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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

Birdlike Dinosaur With Rainbow Feathers Discovered By Scientists In China

A dinosaur has been discovered in China with birdlike traits and rainbow plumage. Named Caihong juji, the newly discovered species can help scientists know more about the evolution of iridescence in birds.

Ancient January 16, 2018

Fossil Of Turkey-Sized Dinosaur Found In 113-Million-Year-Old Rocks In Australia

The partial skeleton of a turkey-sized dinosaur were found at a site in Australia. The dinosaur appeared to be tangled in a log-jam, suggesting it roamed in a forested environment.

Ancient January 12, 2018

5,000-Year-Old Rock Art Discovered In India Could Be Oldest Depiction Of Supernova

An ancient rock art, found in India, could be the earliest known art depicting a supernova. It could also be the oldest example of a sky chart.

Ancient January 9, 2018

Aztec Stone Shrine Discovered Beside Mexican Volcano Was An Ancient Map Of Universe

An Aztec stone shrine discovered in a pond beside a Mexican volcano is believed to depict an ancient map of the universe. The flow of water into the pond was controlled to make the structure look like it was floating.

Ancient January 5, 2018

Ancient DNA Of Baby Girl Unearthed In Alaska Provides Glimpse Into First Native Americans

DNA taken from a baby unearthed in Alaska provided a glimpse into the origins of the Native Americans. The child was named "sunrise girl-child" by the local indigenous community, an appropriate name as she has shed light into ancient history.

Ancient January 4, 2018

Monster Bird Discovered: Prehistoric Penguins From New Zealand Were As Big As Men

Scientists have discovered fossils of a prehistoric penguin that stood 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds. The newly discovered species was given the name Kumimanu biceae, with Kumimanu meaning 'monster bird' in Maori.

Ancient December 14, 2017

2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Taken To Hospital For Medical Testing

Syracuse's Crouse Hospital performed medical tests on its oldest patient ever on Sunday. A 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy was brought in for a CT scan.

Ancient December 12, 2017

Early Humans Migrated Out Of Africa 60,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

New discoveries show modern humans have likely dispersed into the Asian continent 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers said that the "Out of Africa" human migration theory may need to be revised.

Ancient December 11, 2017

World's Oldest Eye Discovered In 530-Million-Year-Old Trilobite Fossil

The fossilized remains of a 530-million-year-old trilobite was found to contain the world's oldest preserved eyes ever discovered. Amazingly, researchers found merely small diferences betwen primitive and modern eyes.

Ancient December 9, 2017

Little Foot: South Africa Unveils 3.6 Million-Year-Old Skeleton Of Young Girl

A 3.6 million-year-old skeleton belonging to an early human ancestor was unveiled in South Africa. The fossil belonged to Little Foot, a young female.

Ancient December 7, 2017

Scientists Discover New Aquatic Dinosaur That Looked Like A Duck But Had Claws And Teeth Like A Crocodile

Scientists have discovered a strange dinosaur that combined certain traits of ducks, swans, penguins, crocodiles, and Velociraptors. The new species, named Halszka, lived 75 million years ago and is believed to have spent most of its days in the water.

Ancient December 7, 2017

Bronze Age Iron Tools Used Metal From Space

Bronze Age artifacts revealed nickel levels and ratio of iron to cobalt that suggest these were made using metals from meteorites. The metal state of meteoric iron may also explain why it was used in the Bronze Age.

Ancient December 6, 2017

Paleontologists Recover More Mammoth Bones From Michigan Site

Two years after the discovery of the Bristle Mammoth, University of Michigan paleontologists were able to return to the site for a two-day dig. They found 40 additional bones that could give clues to life in ancient Michigan.

Ancient December 2, 2017

Particle Accelerator Reveals Objects Buried With An Ancient Egyptian Mummy

Researchers used the Advanced Photon Source particle accelerator to unveil the mysteries of a mummy without the risk of damaging it. What did the researchers find in the body?

Ancient November 30, 2017

45-Million-Year Old Finger And Toe Fossils From China Suggests Early Human Ancestors Came From Asia

The fossils of nearly 500 tiny fingers and toes of primates, dating back to 45 million years ago, was recently detailed by researchers. The findings have suggested that the early ancestors of humans came from Asia.

Ancient November 13, 2017

Living Fossil: Prehistoric Shark From Age Of Dinosaurs Caught Off Portugal Coast

A prehistoric shark caught off the Portugal coast can give more insight into the species known as frilled sharks. The sharks are called living fossil because their evolution has remained unchanged for 80 million years.

Ancient November 12, 2017

World's Oldest Wine: Ancient Jars In Georgia Hold Evidence Of 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking

Ancient pottery fragments found in two archaeological sites in Georgia have traces of tartaric acid, a chemical fingerprint of grapes. What other evidences show the Eurasian country is home of the earliest winemakers?

Ancient November 14, 2017

145 Million-Year-Old Rat Teeth Offer Clues On Origins Of Modern Mammals

A student recently uncovered two ancient teeth in England that belong to rat-like creatures that lived 145 million years ago. Scientists say the creatures are the oldest known ancestors of modern mammals, including human beings.

Ancient November 7, 2017

Scientists May Have Found Missing Link Chemical That Led To Life On Earth

The origin of life is one of the biggest questions scientists have been trying to answer. Now, some chemists believe a chemical called DAP may be the link to explain the beginning of primitive Earth.

Ancient November 7, 2017

'Assassin's Creed Origins' Predicted Newly-Discovered Hidden Chamber In Egypt’s Great Pyramid Of Giza

The newly discovered chamber deep in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza appears to have long been built into 'Assassin's Creed: Origins'. How did the game developers predict the existence of this hidden void?

Ancient November 5, 2017

Lone Male Mammoths More Risk-Taking, Fell Into More Traps Than Females

Researchers find that 7 out of 10 woolly mammoth remains from Siberia were of males. This suggests a matriarchal social structure of mammoths, much like modern-day elephants.

Ancient November 3, 2017

Scientists Discover Mysterious Big Void In Great Pyramid Of Giza: Here's How They Did It

Archaeologists have found a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The discovery of the void was made with the help of cosmic ray imaging.

Ancient November 3, 2017

Human Migration Into Europe May Have Led To Neanderthal Extinction

The slow migration of humans from Africa to Europe brought about the eventual doom of Neanderthals, according to a new study. Moreover, the research suggests that Neanderthals would have become extinct irrespective of humans' evolutionary advantage or climate change.

Ancient November 2, 2017

Scientists Pinpoint Date Of Oldest Solar Eclipse Recorded: Here's Why This New Calculation Is Significant

A research team has been able to identify the earliest recorded date for a solar eclipse. The finding, which may have an implication on the timeline of the ancient world, was based on a Biblical text that has long puzzled researchers.

Ancient October 30, 2017

LOOK: This 6000-Year-Old Human Skull Belonged To Oldest Known Tsunami Victim

An ancient skull found in Papua New Guinea in 1929 is believed to be the world's oldest known tsunami victim. Where is the rest of its body?

Ancient October 28, 2017

Jurassic Ichtyhosaur Fossil Found In India For The First Time

The first almost-complete Jurassic ichthyosaur fossil was found in the Kachchh Region of Gujarat, India. Though the skull and tail are incomplete, the ancient marine reptile was likely 5.5 meters long.

Ancient October 27, 2017

Prehistoric Ape Teeth Found In Germany May Rewrite Human History

Ancient teeth were found from the sediments of a river near Eppelsheim, Germany. The teeth are believed to be from a yet-to-be-described mystery primate.

Ancient October 25, 2017

Google Earth Reveals Nearly 400 Ancient Stone Gates In Saudi Arabia

Archaeologists have discovered around 400 ancient manmade structures in Saudi Arabia. The purpose of these edifices referred to as 'gates', however, is still mysterious.

Ancient October 24, 2017

9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth From Unidentified Ancient Primate Found In Germany

Researchers found teeth believed to belong to a mystery primate that could be very distant relatives of humans. However, experts are not convinced that this is another link in the human evolution mystery.

Ancient October 21, 2017

Last Common Ancestor Of Humans And Apes As Small As Gibbons

Researchers of a new study found that a gibbon-sized primate was likely the last common ancestor of humans and apes, not a chimpanzee-sized primate. The new research sheds light into the complex human family tree.

Ancient October 15, 2017

Early Humans Formed Social Networks To Avoid Inbreeding

Genome sequencing suggests that the 34,000-year-old remains at the Sunghir site in Russia were from individuals that are second cousins. This suggests that unlike other hominin species, these ancient humans avoided inbreeding.

Ancient October 6, 2017

Blame This Hominin Species For Giving Modern Humans Genital Herpes

Scientists have identified the hominin species responsible for passing genital herpes to our ancient human ancestors. Here's how the virus possibly managed to jump the species barriers.

Ancient October 2, 2017

Skeleton Shows Neanderthal Kids Grew Up Like Modern Human Children

The skeleton of a 7-year-old Neanderthal child revealed that kids of the extinct human species grew up similar to modern humans. Researchers also noted "subtle differences" in growth and development.

Ancient September 24, 2017

This Ancient Frog Had Jaws Strong Enough To Eat Small Dinosaurs And Crocodiles

A team of researchers has estimated that the jaws of the Beelzebufo ampinga were strong enough to allow the ancient creature to eat small dinosaurs and crocodiles. The so-called 'devil frog' used to live in Madagascar and is thankfully extinct.

Ancient September 21, 2017

DNA Confirms Female Viking Warrior Buried In Sweden Grave

DNA tests offer the first evidence that female Viking warriors did exist. The Viking warrior buried in a Sweden grave was a high-ranking officer with knowledge of tactics and strategy.

Ancient September 11, 2017

Scientists Unravel Secret Of Stain In 800-Year Old Vatican Scroll

The complete story of Laurentius Loricatus is kept in an 800-year-old parchment that has incurred mysterious purple stains. Scientists have now identified the bacteria responsible for the damages.

Ancient September 8, 2017

5.7-Million-Year-Old Human-Like Footprints From Greece Challenge Human Evolution Timeline

A new study describes the discovery of strikingly human-like 5.7-million-year-old footprints in Greece. Could this be evidence of early humans in Greece or of an unknown human-like primate species?

Ancient September 3, 2017

Skeleton From Cave In Mexico Could Be Oldest Human Remains In Americas

Excellently preserved skeletal remains were found by divers in an underwater cave in the Yucatan Peninsula. Despite difficulties in carbon dating, they found that the remains are likely 11,300 to 13,000 years old.

Ancient September 1, 2017

Ancient Babylon Tablet Holds World's Oldest Trigonometry Table

The Babylonian clay tablet called Plimpton 322 has now been revealed as an ancient trigonometric table. Although it is over 3,000 years old, its mathematical merits still have prospects for improving the modern world.

Ancient August 25, 2017

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