Alaskan woolly mammoths died of thirst: study

Aug 3, 2016

Alaskan woolly mammoths died of thirst: study

One of the world’s last surviving groups of woolly mammoths likely died of thirst as the salty seas rose around these iconic Ice Age creatures 5,600 years ago, researchers say. The study also warns that a similar scenario could imperil island people and animals ...

Ancient urban networks around Angkor Wat discovered

Jun 16, 2016

Ancient urban networks around Angkor Wat discovered

An Australian archaeologist and his colleagues have found evidence of previously undiscovered medieval urban and agricultural networks surrounding the ancient city of Angkor Wat. Using high-tech lasers to scan the Cambodian jungle, Damian Evans and colleagues say they found traces of extensive networks surrounding ...

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Jun 3, 2016

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Ancient humans made dogs their best friend not once but twice, by domesticating two separate populations of wolves far apart in Europe and Asia. Scientists on Thursday said present-day genomes reveal a deep internal split between dogs from opposite ends of the Eurasian continent. ...

Tutankhamun dagger likely made from meteoric iron: study

Jun 3, 2016

Tutankhamun dagger likely made from meteoric iron: study

Scientific analysis of a 3,300-year-old dagger found buried with Tutankhamun “strongly supports” a theory it was made of meteoric iron, according to a new study. “Our study confirms that ancient Egyptians attributed great value to meteoritic iron for the production of precious objects,” said ...