Archaeology

Archaeologists find the earliest use of nutmeg as a food

As all things pumpkin spice arrives in grocery store aisles and on restaurant menus, a new study published in the journal Asian Perspectives describes the earliest-known...
Unprecedented study confirms massive scale of lowland Maya civilization

Unprecedented study confirms massive scale of lowland Maya civilization

Tulane University researchers, documenting the discovery of dozens of ancient cities in northern Guatemala through the use of jungle-penetrating Lidar (light detection and ranging)...

Lasers reveal a vast, sophisticated Maya civilization under the Guatemalan jungle

Maya civilization flourished for 2500 years in southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but its location in an inaccessible forest has complicated efforts to fully...

Our taste for beer may go back 13,000 years

Researchers have discovered evidence of the earliest brew masters to date, a finding that might stir an old debate: What came first, beer or...

558 million-year-old fat reveals earliest known animal

Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth...

A single gene mutation may have helped humans become optimal long-distance runners

Two to three million years ago, the functional loss of a single gene triggered a series of significant changes in what would eventually become...

The walking dead: Fossils on the move can distort patterns of mass extinctions

As sea levels change and move habitats, animals follow. Taking these shifts into account when analyzing the fossil record is crucial, researchers said. Using the...

Half-billion-year-old fossils offer new clues to how life exploded on the sea floor

Stephen Pates, a researcher from Oxford University's Department of Zoology, has uncovered secrets from the ancient oceans. With Dr. Rudy Lerosey-Aubril from New England University...
Scientists discover the oldest known abstract drawing from 73,000 years ago

Scientists discover the oldest known abstract drawing from 73,000 years ago

The oldest known abstract drawing, made with ocher, has been found in South Africa's Blombos Cave—on the face of a flake of siliceous rock...

Lesson from Brazil: Museums are not forever

We now know what history going up in flames looks like. On Sept. 2, the National Museum of Brazil lit up Rio de Janeiro’s night...