Archaeology

A remarkable new fossilized skeleton of a tyrannosaur discovered in the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in...
by University of Utah
9:37am
10.20.2017
The biological makeup of humans in East Asia is shaping up to be a very complex story, with greater diversity and more distant contacts than previously known.
by Chinese Academy of Sciences
2:38pm
10.13.2017
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What was previously thought to be typical Viking Age patterns in silver have now proven to be geometric Kufic characters. Researchers behind the study also...
by Uppsala University
9:03am
10.13.2017
Scientists have conducted experiments to accelerate degradation in keratinous tissues such as feathers, scales and hair in order to simulate the processes that...
by University of Bristol
9:44am
10.10.2017
A new study suggests that at about 58,000 years ago, Stone Age humans began to settle down, staying in one area for longer periods. The research also provides...
by Wits University
9:43am
10.9.2017
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The first dedicated House of Commons chamber, destroyed in the 1834 Palace of Westminster fire, has been reconstructed with the help of 3-D visualization...
by University of York
2:51pm
10.6.2017
Madagascar, an island off the southeastern coast of Africa, is home to its own unique species of birds, insects and reptiles. A team of researchers has found...
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9:53am
10.5.2017
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Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to very dry about 60,000 years ago. Genetic research indicates people migrated from Africa into...
by University of Arizona
9:34am
10.5.2017
Leprosy was a scourge for Medieval Europe, inflicting disfiguring agony on commoners and kings alike. The condition was just a grueling fact of life that didn’...
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3:01pm
10.4.2017
A newly identified prehistoric marine predator has shed light on the origins of the distant relatives of modern crocodiles. The discovery reveals that an...
by University of Edinburgh
9:29am
10.3.2017
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Indo-European peoples swept from the east into Europe, bringing their culture and language that displaced much of the Neolithic traditions that had held sway...
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3:31pm
9.29.2017
South Africa is well-known for its hominin fossil record. But this time, results from a study of ancient DNA show that the 2000-year-old remains of a boy found...
by University of Johannesburg
9:08am
9.29.2017
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The legend says that St. Francis of Assisi, on his way to sainthood and traveling in France, sent a sack of bread on the wings of an angel back to the doorstep...
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10:33am
9.26.2017
Trilobites were evolutionary pioneers. Fossils from a quarry in southernmost China from more than 500 million years ago show at least two of the species...
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9:54am
9.22.2017
Some big plant-eating dinosaurs roaming present-day Utah some 75 million years ago were slurping up crustaceans on the side, a behavior that may have been tied...
by University of Colorado at Boulder
9:29am
9.21.2017
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Teotihuacan, the mysterious metropolis of ancient Mexico, seems to have provided a blueprint for Aztec city builders a millennia later. A new re-analysis of...
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3:18pm
9.20.2017
The best known sauropod dinosaurs were huge herbivorous creatures, whose brain structures were markedly different from those of their evolutionary predecessors...
by Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat Munchen
2:31pm
9.20.2017
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An intact German World War I submarine containing the bodies of 23 people has been found off the coast of Belgium, authorities said Tuesday. Western Flanders...
by Lorne Cook, Associated Press
8:55am
9.19.2017
With the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of science's most well-known...
by Lund University
2:35pm
9.15.2017
The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka’ in northern Guatemala is the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered at the...
by Washington University in St. Louis
10:08am
9.14.2017
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Ancient DNA recovered from fossils is a valuable tool to study evolution and anthropology. Yet ancient fossil DNA from earlier geological ages has not been...
by University of California, San Diego
1:41pm
9.12.2017
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...
by Duke University
9:33am
9.12.2017
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Egypt announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago and whose...
by Nariman El-Mofty
9:06am
9.11.2017
New uncovered DNA evidence shows that there were in fact female Viking warriors. The remains of an iconic Swedish Viking Age grave now reveal that war was not...
by Uppsala University
9:44am
9.8.2017
Dozens of fossilized footprints along the coast of Crete could be traces from a bipedal, upright hominid ancestor from 5.7 million years ago, according to a...
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10:24am
9.1.2017
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Paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur. The new species is a member of the gigantic, long-necked sauropods. Its fossil...
by National Science Foundation
9:34am
8.25.2017
Researchers working on a 700-year-old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefited farming practices for some 500 years.
by University of York
9:17am
8.22.2017
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Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing...
by Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press
9:45am
8.21.2017
Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years...
by Dan Elliot, Associated Press
2:13pm
8.17.2017
Some of the mystery behind one of Sicily's largest ancient Roman villas is now solved thanks to a team of archeologists. They're the first to successfully...
by University of South Florida
2:43pm
8.16.2017
A new study on a 400-million-year-old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary lineage linked to humans. The fossil comes from...
by Australian National University
9:26am
8.16.2017
Egypt’s antiquities ministry says that archaeologists have discovered three tombs dating back more than 2,000 years, from the Ptolemaic Period.
by The Associated Press
9:09am
8.16.2017
The Roman Republic began its rise to mastery of the Mediterranean in a series of brutal and drawn-out wars with rival Carthage. A new analysis of the metal...
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3:13pm
8.14.2017
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by Antarctic Heritage Trust
9:19am
8.14.2017
Millions of cameras will be pointed skyward on Aug. 21 as the moon passes between the Earth and sun. But the total solar eclipse pictures that will circulate...
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9:57am
8.10.2017
Prehistoric cannibals did not eat other humans just to survive – there was also meaningful ritual behind the grisly funerary feasts, according to new research...
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3:12pm
8.9.2017
The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like.
by The Leakey Foundation
2:45pm
8.9.2017
A study proclaims a newly named species the heavyweight champion of all dinosaurs, making the scary Tyrannosaurus rex look like a munchkin.
by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
9:34am
8.9.2017
New research shows one of North America's most broadly identified dinosaur species is no longer a valid classification, naming two others in its place.
by University of Alberta
3:25pm
8.8.2017
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans diverged from an archaic lineage that gave rise to Neanderthals and Denisovans. Yet the...
by University of Utah
2:56pm
8.8.2017
The study suggests that all contemporary dogs have a common origin and emerged through a single domestication process of wolves 20,000 to 40,000 years ago.
by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
11:48am
8.7.2017
Human scientists have attributed the rise of our ancestors—the genus Homo—to climate change in Eastern Africa. But a computer simulation of evolution appears...
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2:42pm
8.4.2017
Scientists have identified a small marine predator that once patrolled the ocean floor and grabbed its prey with 50 spines that it deployed from its head.
by Yale University
9:29am
8.4.2017
Researchers have discovered old quarries where rock was extracted in order to sculpt Madrid fountains and other monuments. In it, numerous gastropod fossils of...
by SINC
9:32am
8.3.2017
For the first time, scientists have obtained and analyzed genome sequences from the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans, who lived 3,000 to 5,00 years ago and were...
by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
1:05pm
8.2.2017
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