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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.

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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

Dry Spell Causes 5,000-Year-Old Mysterious Massive Henge To Appear From Out Of Nowhere In Ireland

A dry spell, a drone, and a bit of luck. That is what photographer Anthony Murphy used to discover a massive henge-type monument dating back to the late Neolithic period in northeastern Ireland.

Ancient July 18, 2018

DNA Tests Confirm Romanovs’ Remains 100 Years After Brutal Assassination

Russian investigators announced that the remains of the last of the Romanovs have been authenticated by DNA tests. The latest results came on the 100th anniversary of the brutal killing of the imperial family.

Ancient July 17, 2018

Ancient Stone Toolmakers Came To North America Far Earlier Than Clovis People

Who were the first humans to arrive in North America thousands of years ago? Certainly not the Clovis people, as new research sheds light on stone toolmakers that lived in Texas 16,000 years ago.

Ancient July 17, 2018

Scientists Debunk Blood Of Jesus Found On The Shroud Of Turin

A new study suggested the bloodstains on the Shroud of Turin were faked. Through a technique used in forensic, the researchers behind the study simulated the actual body position from where the bloodstains could have trickled down onto the fabric.

Ancient July 16, 2018

Archaeologists Find 2,500-Year-Old Workshop For Making Mummies In Egypt

Experts found a mummification workshop where ancient Egyptians used to mummify the dead. They also uncovered a rare silver mask inlayed with gemstones fully preserved from the seventh century BC.

Ancient July 16, 2018

Ancient Iceman Otzi's Last Meal Includes Toxic Fern Bracken

Otzi the Iceman's last meal include wild fat and meat, as well as whole wheat seeds. Researchers also found toxic fern called bracken in his stomach. Why did the ancient hunter ingest the plant?

Ancient July 15, 2018

A Farmer Unearthed A Rare Fossil Of Elephant Ancestor But Hid It From the Public

When a farmer found the fossil of an ancient elephant species near the Pyrenees mountains, he kept it to himself over fear of amateur fossil hunters invading his privacy. Years later, he finally hands it over to experts.

Ancient July 15, 2018

Earthquake Destroys Pyramid, Then Unveils Ancient Temple For Aztec Rain God

A deadly earthquake in September destroyed a pyramid in the Mexican state of Morelos. The unfortunate event nevertheless revealed another wonder that was hidden from the rest of the world after about the 1200AD.

Ancient July 13, 2018

Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ Etched Into Ancient Clay Tablet Unearthed In Olympia

The Greek culture ministry announced that archaeologists have found an ancient clay tablet containing 13 lines from Homer’s ‘The Odyssey.’ This is the oldest known fragment of the epic poem found in its homeland.

Ancient July 12, 2018

World’s Oldest Color Discovered In Rocks Deep Beneath Sahara Desert

A team of international scientists led by researchers from Australia found the oldest color in Earth’s geological record. The ancient pigment found in rocks beneath the Sahara desert could be ten times older than the T-rex.

Ancient July 9, 2018

Ancient DNA Reveals Southeast Asians Are Direct Descendants Of At Least Four Prehistoric Populations

Modern-day Southeast Asians came from at least four ancient ancestors, according to a new study. Ancient DNA analysis showed ancestral diversity in this region is far greater than that of Europe.

Ancient July 9, 2018

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