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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

Climate Change And Colder Temperatures May Have Doomed Neanderthals

Neanderthals may have been driven to extinction by climate change, as well as the arrival of modern humans in Europe, research shows. How does this change what we know of the ancient creatures?

Ancient May 12, 2016

How British Scientists Accidentally Discovered A Tiny Mummified Fetus

Without meaning to, scientists in Cambridge accidentally discovered that an ancient Egyptian coffin housed in a museum actually contained a tiny mummified fetus.

Ancient May 13, 2016

Mummified Fetus Shows How Ancient Egyptians Treat Unborn Children

Fitzwilliam Museum researchers in the UK employed a special CT scan to estimate the age of a mummified human fetus from ancient Egypt, and afterwards discovered the importance of the unborn child in the long-gone civilization.

Ancient May 12, 2016

Fragment Of World's Oldest Stone Axe Reveals Cutting-Edge Technology From Prehistoric Ancestors

A piece of the world's oldest stone axe uncovered by Australian scientists reveals that the technology of the early settlers were not as simple as believed.

Ancient May 11, 2016

Experts Debunk Teen's Discovery Of Ancient Mayan City Using Star Maps

Experts have debunked a teen's claim that he discovered a lost Mayan city using star maps. While satellite images show the presence of structures in the location, there is no guarantee that it was indeed a long-lost ancient Mayan civilization.

Ancient May 11, 2016

15-Year-Old Schoolboy From Quebec Discovers Forgotten Mayan City In Mexico

A 15-year-old schoolboy from Quebec claims he has found a long-lost Mayan city. Here is how he accomplished this incredible feat.

Ancient May 11, 2016

Ancient Atmosphere Of Earth Thinner Than That On Mount Everest Today

Researchers from the University of Washington found that Earth's ancient atmosphere is thinner than that on Mount Everest today. The team also found that life thrived then despite having weak sunlight and high levels of greenhouse gases.

Ancient May 11, 2016

New Evidence Reveals Ancient Marine Reptile Mosasaurs Were Warm-Blooded Creatures

The ancient aquatic reptile species known as mosasaurs were warm-blooded creatures, not cold-blooded, a new report revealed. These creatures went extinct 66 million years ago.

Ancient May 10, 2016

Cosmic Rays, Space Particles Unravel Ancient Secrets Of Egypt's Pyramids

Cosmic rays were able to unravel the secrets of ancient Egyptian pyramids. The project paves the way for finally unlocking what is inside the pyramids.

Ancient May 9, 2016

What The Discovery Of Hammerhead Marine Reptile Suggests About Life After The Permian Mass Extinction

Hundreds of millions of years ago, a massive extinction event wiped out 96 percent of species on Earth, and the 4 percent survived. The discovery of a marine reptile may offer insight about the survival of these remaining species.

Ancient May 7, 2016

Had There Been No Global Cooling, Primate Evolution Could Have Continued In Asia: Study

Although primates evolved into humans, apes and monkeys in Africa, they first emerged in Asia. A new study suggests that had there been no global cooling, primates could have continued to evolve in Asia instead of Africa.

Ancient May 6, 2016

DNA Analysis Of Ice Age Human Bones Unveils Complex Patterns Of Migration: Why This Is Important

The analysis of the DNA of human bones from 51 prehistoric people goes beyond explaining the complexity of migrations back then. It also shows how European population has evolved through time.

Ancient May 5, 2016

Hiker In Spain Discovers Well-Preserved Footprint Of Prehistoric Reptile

A hiker in Spain has discovered a fossilized footprint while exploring the hills near the city of Barcelona. Experts believe the print was made by an ancient reptile known as the Isochirotherium some 230 million years ago.

Ancient May 5, 2016

Ancient DNA Shows All Europeans Were Once Descended From Belgians

New DNA analysis techniques are revealing new information about human migrations in Europe during the Ice Age. How did researchers uncover a wealth of new secrets hidden in the ancient genetic code?

Ancient May 3, 2016

Where It All Began: Origin Of Oldest Crystals In The World Revealed

Zircon crystals have allowed researchers to make inferences about a young Earth. With their origin revealed, the world’s oldest rocks offer a new insight on the planet’s formation.

Ancient April 30, 2016

Ancient City Of Palmyra Retains Authenticity, Integrity Despite Destruction: UNESCO

The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was visited by UNESCO as part of a technical rapid assessment mission to take preliminary stock of its destruction. The World Heritage site fell under a year-long invasion by Islamic State terrorists (ISIS).

Ancient April 30, 2016

9,000-Year-Old Kennewick Man To Be Given Native American Burial

After decades of debate, the 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man will finally be given a Native American burial, following a recent report that confirmed his origins. The battle between science and ancient faith continues even after the Kennewick Man finds his final resting place.

Ancient April 29, 2016

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