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Scientists discover a 99-million-year-old beetle trapped in Burmese amber

This discovery offers clue to gymnosperm pollination Flowering plants are well known for their special relationship to the insects and other animals that serve as...

Prehistoric mummy shows ancient Egyptian embalming ‘recipe’ was around for millennia

It is the first time that extensive tests have been carried out on an intact prehistoric mummy, consolidating the researchers' previous findings that embalming...
Scientists discover world's oldest cheese in Egyptian tomb

Scientists discover world’s oldest cheese in Egyptian tomb

Aging usually improves the flavor of cheese, but that's not why some very old cheese discovered in an Egyptian tomb is drawing attention. Instead, it's...

Native Americans engaged in trade more extensively than thought

A research team has found a copper band that indicates ancient Native Americans engaged in extensive trade networks spanning far greater distances than what...
Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

New archaeological research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Homo erectus, an extinct species of primitive humans, went extinct in part because...
Scientists discover new evidence about the origins of people buried at Stonehenge

Scientists discover new evidence about the origins of people buried at Stonehenge

People buried at Stonehenge 5,000 years ago likely lived in west Wales where Stonehenge’s smaller standing stones – bluestones – originated from, according to...
Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya collapse

Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya civilization collapse

The severity of drought conditions during the demise of the Maya civilization about one thousand years ago has been quantified. This represents another piece of...
Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct 'hobbits'

Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct ‘hobbits’

Two pygmy populations on the same tropical island. One went extinct tens of thousands of years ago; the other still lives there. Are they related? It's...
Ancient society's lesson may help you grow your social networks, success and influence

Ancient society’s lesson may help you grow your social networks, success and influence

Food, celebrations and an affinity for connecting with strangers may be the answer, at least according to the archeological record A new study on ancient...
Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever found

Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever found

As it turns out, "Bigfoot" was a dinosaur--a giant, plant-eating one. A new study based on fossils excavated in Wyoming reveals the largest dinosaur foot...