Archaeology

Remarkable artistry hidden in ancient Roman painting revealed

Remarkable artistry hidden in ancient Roman painting revealed

Molten lava, volcanic ash, modern grime, salt, humidity. The ancient painting of a Roman woman has been through it all, and it looks like it. Scientists...
New study shakes the roots of the dinosaur family tree

New study shakes the roots of the dinosaur family tree

More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research...
Cambridge study identifies dinosaur ‘missing link’

Cambridge study identifies dinosaur ‘missing link’

A ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ dinosaur may be the missing link between two major dinosaur groups, plugging what was previously a big gap between them. A bizarre...
Unique imaging of a dinosaur's skull tells evolutionary tale

Unique imaging of a dinosaur’s skull tells evolutionary tale

Scientists create highest-resolution scan of a large tyrannosaur skull Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of...
DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000 years of European fish trade

DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000 years of European fish trade

New research using DNA from the fish bone remains of Viking-era meals reveals that north Norwegians have been transporting – and possibly trading –...
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have...
Amateur collectors in Japan discover country's first and oldest fossil diving bird

Amateur collectors in Japan discover country’s first and oldest fossil diving bird

During a walk near a reservoir in a small Japanese town, amateur collectors made the discovery of their lives - the first and oldest...
Easter Island not destroyed by war, new analysis shows

Easter Island not destroyed by war, new analysis shows

A new study led by a Binghamton University archaeologist contradicts the belief that the ancient civilization of Rapa Nui, Chile, was destroyed by warfare. An...
Medieval fragments yield surprises

Out of the blue: Medieval fragments yield surprises

Analyzing pigments in medieval illuminated manuscript pages at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is opening up some new areas of research bridging...
Through fossil leaves, a step towards Jurassic Park

Through fossil leaves, a step towards Jurassic Park

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in establishing the relationships between 200-million-year-old plants based on chemical fingerprints. Using infrared spectroscopy and statistical analysis of...