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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

Researchers Find Second-Oldest Shipwreck In Lake Ontario: What This Could Mean For American History

New York-based underwater explorers have discovered the second-oldest shipwreck in the Great Lakes. The wreckage belonged to the Washington, a Canadian-owned sloop that sank in Lake Ontario during a storm in 1803.

Ancient August 18, 2016

3000-Year-Old Human Remains May Have Been Sacrificed To Zeus

Ancient Greece was the birthplace of philosophy, rational thinking and democracy. But behind all these remarkable feats, the society may have contained cruel and gruesome traditions, a new study suggests.

Ancient August 13, 2016

400-Year-Old Petroglyphs Unearthed On Hawaiian Beach

One July evening, two tourists strolling on a Hawaiian coast accidentally stumbled upon something fascinating. The tourists discovered curious carvings believed to have been made by Hawaiian indigenous people.

Ancient August 11, 2016

First Americans Migrated By Coastal Route, Not Via Ice-Free Corridor

How did the first Americans migrate to North America? A prominent theory suggests that prehistoric humans used an ice-free corridor to travel. However, the findings of a new study may refute this theory.

Ancient August 10, 2016

Piltdown Man Hoax: How One Man Faked One Of The Biggest Archaeological Discoveries In History

For years, the scientific community struggled to figure out who was behind the Piltdown Man hoax, and now, it's been figured out: just Charles Dawson.

Ancient August 10, 2016

Ancient Stone Tools Used To Butcher Rhinoceros, Other Animals Shed Light On Survival Skills Of Early Humans

Stone tools discovered in a former oasis in Jordan have animal residues such as blood. The discovery suggests early humans in Middle East have butchered animals for food.

Ancient August 10, 2016

Fossilized Ear Shows Ancient Toothed Whales' Ultrasonic Hearing Emerged Much Earlier

The ultrasonic hearing of ancient toothed whales may have emerged much earlier than believed, a new study revealed. A well-preserved fossilized ear provides insight on the matter.

Ancient August 4, 2016

Duck-Billed Dinosaur From New Jersey Suffered From Arthritis

For the first time ever, researchers have found evidence of septic arthritis in a dinosaur.

Ancient August 4, 2016

Lonely Woolly Mammoths On Alaskan Island Died Of Thirst

An isolated population of Alaskan woolly mammoths survived 5,000 years after their cousins and relatives went extinct. However, a new study revealed that it was the lack of access to freshwater that finally took them down.

Ancient August 1, 2016

New Evidence Suggests Early European And Native American Interactions Were Deeply Religious

Recently discovered cave markings in the Caribbean suggest that early interactions between Europeans and Native Americans weren't as violent and oppressive as initially thought — in some places.

Ancient July 20, 2016

World's Earliest Farmers Originated From Diverse Group In The Fertile Crescent

Did agriculture originate from a homogeneous group of early farmers? A new study suggests otherwise, indicating that farming during the Stone Age may have been invented by diverse groups in the Fertile Crescent.

Ancient July 16, 2016

Is The Newly Discovered Dinosaur With T. Rex Arms 'Cursed'?

After a long and arduous expedition, scientists from the Field Museum unearthed the fossils of a dinosaur with T. rex-like arms. During the trip, however, a few misfortunes befell the team.

Ancient July 15, 2016

Newly Discovered Philistine Cemetery Sheds Light On Biblical Enemy Of Ancient Israelites

Archeologists finally discovered a Philistine cemetery after 30 years of excavation. The graveyard may solve mysteries of how Goliath's people — Israelites' Biblical enemy — were laid to rest.

Ancient July 12, 2016

Ancient Bones Suggest Neanderthals Practiced Cannibalism 40,000 Years Ago

A new study suggests late Neanderthals not only buried their dead, but they also probably butchered and fashioned them into tools as well. The findings raise many questions about the lives of these prehistoric humans.

Ancient July 8, 2016

How Does Carregal Do Sal Stack Up To Stonehenge?

Carregal do Sal was an advanced astronomical tool for a Stone Age monument. How does it stack up to others, such as Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza?

Ancient July 3, 2016

Evolution Follows Least Resistant Path, Leads To Suboptimal Physical Traits

A new study found that evolution appears to follow the path of least resistance, which can lead to suboptimal physical traits that do not typically match functional needs.

Ancient July 4, 2016

6,000-Year-Old Stone Tombs Served As Prehistoric Telescopes To View Stars

Ancient stone tombs may have been more than just a final resting place for the dead, a new study suggests. These structures may have also served as prehistoric 'telescopes,' albeit without the lens.

Ancient July 1, 2016

14,000-Year-Old Mammoth Skeleton Discovered In Mexico City During A Drain Installation

Archaeologists unearth the remains of a 14,000-year-old Columbian mammoth in the Tultepec village in Mexico City. The fossilized remains were discovered during a drain installation, lying two meters underneath a village street.

Ancient June 27, 2016

How Did Insects Use Camouflage 100 Million Years Ago?

Insects were using pieces of the natural world for camouflage, even 100 million years ago. What secrets are fossils trapped in amber revealing to biologists?

Ancient June 25, 2016

Archaeologists Find Human Skeletons, Gold Coins In Ancient Pompeii Shop Ruins

Archaeologists discovered four human skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop in Pompeii. The remains belong to people who died when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79.

Ancient June 25, 2016

Two Pottery Pieces In North Carolina Could Be Linked To Lost Roanoke Colony

Archeologists in North Carolina have uncovered two ancient pottery pieces on Roanoke Island. The discovery may help shed light on one of the greatest American mysteries of all time.

Ancient June 24, 2016

Great Pyramid Of Giza Not A Perfect Square: Engineers Find Construction Error In Ancient Monument

Despite its impressive level of accuracy, Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza was not perfectly built. New measurements show the ancient monument's base is lopsided.

Ancient June 22, 2016

Viking Gold Discovery In Denmark: Amateur Archaeologists Find Largest Trove Of Treasure Ever

A trio of amateur archaelogists uncovered the largest treasure trove of Viking gold ever found in Denmark. The treasure will be displayed at a local museum.

Ancient June 18, 2016

Ice Age Giants Fell From Onslaught Of Humans, Climate Change

Giant animals which roamed the Earth at the end of the ice age may have met their match from a one-two punch of human hunters and climate change. What was life like during this distant era?

Ancient June 18, 2016

Bizarre Meteorite - First Of Its Kind - Unearthed In Sweden

A quarry in Sweden is the resting place of a meteorite unlike any ever seen on Earth. What is the history and geology of this bizarre extinct meteorite?

Ancient June 16, 2016

2,100-Year-Old Computer Used To Predict The Future: How Does The Antikythera Mechanism Work?

The 2,100-year-old Antikythera mechanism may have also been used for astrology and not just for tracking the sun, moon and the planets. How did this ancient device work?

Ancient June 16, 2016

Butter From 2,000 Years Ago Discovered In Ireland

A 22-pound chuck of butter churned 20 centuries ago has been found in Ireland. Would you believe it is still edible?

Ancient June 15, 2016

Archaeologists Reveal Vast, New Medieval Cities In Cambodia

New medieval cities surrounding Angkor Wat in Cambodia were finally revealed in a groundbreaking discovery. Through airborne laser scanning technology lidar, archaeologists were able to map out a vast cityscape buried underneath vegetation.

Ancient June 13, 2016

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