Archaeology

Tropical 'banana eater' birds lived in North America 52 million years ago

Tropical ‘banana eater’ birds lived in North America 52 million years ago

A fossil of an ancestor of modern tropical birds has been found in North America, proving they also used to live in the Northern...
How did a cockatoo reach 13th century Sicily

How did a cockatoo reach 13th century Sicily?

Images of an Australasian cockatoo have been discovered in a manuscript dating from 13th century Sicily, now held in the Vatican library. This finding reveals...
A weird thing happened to men about 7,000 years ago

A weird thing happened to men about 7,000 years ago

Starting about 7,000 years ago, and extending over the next two millennia, recent studies suggest, the genetic diversity of men—specifically, the diversity of their...
Ancient primates had extra claws just for grooming

Ancient primates had extra claws just for grooming

Why don’t we have them? Maybe because we have each other Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws....

Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age

Archaeologists at Lund University in Sweden have found carbonized germinated grains showing that malt was produced for beer brewing as early as the Iron...
Ancient primates had grooming claws as well as nails

Ancient primates had grooming claws as well as nails

Why don't we have them? Maybe because we have each other Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But...
Montana burial site answers questions about early humans

Montana burial site answers questions about early humans

Scientists have shown that at the Anzick site in Montana - the only known Clovis burial site - the skeletal remains of a young...
What did ancient Babylonians eat

What did ancient Babylonians eat?

A Yale-Harvard team tested their recipes Even ancient Babylonians chefs knew the value of a good cookbook. Not unlike today’s chefs, the ancient Babylonians favored recipes...
Tiny frog trapped with beetle in amber for over 99 million years

Tiny frog trapped with beetle in amber for over 99 million years

Amber fossils provide oldest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests About 99 million years ago, a tiny juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar was suddenly...
Sunflowers underwent rapid evolutionary transition in just over 5000 years

Sunflowers underwent rapid evolutionary transition in just over 5000 years

A new CU Boulder-led study sheds light on the genetic mechanisms that allowed sunflowers to undergo a relatively rapid evolutionary transition from wild to...