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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Dec. 19, 2016 — Scientists have uncovered the earliest direct evidence of humans processing plants for food found anywhere in the world. Researchers studied unglazed pottery dating from more than 10,000 years ago, ... read more

Dec. 16, 2016 — Invasive species have shaped island ecosystems and landscapes in the Gulf of Alaska, but their histories are unknown. Researchers have now investigated the archaeological and genetic history of the ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — The arid Atacama Desert, thought to be a barrier to early South American settlers, may have held lakes large enough to sustain small human populations, according to new research. The lakes' ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — An international research team is exploring the remains of an ancient city in central Greece. The results can change the view of an area that traditionally has been considered a backwater of the ... read more

The Emperor's New Coats: History of Horse Coat Colors

Dec. 7, 2016 — Human preferences for horse coat colours have changed greatly over time and across cultures. Spotted and diluted horses were more frequent from the beginning of domestication until the end of the ... read more

Overwhelming Evidence of Malaria's Existence 2,000 Years Ago

Dec. 6, 2016 — An analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has confirmed the presence of malaria during the Roman Empire, addressing a longstanding debate about its ... read more

Dec. 2, 2016 — A team of international archaeologists believe a pair of mummified legs on display in an Italian museum may belong to Egyptian Queen Nefertari – the favorite wife of the pharaoh Ramses ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — 48 skeletons have been discovered in what researchers are calling a ‘Plague Pit.’ 27 of these were from children, say the researchers. This represents an extremely rare discovery, suggesting that ... read more

Nov. 21, 2016 — Hundreds of years before the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans were raising and feasting on America's classic holiday meal. This is the first time scientists have suggested that turkeys were ... read more

Nov. 18, 2016 — Where's the best place to start when retracing the life of a person who lived 4,000 years ago? Turns out, it's simple -- you start at the ... read more

Nov. 4, 2016 — Archeologists have uncovered a large Bronze Age city not far from the town of Dohuk in northern Iraq. The excavation work has demonstrated that the settlement, which is now home to the small Kurdish ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — The discarded bone of a chicken leg, still etched with teeth marks from a dinner thousands of years ago, provides some of the oldest known physical evidence for the introduction of domesticated ... read more

Neanderthals on Cold Steppes Also Ate Plants

Oct. 27, 2016 — Neanderthals in cold regions probably ate a lot more vegetable food than was previously thought, according to new research on ancient Neanderthal dental ... read more

Oct. 21, 2016 — New excavations are underway to investigate the use of the palace Khirbat Al-Minya following the severe earthquake of 749 AD. New findings show that the building lost its palatial function as a ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls more than 15,000 years ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — New uranium series analysis of chief's tomb suggests island's monumental structures are earliest evidence of a chiefdom in the Pacific -- yielding new keys to how societies emerge and ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — By combining traditional archaeology with 3D technology, researchers have managed to reconstruct a house in Pompeii to its original state before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — A rare discovery of four gold rings in the tomb of a wealthy Bronze Age warrior undisturbed for 3,500 years prompts a new consideration of Greek history, report ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Humans occupied South America earlier than previously thought, according to the recent discovery of ancient artifacts found at an archeological site in ... read more

Sep. 27, 2016 — Scientists have identified fossil proteins in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell, suggesting that proteins could provide valuable new insights into the evolutionary tree, much further back in ... read more

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