Ancient boat discovered near pyramids

Feb 5, 2016

Ancient boat discovered near pyramids

Czech archaeologists have unearthed an ancient funerary boat near the Abusir pyramids south of Cairo, a find that could shed light on shipbuilding in ancient Egypt. The discovery of the more than 4,500-year-old wooden vessel, which archaeologists believe belonged to a prominent member of ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...

Study finds ancient Babylonians employed complex geometry

Jan 29, 2016

Study finds ancient Babylonians employed complex geometry

Ancient Babylonian astronomers were way ahead of their time, using sophisticated geometric techniques that until now had been considered an achievement of medieval European scholars. That is the finding of a study published Thursday that analyzed four clay tablets dating from 350 to 50 ...

Stone-age tools found, but who wielded them?

Jan 14, 2016

Stone-age tools found, but who wielded them?

Scientists have discovered stone-age tools at least 118,000 years old on an Indonesian island but no trace of the early humans that made them, according to a study released Wednesday. The research, published in the journal Nature, also points to a possible link with ...

Jan 8, 2016

Iceman's gut microbes shed light on human migration

The gut microbes of the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a European glacier in 1991, have shed new light on the history of human migration, scientists said Thursday. Researchers thawed the mummy of the man, also known as Otzi, who was killed ...