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Scientists recreate ancient climate from Neanderthal teeth

Researchers from Griffith University and ANU have used the teeth of Neanderthal children from 250,000 years ago to reconstruct the ancient climate of southeast France,...

The Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon were using cocoa 5,300 years ago

Traces of cocoa dating back 5300 years have been found in ancient pots in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the oldest proof of cocoa use...

Scientists discover the oldest weapons in North America

The weapons found at the site northwest of Austin, Texas predate Clovis, who for decades were believed to be the first people to enter...

Fragile seashores were ‘cradle of evolution’ for early fish

Evolution of the major groups of fish that we recognize today took place in shallow waters, close to the seashore, according to new research...

Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion

Scientists believe Thylacoleo carnifex was probably a victim of the drying out of Australia, which began about 350,000 years ago, rather than from the...

‘Vampire burial’ reveals efforts to prevent child’s return from grave

The discovery of a 10-year-old's body at an ancient Roman site in Italy suggests measures were taken to prevent the child, possibly infected with...

Ancient Egyptian pigment can boost energy efficiency

A color developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago has a modern-day application as well: The pigment can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and...

Ancient Easter Islanders collected freshwater from the ocean’s edge to survive

Ancient inhabitants of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) maintained a society of thousands by utilizing coastal groundwater discharge as their main source of "freshwater," according...

Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years

Humans did not accelerate the decline of the ‘Green Sahara’ and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by...

Modern humans inherited viral defenses from Neanderthals

Neanderthals mysteriously disappeared about 40,000 years ago, but before vanishing they interbred with another human species that was just beginning its global spread. As a...