Archaeology

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of winemaking

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of winemaking

Excavations in the Republic of Georgia have uncovered evidence of the earliest winemaking anywhere in the world. The discovery dates the origin of the practice...
Man's earliest ancestors discovered in southern England

Man’s earliest ancestors discovered in southern England

Fossils of the oldest mammals related to mankind have been discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset Fossils of the oldest mammals related to mankind...
Older Neandertal survived with a little help from his friends

Older Neandertal survived with a little help from his friends

Despite deafness, missing forearm and limp, he lived into his 40s An older Neandertal from about 50,000 years ago, who had suffered multiple injuries and...
Evolution The beneficiaries of mass extinction

Evolution: The beneficiaries of mass extinction

Mass extinctions were followed by periods of low diversity in which certain new species dominated wide regions of the supercontinent Pangaea, reports a new...
'Lost chapel' of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3-D model

‘Lost chapel’ of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3D model

The first dedicated House of Commons chamber, destroyed in the 1834 Palace of Westminster fire, has been reconstructed with the help of 3D visualization...
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

Early humans seem to have recognized the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to...
700-year-old saint myth has been proven (almost) true

700-year-old saint myth has been proven (almost) true

Scientists confirm that the age and content of an old sack is in accordance with a medieval myth about Saint Francis of Assisi. For more...
Scientists track the brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds

Scientists track the brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds

The dramatic, dinosaur-to-bird transition that occurred in reptiles millions of years ago was accompanied by profound changes in the skull roof of those animals. This...
Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth

Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth

Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on...
Why our ancestors would have aced the long jump

Why our ancestors would have aced the long jump

A 52-million-year-old ankle fossil suggests our prehuman ancestors were high-flying acrobats. These first primates spent most of their time in the trees rather than on...