CT scans of Egyptian mummies reveal oldest known cases of breast cancer and multiple myeloma
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:12:15 EST
An international team has discovered the world’s oldest known cases of breast cancer and multiple myeloma (a type of bone marrow cancer). The discoveries were made by conducting CT scans of two mummies found in the pharaonic necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan, Egypt.
Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:05:50 EST
The Chachapoyas region was conquered by the Inca Empire in the late 15th century. Inca oral histories, written down after the Spanish conquest, claim that the native population was forcibly resettled out of Chachapoyas and dispersed across the Inca Empire. However, a new study uses genetic evidence to reveal that despite Inca conquest, the population of Chachapoyas has remained genetically distinct, and not assimilated with that of the Inca heartland.
Scientists pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:59:12 EST
Scientists have used a combination of three advanced imaging techniques to produce a highly detailed analysis of a second century Egyptian painting. They are the first to use the specific combination -- which they termed "macroscale multimodal chemical imaging" -- to examine an ancient work of art.
More than 1,000 ancient sealings discovered
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:25:08 EST
Classical scholars have discovered a large number of sealings in southeast Turkey. More than 1,000 sealings give new insights into the Greco-Roman pantheon. The finds were in a late antique building complex point to a hitherto unknown church.
Venezuelan rock art mapped in unprecedented detail
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:49:56 EST
Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela -- including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world -- have been mapped in unprecedented detail.
Litte Foot takes a bow
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:01:04 EST
Little Foot is the only known virtually complete Australopithecus fossil discovered to date. It is by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found. It is also the oldest fossil hominid in southern Africa, dating back 3.67 million years. For the first time ever, the completely cleaned and reconstructed skeleton was viewed by the national and international media.
Bronze Age artifacts used meteoric iron
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:49:37 EST
Though meteorites had already been recognized as one source of iron objects, the scientific community couldn't determine whether they accounted for most or simply a few Bronze Age iron artifacts. Scientists have now demonstrated that iron used during the Bronze Age is always meteoric and he explained how this practice was abandoned during the Iron Age.
More mammoth bones recovered from Michigan farm where skull, tusks and dozens of intact bones of an ice age mammoth were found
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:04:06 EST
Paleontologists conducted a second excavation this week at the Chelsea-area farm where the skull, tusks and dozens of intact bones of an ice age mammoth were pulled from the ground in late 2015.
Copy of 'Jesus' secret revelations to his brother' discovered by biblical scholars
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:38:24 EST
The first-known original Greek copy of a heretical Christian writing describing Jesus' secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered by biblical scholars. The original manuscript was probably a teacher's model used to help students learn to read and write.
First-of-its-kind mummy study reveals clues to girl’s story
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:35:06 EST
Who is she, this little mummy girl? Scientists and students are working to unravel some of her mysteries, including how her body was prepared 1,900 years ago in Egypt, what items she may have been buried with, the quality of her bones and what material is present in her brain cavity. As part of a comprehensive scientific investigation, the mummy traveled from Evanston to Argonne National Laboratory on Nov. 27 for an all-day X-ray scattering experiment. It was the first study of its kind performed on a human mummy.
First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:04:21 EST
The first evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain has been discovered by archaeologists.
How Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:22:09 EST
Much of the Indus civilization developed around an extinct river, challenging ideas about how urbanization in ancient cultures developed, scientists have discovered.
A horse is a horse, of course, of course -- except when it isn't
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:09:48 EST
Scientists have discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age. The new findings are based on an analysis of ancient DNA from fossils of the enigmatic 'New World stilt-legged horse' excavated from sites such as Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming, Gypsum Cave in Nevada, and the Klondike goldfields of Canada's Yukon Territory.
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula reveals a cryptic methane-fueled ecosystem in flooded caves
Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:09:45 EST
In the underground rivers and flooded caves of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where Mayan lore described a fantastical underworld, scientists have found a cryptic world in its own right.
Archaeologist says fire, not corn, key to prehistoric survival in arid Southwest
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:20:55 EST
Archaeologists have found scant evidence that people grew corn around the Grand Canyon 1,200 years ago. Instead, he said they used fire to prepare land for the cultivation of wild foods.
Unique metal artifacts from Iron Age settlement shed new light on prehistoric feasting
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:59:17 EST
Prehistoric cauldrons, ancient sword and assorted metalwork among nationally significant findings just discovered by archaeologists at Glenfield Park, Leicestershire.
Ocean floor mud reveals secrets of past European climate
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:43:28 EST
Samples of sediment taken from the ocean floor of the North Atlantic Ocean have given researchers an unprecedented insight into the reasons why Europe's climate has changed over the past 3,000 years.
Ancient barley took high road to China
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:52:09 EST
First domesticated 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, wheat and barley took vastly different routes to China, with barley switching from a winter to both a winter and summer crop during a thousand-year detour along the southern Tibetan Plateau, suggests new research.
Ancient fish scales and vertebrate teeth share an embryonic origin
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:45:10 EST
Latest findings support the theory that teeth in the animal kingdom evolved from the jagged scales of ancient fish, the remnants of which can be seen today embedded in the skin of sharks and skate.
New treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:51:29 EST
Archaeologists have examined embossed gold applications from the sensational find of 1922. The motifs indicate surprising links between the Levant and the Egypt of the pharaohs.