Archaeology

Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery

Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery

No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts -- mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger - living some 12,800 years ago...
Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘Aspirin’

Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘Aspirin’

Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behavior, diet...
400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal

400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal

A large international research team has found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during...
Neanderthals at El Sidrón ate a diet of wild mushrooms, pine nuts and moss

Neanderthals at El Sidrón ate a diet of wild mushrooms, pine nuts and moss

The studies of Neanderthal fossil remains found at dig sites across Europe continue to provide information about their lifestyles. In the last few years, genome...
400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum

400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum

A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of scientists. Researchers from...
A 180 million year old dinosaur dinner

A 180 million year old dinosaur dinner

While artistic reconstructions of dinosaurs preying on each other are a fantastic way of illustrating the real-life behaviours of these fantastic creatures, direct evidence...
Vision, not limbs, led fish onto land 385 million years ago

Vision, not limbs, led fish onto land 385 million years ago

A provocative new study suggests it was the power of the eyes and not the limbs that first led our ancient aquatic ancestors to...
How dinosaurs learned to stand on their own two feet

How dinosaurs learned to stand on their own two feet

Researchers investigate evolution of bipedalism in ancient dinosaur ancestors Paleontologists at the University of Alberta have developed a new theory to explain why the ancient...
100,000-year-old human skulls from East Asia reveal complex mix of trends in time, space

100,000-year-old human skulls from East Asia reveal complex mix of trends in time, space

Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the biology and populations patterns of the...
500-year-old rare book paints a vivid portrait of life in the 12th Century

500-year-old rare book paints a vivid portrait of life in the 12th Century

At first glance, the book in Myron Groover’s hands appears small and unassuming. But contained within the plain, nondescript cover is a centuries-old text– a...