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Scientists Find Bone Cancer In 240-Million-Year-Old Fossil

Scientists found a mysterious mass in the fossil of the Pappochelys rosinae, the oldest known turtle, unearthed in 2015. They revealed in a recent study that the mass was a malignant tumor.

Ancient February 9, 2019

Neanderthals And Denisovans Shared Denisova Cave In Siberia For Thousands Of Years

Two new studies shed light on when the Neanderthals and the Denisovans occupied the Denisova cave in Siberia. Evidence suggests the two species shared the space for thousands of years.

Ancient January 31, 2019

Canadian Glacial Melt Uncovers Ancient Landscapes Hidden For 40,000 Years

Researchers said that the melting glaciers in the Arctic are exposing landscapes that have never been seen in over 40,000 years. From Baffin Island, they collected samples of ancient plants preserved in ice in the region.

Ancient January 30, 2019

Neanderthals Were Intelligent Enough To Make Spears That Could Kill Animals At A Distance

In a study that involved javelin athletes throwing Schöningen spear replicas, researchers found the Neanderthals could hit and kill their prey at a distance. It was earlier thought these early humans could only hunt at close range.

Ancient January 26, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Human Ancestor Species That Was Likely A Hybrid Of Neanderthals And Denisovans

Deep learning algorithm identified the genome of a human ancestor that would have been a hybrid of the Neanderthals and Denisovans. This species is not known to modern science.

Ancient January 19, 2019

Scientists Say Pair Of Ancient Hominin Skeletons Found In South Africa Are From Same Species

Malapa Hominin 1 (male) and Malapa Hominin 2 (female) were found to be from the same hominin species. After a decade of analysis, scientists concluded that the skeletons unearthed in South Africa were both Australopithecus sediba.

Ancient January 19, 2019

Researchers Get To The Bottom Of Easter Island Mystery

A new study found that the locations of the megalithic platforms or ahu at Eastern Island in Chile are tied to the community's basic needs for survival. Whenever there are giant statues in an area, there are massive amounts of freshwater.

Ancient January 11, 2019

Blue Pigment In A Medieval Nun's Teeth Sheds Light On Women's Role In Manuscript Writing

Researchers discovered a blue pigment that was believed to be grounded from lapis lazuli in a medieval nun's teeth. The findings shed light on how women were part of religious text writing.

Ancient January 10, 2019

Brain Of Australopithecus 'Little Foot' Reveals Ape-Like And Human-Like Features

The brain endocast of Little Foot showed the Australopithecus had a combination of ape-like and human-like features. It also suggested brain lateralization evolved early in the primate lineage.

Ancient December 26, 2018

DNA Study May Help Return Remains Of Aboriginal Australians Sold To Museums To Home Soil

A new study found that analysis of DNA from ancient Aboriginal Australian remains can be used to repatriate their bodies and bring them back to their original land. The study yielded a positive match in remains used.

Ancient December 20, 2018

Archaeologists Discover 4,400-year-old Tomb Of Royal Egyptian Priest Wahtye

The well-preserved tomb is the final resting place of the royal priest Wahtye. He lived during the reign of Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt.

Ancient December 18, 2018

Scientists Find Stalagmites That Could Be 'Holy Grail' Of Carbon Dating

View from the Hulu Caves in China. Scientists found a pair of stalagmites that push the limits of radiocarbon dating. The stalagmites were found to be 54,000 years old and offered an unbroken atmospheric record.

Ancient December 14, 2018

Scientists Dig Up 5,000-Year-Old Remains Of Woman Who Died Of The Plague

Researchers revealed that the bones of a woman that died 5,000 years ago contain a strain of Yersinia pestis bacterium. It is the oldest strain of the plague identified in history.

Ancient December 7, 2018

Stone Tools Found In Algeria Could Rewrite Existing Theories On Human Origins

Researchers revealed that East Africa might not be the cradle of humanity after ancient stone tools were found in Algeria. Instead, hominins and their tools independently evolved all over Africa.

Ancient December 1, 2018

Search Company Claims To Have Found Lost City Of Atlantis

Another team had yet again claimed that they finally found where the lost city of Atlantis once stood. The search company behind this latest expedition said the fictional city was near the coast of in Spain.

Ancient November 29, 2018

Modern Humans Lived Alongside Extinct Giant One-Horned 'Siberian Unicorns'

Siberian unicorns existed around the time modern humans made it to Eurasia. Scientists revealed that the changes in the environment were to be blamed for the rhinos' extinction.

Ancient November 28, 2018

Early Humans Interbreeding With Neanderthals More Common Than Previously Thought

While other scientists had thought that interbreeding between primitive humans and Neanderthals only happened once, a new study said otherwise. Researchers explained that about 75,000 years ago, the two species interbred several times.

Ancient November 27, 2018

Sodom And Gomorrah May Have Been Destroyed By An Asteroid Strike

A team of archaeologists claimed that they found the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah near the Dead Sea. A massive asteroid explosion might have led to the destruction of an early civilization about 3,700 years ago.

Ancient November 26, 2018

Early Humans Not Responsible For Ancient Megaherbivore Extinctions In Africa, Says Study

Scientists absolved human ancestors from the mystery of the disappearance of megaherbivore species in Africa. Instead, the decline of global atmospheric CO2 caused by the expansion of grasslands might have killed many large mammals.

Ancient November 23, 2018

DNA Analysis Unravels The History Of Mysterious Extinct Monkey Species Unlike Any Living Monkey

Xenothrix monkeys have gone extinct, but researchers were able to extract ancient DNA from remains in a cave in Jamaica. They found that titi monkeys are the closest surviving relatives of the ancient monkey species.

Ancient November 13, 2018

Legal Battle Ended: Scientists Reveal Origin Of World's Oldest Natural Mummy

DNA sequencing revealed that the world's oldest natural mummy was Native American. The legal battle for world's oldest natural mummy has finally ended, giving custody of the mummy to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe.

Ancient November 10, 2018

Study Of Ancient DNA Sheds Light On The Earliest Human Residents Of The Americas

Researchers found the same distinctive DNA type of North America's Clovis culture in excavation sites in Central and South America. This offered a strong evidence that the early humans migrated south thousands of years ago.

Ancient November 9, 2018

World's Oldest Cave Painting Of Animal Found In Borneo

A new paper revealed that an animal painting inside a cave in a remote part of Borneo is about 40,000 years old. This contradicts the previous belief that cave painting originated in Europe.

Ancient November 8, 2018

Study Of 250,000 Year Old Teeth Shows Neanderthal Children Exposed To Very Harsh Winters

A new study found that Neanderthal children experienced sickness and starvation during frigid cold periods in early Europe. The discovery was made after scientists studied chemical traces from 250,000-year-old teeth.

Ancient November 1, 2018

Newly Found Ancient Spear Points Could Complicate Early History Of The Americas

Researchers have found weapons created some 15,000 years ago in a site in Texas. The spear points are believed to be used to hunt animals such as the now extinct mammoths.

Ancient October 25, 2018

Bible Museum In Washington DC Says Some Of Its Dead Sea Scrolls Are Fake

The Museum of the Bible in Washington DC will remove five of its artifacts that were once thought to be part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What revealed the questionable authenticity of the fragments?

Ancient October 23, 2018

Ancient Mount Vesuvius Eruption Made Skulls Explode, Vaporized Body Fluids

The Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD killed thousands of people, and many thought that most of them died due to asphyxiation. However, a new study revealed that for some victims, their skulls exploded and bodily fluids vaporized.

Ancient October 10, 2018

Modern Humans Inherited Virus Defenses From Interbreeding With Neanderthals: Study

What kind of 'gift' did the Neanderthals leave humans when they interbred thousands of years ago? According to new study, the Neanderthals shared their precious virus defenses with modern humans.

Ancient October 5, 2018

Massive Dinosaur Discovered In South Africa Named 'Giant Thunderclap At Dawn'

Scientists have unearthed a new dinosaur species in South Africa that is a relative of the brontosaurus. The massive ancient animal has been named Ledumahadi mafube, which means 'giant thunderclap at dawn.'

Ancient September 28, 2018

Elephant Bird Bones Suggest Early Human Activity In Madagascar 6,000 Years Earlier Than Believed

New findings suggest that humans coexisted with Madagascar elephant birds for thousands of years. Does this mean that they are not to blame for the massive birds' extinction?

Ancient September 14, 2018

One Specific Gene Mutation Helped Turn Humans Into Excellent Long-Distance Runners

A gene mutation that took place millions of years ago had changed the way modern human ancestors lived. The same broken gene made mice run faster and for a longer period of time in a new experiment.

Ancient September 13, 2018

Fishermen Stumble Upon Historic Catch: Ancient Giant Elk Skull With Massive Antlers

Fishermen stumbled upon an ancient skull with massive antlers while out fishing in Northern Ireland. The almost fully intact fossil belonged to the Irish Elk, which has been extinct for more than 10,000 years.

Ancient September 10, 2018

Researchers Find 7,200-Year-Old Cheese In Ancient Pottery From Dalmatian Coast

Researchers found the earliest evidence of milk production in the Mediterranean. From pottery, they analyzed fatty residue dating back to 7,200 years ago or 4,000 years earlier than previously believed.

Ancient September 7, 2018

Cold Climate Played Part In Driving Neanderthals To Extinction

Scientists believe that they have found the answer to the mystery of the sudden extinction of Neanderthals 40,000 years ago. Stalagmite layers revealed that Europe experienced cold and dry climate that might have wiped off Neanderthal populations.

Ancient September 1, 2018

Ancient Parasitic Wasps Found Inside Fly Fossils, Named Xenomorphia After 'Alien' Movies

A team of researchers discovered four new species of ancient parasitic wasps while examining fly pupae fossils. The insects were named after the terrifying creatures in the 'Aliens' movies because they also burst out of their hosts.

Ancient August 29, 2018

Ancient Fossil Had Mixed Parentage: Neanderthal Mom And Denisovan Dad

A fossil found in Russia proved that Neanderthals and Denisovans had intermingled and interbred tens of thousands of years ago before they went extinct. Neanderthals and Denisovans are the closest relatives of modern humans.

Ancient August 23, 2018

'Cursed' Cheese Found In Egyptian Tomb Might Be The World's Oldest

Researchers reveal that the strange mass they found in an Egyptian tomb was likely a 3,000-year-old cheese. It is, however, 'cursed' with a harmful bacteria infestation.

Ancient August 17, 2018

Citizen Scientist Finds Ancient Mega Shark Teeth At Australia Beach

A citizen scientist's find in an Australia beach is not just rare but significant as well. While other shark teeth fossil finds are of just one shark tooth, this one pulled over 40 teeth from a boulder.

Ancient August 10, 2018

Who Built The Stonehenge? Cremated Bones Hint At Creators Of Prehistoric Monument

People were more interested in how and why the Stonehenge was build but less concerned about the builders. Now, analysis of cremated bones at the Stonehenge offered lead to the possible identities of the people who built the monument.

Ancient August 3, 2018

Ancient Library That May Have Contained Up To 20,000 Scrolls Discovered In Germany

Last year in Cologne, Germany, archeologists unearthed the remains of what they thought was a public assembly hall. However, it turned out that the structure might actually be the oldest known public library in the country.

Ancient August 1, 2018

Paleontologists Bake Synthetic Fossils That Look Like The Real Thing

Using sediment-encased maturation method, paleontologists baked synthetic fossils in the laboratory that look and act like the real thing. How were they able to cram the fossilization process in just 24 hours?

Ancient July 26, 2018

Egypt Opens Mysterious Giant Sarcophagus: Here’s What’s Inside

Three skeletons and stinky sewage water. This was what experts discovered inside the massive black sarcophagus unearthed in Alexandria, Egypt earlier this month after opening it amid warnings of an ancient curse.

Ancient July 20, 2018

Neanderthals Could Make Fire Using Prehistoric Stone Tools

The Neanderthals were able to produce their own fire. Researchers found microscopic wear on prehistoric stone tools that are produced by a type of rock-striking to produce sparks.

Ancient July 21, 2018

New Armored Dinosaur Species Discovered In Utah Named 'Thorny Head'

A new armored dinosaur species discovered in Utah has been named Akainacephalus johnsoni, with its first name meaning 'thorny head.' The ankylosaurid further confirms that there were at least two immigration events that happened in the late Cretaceous period.

Ancient July 20, 2018

Scientists Discover Oldest Baby Snake Fossil In Amber: Here's Why It's So Important

A baby snake fossil has been found preserved in amber from the Kachin region of Myanmar. The discovery is important because it revealed that snakes may have moved to forests from coastal regions earlier than previously thought, among other things.

Ancient July 19, 2018

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