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Written By: grant on December 6, 2013 No Comment

Meaning, although PhysOrg stops short of saying so, that we could maybe someday build a hominin from scratch. As it is, though, we’ve still got a lot we can do today, now that we’ve figured out the 400,000-year-old genetic code of Homo heidelbergensis:

Matthias Meyer and his team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary […]

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Written By: grant on November 21, 2013 No Comment

DNA analysis presented at the Royal Society in London shows, Nature says in the most delicate way possible, that ancient humans were getting it on more than we suspected:

The ancient genomes, one from a Neanderthal and one from a member of an archaic human group called the Denisovans, were presented on 18 November at […]

Written By: grant on October 10, 2013 No Comment

National Geographic looks into the caves and reports on the earliest artists’ small, beautiful hands:

Archaeologist Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University analyzed hand stencils found in eight cave sites in France and Spain. By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female.

“There has been a male […]

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Written By: grant on October 9, 2013 No Comment

Sweden’s The Local rewrites history with a pre-Viking farm that they’re calling “shocking”:

“It is completely unique,” Jan Heinerud at Västerbotten’s Museum in Umeå told The Local on Friday. “We have never previously found a long house like this so far north.”

The farm was discovered in the area between Backen and Klabböle in an area […]

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Written By: grant on September 29, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Sangüesa, S. Maria La Real, Portal, Queens on West Side</i>, by Georgiana Goddard King, 1915.

A plate from the American Journal of Archaeology, Volume 19, “French Figure Sculpture on Some Early Spanish Churches.”

Photographed from below a deep basement. That’s low.

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Written By: grant on July 24, 2013 No Comment

Archaeologists in China have found a collection of bamboo texts – including copies of the I Ching, Tao Te Ching, the Analects of Confucius and other classics. New York Times reports on the fragile, waterlogged library that’s older than Jesus:

“When we opened the box it had a bad smell. Moldy. Many were […]

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Written By: grant on June 19, 2013 No Comment

If you needed any more proof we’re actually living in the pulp future of a 1920s dime novel, explorers have just used airborne lasers to reveal a long-lost jungle city:

The discovery of Mahendraparvata, a 1,200-year-old lost city that predates Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex by 350 years, was part of the Hindu-Buddhist […]

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Written By: grant on May 2, 2013 No Comment

Smithsonian unfolds an ugly story archaeologists have uncovered of the first “successful” English settlement in America – at Jamestown, where settlers got so hungry, they apparently ate a 14-year-old girl:

“The chops to the forehead are very tentative, very incomplete,” says Douglas Owsley, the Smithsonian forensic anthropologist who analyzed the bones after they were […]

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Written By: grant on January 28, 2013 No Comment

LiveScience wonders what we should do with the bones of this lost, wretched King Richard III:

The University of Leicester, which is overseeing the excavation and analysis of the remains, has jurisdiction over the remains, but various societies dedicated to the king have their own opinions.

Two groups, the U.S.-based Richard III Foundation and the […]

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