unidentified Extinct Human Species

Melanesians who live in the South Pacific carry genes of an extinct human species. Researchers said the hominid species is not likely Neanderthal or Denisovan.

Ancient October 31, 2016

Scientists Uncover Original Stone Of Jesus' Tomb In Jerusalem

The stone traditionally believed as the place where Jesus Christ laid on has been uncovered after centuries. What did the workers find?

Ancient October 28, 2016

Earliest Proof Of Right-Handedness Found In 2-Million-Year-Old Homo Habilis Fossil

New research suggests that a Homo habilis who lived approximately 1.8 million years ago was right-handed. The scientists analyzed scratches made on a specimen's teeth that suggested right-handed tool use.

Ancient October 23, 2016

Armored Prehistoric Fish In China Holds Clue To Where Our Jaws Came From

Elements of the modern jaw seen in modern-day vertebrates including humans were found in a prehistoric armored fish. The creature belongs to the group of extinct creatures known as placoderms.

Ancient October 21, 2016

New Dinosaur Species Discovered In The Outback Of Australia

A new dinosaur species has been located in Australia, and it's not a meat eater. The creature, known as Savannasaurus elliottorum, was found back in 2005, but researchers decided to wait 10 years before revealing the information to the world.

Ancient October 20, 2016

First Dinosaur Bones, New Tracks Found In Alaska's Denali National Park

Dinosaur bones have been found in the Denali National Park for the first time. The discovery comes after a group of paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Park Service trekked around the area in July.

Ancient October 20, 2016

Intriguing Anomalies Discovered In Giza’s Great Pyramid

Scientists have announced some intriguing new discoveries while peering deep inside the great pyramids of Giza. The void found inside the construction is most likely not a hidden chamber.

Ancient October 19, 2016

Ancient DNA Reveals Mysterious Species In Cave Art To Be Unidentified Bison-Cattle Hybrid

Today’s European bison is descended from the mysterious species researchers found in cave paintings in Ice Age caves. After examining ancient DNA, it has been revealed that the species is a bison-cattle hybrid.

Ancient October 19, 2016

Roman Empire Coins Found In Ruins Of Ancient Japanese Castle

Archaeologists found ancient Roman coins in the ruins of the Katsuren Castle in Okinawa, Japan. The copper coins bear the image of Constantine the Great.

Ancient September 29, 2016

How Did Animals Evolve Millions Of Years Ago? They Have High Oxygen Levels To Thank For That

A new study has said that abundant oxygen levels at the oceans facilitated the rise of complex organisms such as algae and other vertebrates. This came after a lull of 3 billion years of anoxic oceans.

Ancient September 26, 2016

Secrets Of Charred Ancient Hebrew Scroll Unlocked Through Modern Scanning Software

Thanks to an incredible method known as "virtual unwrapping," scientists in Kentucky have uncovered the contents of a charred ancient document without having to unroll it. The parchment contains text from the Old Testament.

Ancient September 22, 2016

Your DNA May Be Traced Back To An Ancient African Exodus

How did ancient humans go on to disperse the population in different regions over thousands of years? A new study seeks to find a possible explanation.

Ancient September 22, 2016

Human Skeleton Found In 2100-Year-Old Antikythera Shipwreck

Human skeletal remains were found in the Antikythera shipwreck. DNA from the bones may help shed light on the lives of people who were aboard the ill-fated ancient ship.

Ancient September 19, 2016

What The World's Oldest Fish Hooks Reveal About Okinawa Island And Paleolithic Japan

An archaeological dig in Sakitari Cave on Okinawa Island has provided new evidence that will serve to redefine everything that was once known about people living on the island during the Paleolithic era.

Ancient September 19, 2016

Ancient Blue Jeans? Indigo Dye Used By South Americans In Peru Long Before Egyptians

Cloths found in Peru provide earliest evidence of indigo dye use. The fabrics were 6,200 years old, which makes them older than the previously known oldest sample of indigo dye from Egypt.

Ancient September 17, 2016

DNA Testing Identifies Deadly Bacteria That Caused 1665 Great Plague Of London

The causative organism behind the Great Plague of London was discovered. The DNA analysis of teeth of the victims from the plague pit confirmed Yersinia pestis to be the pathogen behind the outbreak.

Ancient September 9, 2016

All Because Of A Tree Fall: Anthropologists Identify Cause Of Death For Early Human Ancestor 'Lucy'

It all ended for Lucy after a tree fall. An analysis of the early human ancestor’s bones revealed that falling off a tree caused her death.

Ancient August 30, 2016

Rare Composite Skeleton Of Dodo Bird Up For Sale In England

An auction house in England is putting up for sale a rare, composite skeleton of a Dodo bird. Officials say the near-complete skeleton is the first of its kind.

Ancient August 26, 2016

Near-Complete Skull Of Tyrannosaurus Rex Unearthed In Montana

A team of paleontologists from Seattle's Burke Museum discovered an extremely rare fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex in Montana. The rare find may help scientists unravel more details about the ferocious dinosaur.

Ancient August 24, 2016

Newly Identified Species Of Extinct 'Micro Lion' Named After Sir David Attenborough

Scientists in Australia name a newly identified species of extinct marsupial lions in honor of famous British naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The species are particularly interesting due to their size and the structure of their teeth.

Ancient August 23, 2016

Hyperspectral Imaging Reveals Images Hidden In Ancient Mexican Manuscript Codex Selden

A new high-tech imaging method has unveiled hidden pictographs in the ancient Mexican manuscript Codex Selden without damaging the pages. What do the images inked in yellow, red and orange show?

Ancient August 19, 2016

Extinct River Dolphin Species Discovered At The Smithsonian

The Arktocara yakataga was sitting in a Smithsonian collection for decades before it was identified. It turns out the extinct river dolphin still has a living relative today.

Ancient August 19, 2016

Ancient Fashion: DNA Analysis Reveals What Otzi The Iceman Wore When He Died

After 25 years, researchers have finally figured out what Otzi the Iceman was wearing when he died: pretty much the entire zoo.

Ancient August 18, 2016

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