Archaeology

Why are fossilized hairs so rare?

Why are fossilized hairs so rare?

When most people hear the word fossil, they probably think of gigantic leg bones or sharp teeth. But, given the right conditions, after an animal...
Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution

Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution

Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years...
Farming, cheese, chewing changed human skull shape

Farming, cheese, chewing changed human skull shape

The advent of farming, especially dairy products, had a small but significant effect on the shape of human skulls, according to a recently published...
The dinosaur museum that visits you

The dinosaur museum that visits you

The vast expanses of the Gobi Desert are a prime destination for paleontologists. Since the 1920s, expeditions to the Gobi have unearthed thousands of dinosaur...
400 million year old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

400 million year old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

A new study from ANU on a 400 million year old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary...
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 –...