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Written By: grant on July 11, 2012 No Comment

The Wilmington, NC, Star News celebrates a rare Floridian trace of a Hernan De Soto’s march from Tampa Bay up through Tennessee, into Arkansas and down to New Orleans. The 16th century Spaniard and his 600 men made some of the earliest European maps of the United States – and finally, we’ve found physical evidence of one of America’s [...]

Written By: grant on June 29, 2012 No Comment

LiveScience reports on the second Mayan text ever discovered that refers to the famous end of the Mayan calendar. They didn’t think the world was going to end then – just that there’d be a heck of a celebration:

“This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” Marcello Canuto, the director of Tulane University Middle America Research Institute, [...]

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Written By: grant on June 24, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Le Moustier Neanderthals</i>, by Charles L. Knight.

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We’ve featured prehistoric illustrator Charles L. Knight on these pages before.

While he’s best known for his dinosaur portraiture, here he moved a little forward in time and, using the best science of his day, imagined what life was like in the Mousterian culture of what he would have called Homo neanderthalensis. Nowadays, we’re [...]

Written By: grant on June 23, 2012 No Comment

SONG: “Tired (A Neanderthal Complains).” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Neanderthals may have been first human species to create cave paintings”, Guardian, 14 June 2012, as used in the post “Neanderthals made beautiful things.”.

ABSTRACT: I love a waltz. This was written in response to the latest SongFu2012 [...]

Written By: grant on June 15, 2012 No Comment

Guardian sheds new light on our so-called primitive cousins, the Neanderthals, by looking at the the oldest cave paintings ever found:

Now comes what could be the final nail in the coffin of the “unintelligent Neanderthals” myth: they might have been the first human species to paint in caves.

Using state-of-the-art techniques scientists have dated cave paintings at 11 locations [...]

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Written By: grant on June 10, 2012 No Comment

BBC gets into some *really* vintage sound, grooving with the world’s oldest flutes:

The flutes, made from bird bone and mammoth ivory, come from a cave in southern Germany which contains early evidence for the occupation of Europe by modern humans – Homo sapiens.

Scientists used carbon dating to show that the flutes were between 42,000 and 43,000 years old.

The findings [...]

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Written By: grant on June 6, 2012 No Comment

Discover gets some of that OLD time Texas religion, decoding who, what and how the White Shaman of the Rio Grande really worshipped:

The land is barbed with cacti, teeming with rattlesnakes, and riven with impassable canyons. But more than 4,000 years ago, these barrens were home to a flourishing culture of hunter-gatherers, creators of some of the world’s [...]

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Written By: grant on June 1, 2012 No Comment

LiveScience unearths a scientific controversy over what seems to be a plague victim’s corpse defaced by vampire hunters:

The controversy begins with a mass grave of 16th-century plague victims on the Venetian island of Nuovo Lazzaretto. The remains of a woman there apparently had a brick shoved in her mouth, perhaps to exorcise the corpse in what may have been [...]

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Written By: grant on April 2, 2012 No Comment

They lived in the Republic of Georgia, says Eurasianet.org, where scientists have just found 5,500-year-old honeypots:

The honey stains found in the ceramic vessels, found 170 kilometers west of Tbilisi, are believed to be made by bees that buzzed around in Georgia 5,500 years ago — some 2,000 years older than the honey found in Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb, [...]

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