Archaeology

A student uses a digitizer to record geometric morphometric sites on a skull.

Ancient skulls shed light on migration in the Roman Empire

Skeletal evidence shows that, hundreds of years after the Roman Republic conquered most of the Mediterranean world, coastal communities in what is now south...
Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive

Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive

Researchers have determined that the fossils of an extinct species from the Triassic Period are the long-missing link that connects Kermit the Frog's amphibian...
Fantastic ostrich eggs and where to find them

Fantastic ostrich eggs and where to find them

Archaeologists and scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Durham and the British Museum are using cutting edge technology to crack a conundrum surrounding...
Healthy Diet? That Depends on Your Genes

Healthy Diet? That Depends on Your Genes

A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to...
Ancient Grain Tells the Tale of Our Ancestors’ Cities

Ancient Grain Tells the Tale of Our Ancestors’ Cities

Archaeological digs in the Middle East have revealed the remains of ancient harvests that record how some of the world’s earliest cities grew and...
Naracoorte, where half a million years of biodiversity and climate history are trapped in caves

Naracoorte, where half a million years of biodiversity and climate history are trapped in...

In 1857, guided by the flickering light of a candle deep in a cave at Naracoorte in South Australia, the Reverend Julian Tenison-Woods stumbled across thousands...
Extinct early whales listened like their relatives on land

Extinct early whales listened like their relatives on land

Whales rely on a keen sense of hearing for their underwater existence. But whales show surprisingly vast differences in hearing ability. Baleen whales tune into...
The first genome data recovered from ancient Egyptian mummies

First complete DNA data recovered from ancient Egyptian mummies

An international team of scientists successfully recovered and analyzed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BCE to 400 CE, including the...
Ever Wonder What It Would Be Like to Touch a Tyrannosaurus Rex?

Ever Wonder What It Would Be Like to Touch a Tyrannosaurus Rex?

For the first time, researchers know what it would feel like to pet a Tyrannosaurus rex, thanks to the discovery of skin fossils in Alberta and...
World's first named dinosaur reveals new unseen teeth

World’s first named dinosaur reveals new unseen teeth

Pioneering technology has shed fresh light on the world's first scientifically-described dinosaur fossil - over 200 years after it was first discovered. Professor Mark Williams...