Aztec dog burial site found in Mexico City

Feb 17, 2014

Aztec dog burial site found in Mexico City

Archaeologists have announced the discovery of “an exceptional” old burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico. Previously, the remains of ...

Svante Paabo, prehistoric sleuth

Feb 16, 2014

Svante Paabo, prehistoric sleuth

by Robin Mckie

Leipzig’s Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology is a striking edifice. Set among the drab housing blocks of former East Germany, the building, erected in 2003 and made largely of glass, curves gently like a banana around the edge of a suburban crescent. There ...

Feb 16, 2014

Paabo eyes mixing Neanderthal, human cells in lab

Svante Paabo’s first fascination was archaeology, and in particular the study of ancient life in Egypt, which he visited with his mother when he was 13. “I wanted to be like Indiana Jones, discovering mummies and other ancient hidden treasures. I had a very ...

Feb 6, 2014

Dinosaur fossil bonanza created by Pompeii-style eruption in China: study

A treasure trove of fossilized dinosaurs and other long-extinct species in northeastern China was created, Pompeii-style, by an erupting volcano, a study recently published in the journal Nature Communications says. A seam of rock known as the Yixian and Jiufotang formations, in western Liaoning ...

Jan 30, 2014

'Caveman' genes mold skin, hair in humans

Next time you call someone a Neanderthal, better look in a mirror. Many of the genes that help determine most people’s skin and hair are more Neanderthal than not, according to two new studies that look at the DNA fossils hidden in the modern ...

White skin arose later than thought

Jan 27, 2014

White skin arose later than thought

The DNA of a hunter-gatherer who lived in Spain some 7,000 years ago suggests that Europeans were dark-skinned until much more recently than previously thought, researchers said Sunday. Genetic material recovered from a tooth of La Brana 1, an ancient man whose skeleton was ...

Ancient script says Noah's Ark round

Jan 25, 2014

Ancient script says Noah's Ark round

Noah’s Ark was a vast boat that saved two of each species of animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood. But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow — the original ark, new research suggests, was ...

Researchers may have found King Alfred the Great's pelvis

Jan 18, 2014

Researchers may have found King Alfred the Great's pelvis

Researchers said Friday they may have discovered remains of King Alfred the Great, the ninth-century royal remembered for protecting England from the Vikings and educating a largely illiterate nation. The University of Winchester said in a statement that a pelvis found in a box ...

Neanderthals cared for elderly

Dec 21, 2013

Neanderthals cared for elderly

New findings at a Neanderthal burial ground in France have bolstered the notion that they cared for their elders, researchers say. The research is based on excavations around the skeleton of an elderly male Neanderthal, the “old man of La Chapelle,” who could barely ...