Archaeology

Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya collapse

Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya civilization collapse

The severity of drought conditions during the demise of the Maya civilization about one thousand years ago has been quantified. This represents another piece of...
Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct 'hobbits'

Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct ‘hobbits’

Two pygmy populations on the same tropical island. One went extinct tens of thousands of years ago; the other still lives there. Are they related? It's...
Ancient society's lesson may help you grow your social networks, success and influence

Ancient society’s lesson may help you grow your social networks, success and influence

Food, celebrations and an affinity for connecting with strangers may be the answer, at least according to the archeological record A new study on ancient...
Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever found

Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever found

As it turns out, "Bigfoot" was a dinosaur--a giant, plant-eating one. A new study based on fossils excavated in Wyoming reveals the largest dinosaur foot...
Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years

Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years

Flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago found in Jordan At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a...
Armored dinosaur from Utah reveals intriguing family history

Armored dinosaur from Utah reveals intriguing family history

Fossils of a new genus and species of an ankylosaurid dinosaur--Akainacephalus johnsoni-- have been unearthed in the Kaiparowits Formation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument...
When and why did our human ancestors first leave Africa

When and why did our human ancestors first leave Africa?

Researchers of human evolution awoke to exciting and provocative news from the journal Nature on Wednesday: Scattered remains of stone tools — dating back 2.1...
Toddlers once had toes for climbing trees

Toddlers once had toes for climbing trees

“If you are a bad upright walker, you are going to get eaten by leopards and go extinct.” A new analysis of a child’s foot...
Oldest tools outside Africa found, rewriting human story

Oldest tools outside Africa found, rewriting human story

Modern humans' distant relatives left Africa earlier than previously thought—rewriting a key chapter in humankind's epic prequel, according to a discovery unveiled on Wednesday...
Rethinking Homo Sapiens

Rethinking Homo Sapiens? The story of our origins gets dizzyingly complicated

A manifesto from 23 researchers challenges old models, and outlines the major new directions archaeology should follow to solve the puzzling origins of modern...