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An ancient relative of humans shows a surprisingly modern trait

A relative of modern humans that lived at least 104,000 years ago in northern China showed evidence of dental growth and development very similar...

How climate change caused the world’s first ever empire to collapse

Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 meters dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites...

Scientists discover a 4,000-year-old cave site on Tibetan Plateau

A cave site containing delicate stone tools and pottery shards believed to be at least 4,000 years old was unearthed in Ngari Prefecture, southwest...

The Siberian unicorn lived at the same time as modern humans

For a long time it was thought that the ancient rhino species Elasmotherium sibiricum, known as the Siberian unicorn, went extinct between 200,000 and...

Newborn insects trapped in 130 million-year-old amber

One of the earliest and toughest trials that all organisms face is birth. The new findings give scientists evidence on how tiny insects broke the...

Early primate ancestor may have come from North America, not Asia

About 56 million years ago, on an Earth so warm that palm trees graced the Arctic Circle, a mouse-sized primate known as Teilhardina first curled its...

Prehistoric cave paintings reveals ancient use of complex astronomy

Some of the world's oldest cave paintings have revealed how ancient people had relatively advanced knowledge of astronomy. The artworks, at sites across Europe, are...

Paleo diet? Science has moved on since the stone age

"Our ancestors didn’t eat like this, so we shouldn’t.” This is the main ethos of many modern diets which advise us to exclude a number...

Human ancestors not to blame for extinctions of early giant African mammals

Climate change and food sources caused the decline in ancient large-mammal species diversity Africa harbors the greatest diversity of large-bodied mammals today, though this was...

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,...