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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

Was Antikythera Mechanism A 2,100-Year-Old Computer?

An ancient device thought to predict astronomical events may have been a computer built 21 centuries ago. Why did ancient Greeks build this machine?

Ancient June 12, 2016

What Is The Mysterious Monument Discovered At Petra?

An ancient, massive structure has been discovered in the city of Petra in Jordan. What was the purpose of this once-magnificent building?

Ancient June 9, 2016

Fossil Teeth Hint Mammals Thrived Millions Of Years Before Dinosaur Extinction

New evidence suggests that early mammals may have already been diversified even before the extinction of the dinosaurs. This contradicts the popular notion that mammals only became dominant after the massive reptiles were wiped out.

Ancient June 9, 2016

My Precious! Real-Life Hobbits Go Back 700,000 Years

The ancient hobbit people of Indonesia were living on the island of Flores 700,000 years before previously believed. What was the origin of these tiny ancient people?

Ancient June 9, 2016

Ancient Farmers From Northern Greece And Western Turkey Brought Agriculture To Europe

How did agriculture spread to Europe, which was once dominated by hunter-gatherers? DNA analysis revealed that farming was brought by migrant farmers from northern Greece and western Turkey.

Ancient June 8, 2016

DNA Sequencing Proves Aboriginal People As Australians

New DNA evidence suggests that Aboriginal Australians were in fact the original inhabitants of Australia. This runs contrary to an earlier assumption that a different group of ancient humans lived on the continent but was only displaced by Aboriginal people.

Ancient June 7, 2016

Ice Age Bison Skull Offers Clues About Early Humans In America

Steppe bison fossils offered clues into ancient human settlement in America, showing that early humans likely colonized the area along the Pacific coast and not through the Rocky Mountains corridor as traditionally thought.

Ancient June 8, 2016

Archaeologists Test New Scanner That May Unlock Ancient Secrets Of Egypt's Great Pyramid

The quest for Egypt's ancient secrets continues. A team of French scientists is testing a new telescope that can scan the pyramids' hidden chambers as well as other undiscovered structures inside.

Ancient June 4, 2016

Utah Man Claims To Discover Fossilized Bigfoot Skull While Hiking

A man in Utah says he has found a skull of a Bigfoot during one of his hikes in the Ogden Canyon. He also claims to have seen the creatures alive once or twice in his lifetime.

Ancient June 4, 2016

2000-Year-Old Writing Tablets Found At Building Site Mention Earliest 'Roman Londoners'

Ancient writing tablets found at a London building site reveal earliest record of Roman Londoners. The old texts reveal that early London inhabitants come from different cultures, and London was the center of finance and commerce.

Ancient June 2, 2016

Cosmic Blade: King Tut's Dagger Was Made From Meteorite's Iron

Nearly a century after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, scientists are still learning new things about his life and burial. New research suggests that the boy king's dagger was from 'extraterrestrial origin.'

Ancient June 2, 2016

Ancient Rice Grains, Mung Beans Hint Asian Origins Of Madagascar Inhabitants

An analysis of ancient crops in Madagascar shows first evidence of the inhabitants’ ancestral link to Southeast Asians. Findings also reveal that Southeast Asians might have colonized the nearby islands of Comoros.

Ancient May 31, 2016

40000-Year-Old Juvenile Mammoth Named Lyuba Gets Featured In Canadian Museum

The world's only fully preserved mammoth has visited Canada for a very special exhibit this June. Its appearance in the country is a triumph of Canadian scientists' diplomatic and scientific efforts.

Ancient May 31, 2016

Building The Stonehenge Could Have Required Only 20 Persons: Report

A new report states that Preseli bluestones are not difficult to move to Stonehenge. All that it requires are 20 persons and a sleigh system.

Ancient May 29, 2016

Bad Weather May Have Saved Europe From Being Conquered By The Mongols

At its peak, the nomadic Mongol empire ravaged cities and conquered nations. Just as it was setting its sights on Austria, the ferocious warriors retreated. What happened?

Ancient May 29, 2016

Bizarre Ancient Marsupials Had Taste For Snails

Malleodectes mirabilis was an ancient marsupial with a taste for escargot, which goes back 15 million years. Here is the the story of how this creature was discovered.

Ancient May 29, 2016

DNA Analysis Of Ancient Phoenician From Carthage Reveals European Ancestry

Using DNA analysis, researchers have found that an ancient Phoenician found in Carthage has European lineage. The Phoenician civilization introduced the first alphabetic writing used today.

Ancient May 28, 2016

This Archaeologist Claims Discovery Of Greek Philosopher Aristotle's Ancient Burial Place

Have archaeologists discovered the 2,400-year-old tomb of ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle? Although there is no solid evidence, all clues point to an ancient tomb-shrine dedicated to the prolific genius.

Ancient May 28, 2016

Cataclysmic Ancient Landslide Shaped Zion National Park: Study

Utah's famous Zion National Park was formed after a massive rock landslide blocked the nearby Virgin River and created a lake some 4,800 years ago. This event is what gave Zion its distinct flat and tranquil valley floor.

Ancient May 27, 2016

York Scientists Scale The Alps To Scan High-Altitude Prehistoric Art

A team of archaeologists from University of York scaled the Alps to scan the highest-elevation prehistoric rock paintings ever found. Photos from the project were enhanced.

Ancient May 28, 2016

Stalagmite Rings Likely Made By Neanderthals In French Cave Predate Arrival Of Homo Sapiens

Stalagmite rings found in a French cave suggest Neanderthals had the ability to conceive complex patterns. While the purpose of the rings are still in question, scientists say the discovery predates the arrival of Homo sapiens.

Ancient May 26, 2016

What Are The Mysterious Neanderthal Cave Rings?

Neanderthals may have been far more sophisticated than previously believed. What do we know about a mysterious underground structure created by members of that species 176,000 years ago?

Ancient May 25, 2016

Fossil Of New Ichthyosaur Species Hints At Evolution Of Marine Reptiles After Mass Extinction

The discovery of a more ancient ichthyosaur, Sclerocormus parviceps, showed how marine reptiles evolved after a mass extinction. The fossil cast doubt on an earlier theory that evolution during the period occurred for millions of years.

Ancient May 24, 2016

Ancient Pottery Reveals Ingredients Of 5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe

Ancient Chinese pottery revealed 5,000-year-old beer ingredients. The discovery suggests that people during that time had already developed advanced beer-making techniques.

Ancient May 23, 2016

Scotty The T. Rex Is Saskatchewan's New Fossil Emblem

Saskatchewan will have a dinosaur fossil as its official provincial emblem. Scotty the T. rex got the most online votes and will be officially inducted later this year.

Ancient May 20, 2016

This Newly Discovered Dinosaur Suffered From A Bone Infection Before Dying

A long, long time ago, a horned, spike-frilled dinosaur got struck with a bone infection and died sometime after. Discovered by a team in Montana, the dinosaur is now named Judith. Here is her story.

Ancient May 19, 2016

Seaweed-Like Fossils Found In China Divide Scientific Community About Evolution Of Complex Life On Earth

Seaweed-like fossils found in China suggest that the evolution of complex life on Earth started earlier than previously thought. The discovery divides the scientific community about evolution.

Ancient May 19, 2016

Remains Of Massive Asteroid That Struck Ancient Earth Found In Australia

Australian researchers have found evidence of a massive asteroid colliding with Earth during our planet's early life. The proof: spherules or tiny glass beads in seafloor sediments in northwestern Australia.

Ancient May 18, 2016

Discovery Inside Northern Florida Sinkhole Could Rewrite History

Inside the Florida sinkhole, a discovered ancient civilization challenges history. Analysis of artifacts has revealed that Clovis were not the earliest civilization to roam the Americas.

Ancient May 17, 2016

Secrets Of First Americans Uncovered From Mastodon Bones

Clovis hunters were not the first inhabitants of North America after all, a new find suggests. Humans were butchering mastodons in Florida 15 centuries before their arrival.

Ancient May 14, 2016

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