Archaeology

Extreme heat could cause animals to shrink (again)

Extreme heat could cause animals to shrink (again)

More than 50 million years ago, when Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size. While this...
Archaeologists find earliest evidence of winemaking

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of winemaking

Excavations in the Republic of Georgia have uncovered evidence of the earliest winemaking anywhere in the world. The discovery dates the origin of the practice...
Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered

Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered

Researchers have found what they say is the only fossil ever discovered of a spider attack on prey caught in its web – a...
Nearly 500 finger and toe bones belonged to tiny primates 45 million years ago

Nearly 500 finger and toe bones belonged to tiny primates 45 million years ago

At Northern Illinois University, Dan Gebo opens a cabinet and pulls out a drawer full of thin plastic cases filled with clear gelatin capsules. Inside...
Man's earliest ancestors discovered in southern England

Man’s earliest ancestors discovered in southern England

Fossils of the oldest mammals related to mankind have been discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset Fossils of the oldest mammals related to mankind...
Archaeologists unearth 'masterpiece' sealstone in Greek tomb

Archaeologists unearth ‘masterpiece’ sealstone in Greek tomb

In the more than two years since University of Cincinnati researchers unearthed the 3,500-year-old tomb of a Bronze Age warrior in southwest Greece, an...
Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

Researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on 30 October 1207 BC,...
Older Neandertal survived with a little help from his friends

Older Neandertal survived with a little help from his friends

Despite deafness, missing forearm and limp, he lived into his 40s An older Neandertal from about 50,000 years ago, who had suffered multiple injuries and...
Evolution The beneficiaries of mass extinction

Evolution: The beneficiaries of mass extinction

Mass extinctions were followed by periods of low diversity in which certain new species dominated wide regions of the supercontinent Pangaea, reports a new...
'Lost chapel' of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3-D model

‘Lost chapel’ of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3D model

The first dedicated House of Commons chamber, destroyed in the 1834 Palace of Westminster fire, has been reconstructed with the help of 3D visualization...