Fecal fossils show Neanderthal diet

Jun 26, 2014

Fecal fossils show Neanderthal diet

The discovery of the oldest known human excrement is offering valuable scientific insight into the lifestyle of Neanderthals who lived in Spain around 50,000 years ago. Scientists said on Wednesday they had found five samples of human fecal matter at an archaeological site called ...

Items from ancient Sumeria's Ur found in cupboard

Jun 26, 2014

Items from ancient Sumeria's Ur found in cupboard

It is amazing what you can find when you do a good cleaning. Bristol University in Britain learned this firsthand when researchers discovered a box containing materials from archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley’s dig of the Sumerian city of Ur tucked away on top of ...

How ancient parasite wormed its way into human life

Jun 20, 2014

How ancient parasite wormed its way into human life

In a skeleton more than 6,200 years old, scientists have found the earliest known evidence of infection by a parasitic flatworm, revealing how human advancement enabled a creature resembling a tiny slug to spread. Today it afflicts more than 200 million people. Archaeologists discovered ...

Were dinosaurs cold-blooded killers? Perhaps not

Jun 13, 2014

Were dinosaurs cold-blooded killers? Perhaps not

The hot question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals or cold blooded, like reptiles, fish and amphibians, finally has a good answer. Dinosaurs, for eons Earth’s dominant land animals until being wiped out by an asteroid 65 million years ago, were ...

Acropolis sculptures get 'cosmetic surgery'

May 11, 2014

Acropolis sculptures get 'cosmetic surgery'

They are some of Greece’s most celebrated beauties. And after nearly 2,500 years, it is perhaps only fitting that they are getting a face-lift. The caryatid statues, which until the late 1970s propped up a section of the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis, are ...