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Hole In Stone Age Cow's Skull Bears Evidence Of Early Cranial Surgery

A stone age cow skull was found to have a hole that was likely made as a result of cranial surgery. Such evidence of trepanation has never been seen on animals before.

Ancient April 19, 2018

Ancient Humans Are The Reason Big Mammals Are Extinct And Mammals Have Shrunk

A new study shows that the reason there are so few large mammals left today is that ancient humans hunted them to extinction. This also explains why mammals today are much smaller than their predecessors.

Ancient April 20, 2018

Scientists Test The Silurian Hypothesis: Were Humans The First Industrial Civilization On Earth?

Scientists put the Silurian hypothesis to the test, to see if humans were the first major civilization on Earth. Scientists questioned what traces an industrial civilization would leave behind.

Ancient April 18, 2018

Mass Extinction Led To An Explosion Of Dinosaurs, Making Them The Dominant Species On Earth

Dinosaurs left with a bang, and it turns out that they also originated with a bang. Dinosaurs exploded after a mass extinction, allowing them to become the dominant species on Earth.

Ancient April 16, 2018

Prehistoric Jawbone Found In UK Belongs To Triassic Marine Reptile The Size Of A Blue Whale

Fossils of a prehistoric ichthyosaur the size of a blue whale were found in the beach area in the UK. Analysis suggests that it is the largest of its kind discovered so far.

Ancient April 10, 2018

88,000 Year Old Middle Finger Found In Saudi Arabia, Possibly Changes Timeline Of Human Migration

A fossil of a middle finger found in Saudi Arabia is the oldest human fossil found outside of Africa and the Levant. This finding could change the scientific understanding of human migration.

Ancient April 9, 2018

The Shape Of Neanderthals' Skulls Helped Them Survive In Cold Weather And Allowed Turbo Breathing

New research has revealed that the shape of Neanderthals' skulls allowed them to survive in cold weather. This feature also enabled them to take in more air.

Ancient April 8, 2018

Turns Out Dinosaurs Were Killed Off By Flowers, Then The Asteroid Put The Nail In The Coffin

Conventional wisdom has it that the dinosaurs were killed off due to an asteroid, but new research may flip that on its head. It turns out that the culprit was flowers.

Ancient April 5, 2018

36,000 Computer Simulations Show That Vikings May Have Used Crystals To Navigate The Atlantic

Vikings may have been able to make the journey across the Atlantic Ocean by using crystals called sunstones. Before compasses, they used devices called sun compasses that relied on shadows. Unfortunately, they didn't work on cloudy days.

Ancient April 4, 2018

This Ancient Monitor Lizard Had 4 Eyes And Lived 49 Million Years Ago

An ancient monitor lizard that lived 49 million years ago had two sets of eyes. This is the first terrestrial animal that is observed to have this trait and scientists made the discovery by reexamining Saniwa ensidens fossils.

Ancient April 2, 2018

3 Boys Find Piece Of Mastodon Jawbone In Mississippi

Three boys walking along their family property in Mississippi stumbled upon the jawbone of a Mastodon. The boys took the fossil to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science where it was verified to be the remains of a mastodon.

Ancient March 29, 2018

Earliest Human Footprints In North America Are 13,000 Years Old, And They Were Found On A Canadian Island

Scientists have discovered the earliest set of human footprints in North America. The 13,000-year-old footprints were found on the short of Calvert Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Ancient March 28, 2018

Ancient Settlements Discovered In Supposedly Uninhabited Parts Of The Amazon

Archaeologists have discovered ancient settlements in supposedly uninhabited parts of the Amazon rainforest, proving that it was heavily influenced by human activities. It is believed that the lost villages were once home to up to a million people.

Ancient March 28, 2018

Archeologists Discover Dead Medieval Woman Who Gave Birth In Her Coffin

In a surprising discovery, archaeologists have found the remains of a woman who gave birth to a baby while in her coffin. Both were dead by the time they were in the coffin.

Ancient March 27, 2018

Scientists Reveal That 'Empty' Coffin Has 2,500-Year-Old Mummy Inside

A coffin that was thought to be empty that was stored at Sydney University for 150 years was revealed to have a mummy inside. Scientists revealed that they found a 2,500 year old mummy inside the coffin.

Ancient March 26, 2018

Mayans Bred, Traded Dogs For Ceremonial Use: Evidence Found In Animal Isotopes

A new archaeological research found that dogs were a fundamental part of the Mayan civilization, a symbol of power, and an instrument during tribal ceremonies. These findings showed significant differences on how animals were used in other ancient societies.

Ancient March 25, 2018

Egyptian Artifact Reveals Mysterious Head Of Female Pharaoh Hatshepsut

During a handling session, an Egyptologist and his students uncovered a rare archaeological find. Upon examining two slabs of limestone, they found that it depicts the first female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut.

Ancient March 24, 2018

Scientists Have Sequenced 5 New Neanderthal Genomes, Showing Their Lives During The Final Years

Five new ancient genomes of Neanderthal tribes have been sequenced, giving scientists a new picture of their final days. It could also show more Neanderthal DNA in humans.

Ancient March 23, 2018

Mysterious Mummy Found In Chile Is Not An Alien Skeleton: Here's What It Really Is

A mysterious mummy that was found in an abandoned mining town in the Atacama Desert of Chile looked like an alien skeleton. Scientists, however, have determined the true nature of the alleged proof of extraterrestrial life.

Ancient March 23, 2018

Ancient Humans Bred With The Denisovans More Than Once: How This Interbreeding Affects Modern Humans

The Denisovans and ancient humans interbred at least twice. Here are some of the traits in modern humans that are linked to genes inherited from the extinct hominin species.

Ancient March 17, 2018

Primitive Tools Found In Kenya Shows Evidence Of Early Innovation And Trade

Researchers found that some early human groups likely developed lighter tools and engaged in trade earlier than previously believed. Does this mean that the Middle Stone Age happened earlier?

Ancient March 17, 2018

HS2 Engineers Discover Ancient Coastline In Ruislip, West London That's 56 Million Years Old

While working on the route of U.K.'s new high-speed rail line HS2, workers discovered an ancient coastline in a London suburb. Findings show that the area was once swampy.

Ancient March 16, 2018

Early Humans Mated With Neanderthal Relative Denisovans At Least 2 Times

A new study revealed that ancient humans mated with the Denisovans not just once. Denisovans are related to the more famous hominids species, the Neanderthals.

Ancient March 16, 2018

520 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Brain And Nervous System Of Sea Monster Found In Greenland

A fossilized brain and nervous system of an ancient arthropod were found in northern Greenland recently. Its simple brain gives researchers an idea of what the ancient creature was like.

Ancient March 15, 2018

Ancient Shark Tooth Stolen From Secret Location In Australia

A fossilized tooth belonging to the Megalodon shark was stolen from a secret location in a World Heritage site in Australia. What would a thief do with an ancient shark tooth?

Ancient March 14, 2018

Three-Fingered Mummies Found To Be Not Human, According To Tests

Three-fingered mummies unearthed in Peru are not what they appear to be, although they may already be dismissed. Tests run on the mummies show that they’re not human.

Ancient March 12, 2018

Prehistoric Baby Bird Fossil Could Shed Light On Avian Evolution

A 127-million-year-old tiny fossil of a baby bird could throw light on the evolution of birds in the age of the dinosaurs. The fossil belongs to a group of prehistoric birds known as Enantiornithes.

Ancient March 6, 2018

World's Earliest Figural Tattoos Found On 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummies

A pair of Egyptian mummies were found to have been inked with the oldest known figural tattoos. The tattoos cannot be seen under normal light, but can be distinctly seen under infrared light.

Ancient March 3, 2018

Oldest Known Cave Art Found To Be Of Neanderthal Origin, Shows Symbolic Behavior

Were Neanderthals really just the brutish cousins of early modern humans? A new study shows they might have been into art and symbolic behavior as well.

Ancient February 23, 2018

Ancient Mayan Civilization Artifacts Found In World's Largest Underwater Cave

Mayan artifacts and human bones that appear to be at least 9,000 years old were found in Mexico’s Sac Actun, the largest underwater cave system in the world. Most of the nearly 200 artifacts are from Mayan civilization.

Ancient February 20, 2018

Ancient Tooth Proves Extinct Taino Tribe Has Living Descendants In The Caribbean

Researchers sequenced DNA from a tooth belonging to a woman who lived in the Bahamas 500 years before Christopher Columbus arrived. It proved that the extinct Taino still has bloodline in the people living in the Caribbean today.

Ancient February 20, 2018

Cheddar Man: Britain's Dark-Skinned Ancestor Shows Pale Skin Of Europeans Is A Recent Phenomenon

The Cheddar Man, a hunter-gatherer who lived about 10,000 years ago, had dark skin and blue eyes. These traits are indicative of the physical characteristics of the population of Europe during his time.

Ancient February 8, 2018

The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Triggered Catastrophic Underwater Volcano Eruptions

A new study claimed that the asteroid crash 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs also triggered catastrophic underwater volcano eruptions. Some scientists, however, remain skeptical that the two events are connected.

Ancient February 8, 2018

Ancient DNA Findings Show Ancient Brits Had Dark Skin

After dying 10,000 years ago the face of Cheddar Man has finally been revealed. His face was recreated from the skeleton found more than a century ago.

Ancient February 7, 2018

Massive Comet Crashed Into Earth 13,000 Years Ago, Triggering Firestorms And Mini Ice Age

An international team of scientists concluded that a massive comet crashed into the Earth 13,000 years ago. The event supposedly created firestorms around the world, with the dust clouds blocking the sun and eventually leading into a mini ice age.

Ancient February 5, 2018

Pre-Aztec Remains In Spiral Formation Discovered In Mexico

The remains discovered in an ancient burial site were arranged in a circular or spiral manner. Is the strange positioning of the bodies evidence of a ritualistic burial?

Ancient February 2, 2018

Sandstone Slab Found At NASA Goddard Shows Interactions Between Dinosaurs And Mammals Through Ancient Footprints

A slab of sandstone discovered a few years back provided a glimpse into the how dinosaurs and mammals interacted millions of years ago. Ironically, it was found at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Ancient February 1, 2018

Discovery Of Stone Tools In India Rewrites History Of When Humans Left Africa

Archaeologists recently discovered ancient stone tools in India that date back to 385,000 years ago. They believe the finding could rewrite the history of when early modern humans migrated out of Africa.

Ancient February 2, 2018

10,000-Year Old Artifact Found Near Ancient Lake Could Be World's Oldest Crayon

An object found near an ancient lake in-filled with peat during the Mesolithic Period could be the world's oldest crayon. What are the signs that indicate the artifact was used as a coloring tool?

Ancient January 28, 2018

Human Migration Rewritten? Oldest Known Human Fossil Outside Africa Discovered In Israel

The oldest early human fossil out of Africa has been discovered in a cave in Israel. Is it about time to rewrite the traditional 'out of Africa' theory?

Ancient January 27, 2018

Over 2,000 Artifacts Recovered From Norway's Melting Glaciers

Artifacts that were hidden for thousands of years are being recovered from Norway's melting glaciers. What can these items reveal about human activity in the past?

Ancient January 27, 2018

Scientists Reconstruct Face Of Teen Who Lived 9,000 Years Ago

The reconstructed face of Avgi, or Dawn, a female teen who lived in Greece at the end of the Mesolithic period shows a scowling expression. Why does she have an angry face?

Ancient January 25, 2018

Proof Of Ancient Scandal Or Of Gender Equal Society? Two Mummy Brothers Do Not Have The Same Father

Researchers found that the famous Egyptian Two Brothers had the same mother but had different fathers. It is possible that their mother was the one who was of high social standing?

Ancient January 20, 2018

DNA Test Shows 'Two Brothers' Egyptian Mummies Had The Same Mother But Different Fathers

Findings of DNA analyses confirmed earlier suspicions about the 'Two brothers' Egyptian mummies housed at the Manchester Museum. TestS revealed they were just half brothers.

Ancient January 19, 2018

Black Plague Spread By Human Parasites Not Rats, New Study Claims

A new study claimed that human parasites spread the devastating black plague in medieval Europe. It is generally believed that rats and their fleas caused the widespread endemic that killed millions of people.

Ancient January 16, 2018

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