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  • Climate change likely caused...
    on November 15, 2018 at 4:48 am

    A new study found evidence that climate change likely drove the Harappans to resettle far away from the floodplains of the Indus. […]

  • Primates of the Caribbean:...
    on November 13, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Analysis of ancient DNA of a mysterious extinct monkey named Xenothrix -- which displays bizarre body characteristics very different to any living monkey -- has revealed that it was in fact most closely related to South America's titi monkeys (Callicebinae). Having made their way overwater to […]

  • New light cast on fishing...
    on November 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    A new study has revealed new insights into ancient fishing throughout history, including what type of fish people were regularly eating as part of their diet. […]

  • The new face of South...
    on November 9, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Study by 72 researchers from eight countries concludes that the Lagoa Santa people are descendants of Clovis culture migrants from North America. Distinctly African features attributed to Luzia were wrong. […]

  • Experts find that stone tools...
    on November 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Stone tools that were discovered and examined by a group of international experts showed for the first time that various communities that lived during the Middle Stone Age period were widely connected and shared ideas around tool design. […]

  • Ancient DNA evidence reveals...
    on November 8, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    A team has used genome-wide ancient DNA data to revise Central and South American history. Their analysis of DNA from 49 individuals spanning about 10,000 years in Belize, Brazil, the Central Andes, and southern South America has concluded that the majority of Central and South American ancestry […]

  • DNA of world's oldest natural...
    on November 8, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    A wide ranging international study that genetically analysed the DNA of a series of famous and controversial ancient remains across North and South America has discovered that the Spirit Cave remains -- the world's oldest natural mummy - was a Native American. They were also able to dismiss a […]

  • Ancient child's tooth reveals...
    on November 8, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Research on a newly rediscovered 9,000-year-old child's tooth has reshaped our understanding of Alaska's ancient people, their genetic background and their diets. The tooth is only the second known remnant of a population of early migrants known as Ancient Beringians. Combined with previous […]

  • Oldest evidence of dairying...
    on November 5, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Although dairy pastoralism once made Mongolian steppe herders successful enough to conquer most of Asia and Europe, the origins of this way of life on the East Asian steppe are still unclear. Now an international team of researchers has uncovered evidence that dairying arrived in Mongolia as early […]

  • Fern plant infusion keeps the...
    on November 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    The remains of a medieval skeleton has shown the first physical evidence that a fern plant could have been used for medicinal purposes in cases such as alopecia, dandruff and kidney stones. […]

  • Neanderthal ribcage...
    on October 30, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Scientists have completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton unearthed to date. Using CT scans of fossils from an approximately 60,000-year-old male skeleton, researchers were able to create a 3D model of the chest -- one that is different […]

  • Interior northwest Nez Perce...
    on October 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Researchers have determined that the Nez Perce grew and smoked tobacco at least 1,200 years ago, long before the arrival of traders and settlers from the eastern United States. Their finding upends a long-held view that indigenous people in this area of the interior Pacific Northwest smoked only […]

  • Sweet discovery pushes back...
    on October 29, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    As Halloween revelers prepare to feast on chocolate, a new study from an international team of researchers is pushing back the origins of the delicious sweet treat. […]

  • Climate change: US desert...
    on October 24, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Geologists study rainfall patterns in the distant past to better understand how deserts in the southwest United States will be impacted by future climate change. […]

  • Societies can remain distinct...
    on October 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Countries around the world can retain distinct cultures despite migration, new research shows. […]

  • Parasites from medieval...
    on October 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    A radical new approach combining archaeology, genetics and microscopy can reveal long-forgotten secrets of human diet, sanitation and movement from studying parasites in ancient excrement, according to new research. […]

  • Extensive trade in fish...
    on October 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Some 3,500 years ago, a brisk trade in fish on the shores of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea had already begun. This conclusion follows from the analysis of 100 fish teeth that were found at various archeological sites in what is now Israel. […]

  • 'Vampire burial' reveals...
    on October 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Archaeologists found the remains of a 10-year-old child with a stone inserted into his or her mouth at a fifth-century Italian cemetery. They think the stone was meant to keep the child from rising from the dead and spreading malaria to the living. […]

  • Statistical method recreates...
    on October 9, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Archaeologists now have new tools for studying the development of medieval villages and the transformation of the historical landscapes surrounding them. Scientists have attempted to reconstruct the history of Zornoztegi, an abandoned medieval village located in the Basque Country, Spain. […]

  • Broad genetic variation on...
    on October 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    The genetic variation within the Scythian nomad group is so broad that it must be explained with the group assimilating people it came in contact with. This is shown in a new study on Bronze and Iron Age genetics of the Pontic-Caspian Steppe, situated in the Black Sea region. […]

  • Anthropologist rewrites...
    on October 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Art often imitates life, but when an anthropologist and a geologist investigated a 2000-year-old carved statue on a tobacco pipe, he exposed a truth he says will rewrite art history. […]

  • Bone knife from Morocco is...
    on October 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    A single bone artifact found in a Moroccan cave is the oldest well-dated specialized bone tool associated with the Aterian culture of the Middle Stone Age, according to a new study. […]

  • Eighth-century skeleton found...
    on October 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    On the island of Torcello, at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice excavation site, some protagonists of the island's thousand-year history have begun to emerge. A tomb datable to around 700 A.D. has recently been unearthed by the site's team of scholars. […]

  • CT technique expands...
    on September 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Researchers using computed tomography (CT) have successfully imaged the soft tissue of an ancient Egyptian mummy's hand down to a microscopic level, according to a new study. […]

  • Southeast Asian population...
    on September 20, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Researchers have uncovered a previously unconfirmed population boom across South East Asia that occurred 4,000 years ago, thanks to a new method for measuring prehistoric population growth. […]

  • Oldest-known aquatic reptiles...
    on September 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    A comprehensive analysis of Mesosaurus fossils shows that bones from adults share similarities with land-dwelling animals -- suggesting older Mesosaurus were semi-aquatic, whereas the juveniles spent their time in the water. This new research emphasizes the importance of thoroughly analyzing […]

  • International study suggest...
    on September 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Using energy consumption as a measure, a team of international scientists has found that ancient civilizations engaged in globalization more than previously believed, suggesting that an integrated global economy is nothing new and may have benefited societies for ages. […]

  • Wild animals were routinely...
    on September 12, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    New evidence from the Maya city of Copan, in Honduras, reveals that ancient Mesoamericans routinely captured and traded wild animals for symbolic and ritual purposes, according to a new study. […]

  • Discovery of the earliest...
    on September 12, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    The oldest known abstract drawing has been found in South Africa's Blombos Cave -- on the face of a flake of siliceous rock retrieved from archaeological strata dated to 73,000 years before the present. The work is at least 30,000 years older than the earliest previously known abstract and […]

  • A prehistoric thirst for...
    on September 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Evidence suggests that stone mortars from Raqefet Cave, Israel, were used in brewing cereal-based beer millennia before the establishment of sedentary villages and cereal agriculture. […]

  • Understanding 6th-century...
    on September 11, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Applying a comprehensive analysis of genetic, historical, and archeological factors in two 6th-century barbarian cemeteries, researchers have gleaned new insights into a key era known as the Migration Period that laid the foundation for modern European society. […]

  • DNA of early medieval...
    on September 5, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    In 1962, an Alemannic burial site containing human skeletal remains was discovered in Niederstotzingen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). Researchers have now examined the DNA of these skeletal remains. […]

  • The gens isiaca in Hispania:...
    on September 4, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Researchers have developed a geo-localized database which enables archaeological pieces from ancient religions to be located on the Iberian Peninsula. This platform, named ''The gens isiaca in Hispania'', provides a catalogue with more than 200 remains from the Roman age on Isis and other Egyptian […]

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