Archaeology

3.3-million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine

3.3-million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine

Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The...
Re-constructing the crew of the Mary Rose

Re-constructing the crew of the Mary Rose

For the first time in 500 years, scientists examining human remains from Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose will be able to determine if any bones come...
More than 50,000 frozen Alaskan artefacts will be returned home

More Than 50,000 Frozen Alaskan Artefacts Will Be Returned Home

A huge collection of artefacts 'frozen in time' which offer a unique insight into the indigenous people of Alaska will be returned to the...
Viking army camp uncovered by archaeologists

Viking Army Camp Uncovered by Archaeologists

A huge camp which was home to thousands of Vikings as they prepared to conquer England in the late ninth century has been uncovered...
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction

Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction

Researchers in the USA and Japan say they may have found the cause of the first mass extinction of life. There have been five mass...
T. rex could crush 8,000 pounds

T. rex could crush 8,000 pounds

The giant Tyrannosaurus rex pulverized bones by biting down with forces equaling the weight of three small cars while simultaneously generating world record tooth pressures, according...
Insect fossils in amber shed light on India's geological history

Insect fossils in amber shed light on India’s geological history

A new species of fungus gnat in Indian amber closely resembles its fossil relatives from Europe, disproving the concept of a strongly isolated Indian...
Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming

Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?

The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of...
Can houses die

Can houses die? Iron-age longhouses were burned and buried

Burial mounds may equally well mark the tomb of a house as that of a human, archaeologist argues. From the Bronze Age until the Viking...
Baleen whales' ancestors were toothy suction feeders

Baleen whales’ ancestors were toothy suction feeders

Modern whales' ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans. An analysis of a 36.4-million-year-old whale fossil...