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Mysterious Statue Once Featured at Machu Picchu

July 28, 2011

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The site at Machu Picchu where archaelogists believe a state of an Inca emperor once stood. A mysterious stone statue, possibly the portrait of the great Inca emperor Pachacuti, once stood in Machu Picchu, according to archival research. Likely placed against a round stone wall on one of Machu Picchu’s terraces, the statue had already […]

Fossils from ‘Cradle of Humankind’ may be new pre-human species

July 27, 2011

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The birth of our genus has long been a conundrum for paleoanthropologists, to say the least. Only a few scattered and fragmentary fossils older than two million years have been argued to belong to the genus. Now, the fossil remains found in a cave in South Africa in April 2010 could represent an evolutionary link […]

Dark winters ‘led to bigger human brains and eyeballs’

July 27, 2011

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Humans living at high latitude have bigger eyes and bigger brains to cope with poor light during long winters and cloudy days, UK scientists have said. The Oxford University team said bigger brains did not make people smarter. Larger vision processing areas fill the extra capacity, they write in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters journal. […]

Explorers find bizarre, spaceship-like object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea

July 25, 2011

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Several days ago, we reported that a Swedish team of shipwreck hunters discovered a strange, circular object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea that looks sort of like the Millennium Falcon. The group was using sonar to plumb the depths of the waters, hoping to find shipwrecks that might contain treasures they could sell. […]

Mysterious ‘Frankenstein-like’ fossils provide fresh clues to evolution of insects

July 22, 2011

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‘Frankenstein’ insects dating back 120 million years have been discovered among fossils from Brazil. The monster bugs had the wings and body of a dragonfly, wing veins like those of a mayfly and a praying mantis’s forelegs. ‘It is a very strange mix of characteristics that are otherwise only known for the unrelated insect groups,’ […]

Egypt’s ‘Indiana Jones’ – antiquities minister Zahi Hawass Fired

July 20, 2011

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EGYPT’S antiquities minister, whose Indiana Jones hat made him the world’s best-known Egyptologist, has been fired after months of pressure from critics who attacked his credibility and accused him of having been too close to the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Zahi Hawass, long chided as publicity-loving and short on science, lost his job […]

Last Dinosaur Before Mass Extinction Discovered

July 15, 2011

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A team of scientists has discovered the youngest dinosaur preserved in the fossil record before the catastrophic meteor impact 65 million years ago. The finding indicates that dinosaurs did not go extinct prior to the impact and provides further evidence as to whether the impact was in fact the cause of their extinction. Researchers from […]

Human Ingenuity: A 100,000-Year-Old Story

July 11, 2011

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… recent discoveries in South Africa are pushing back the dates of when humans started acting human. The Blombos cave and the Diepkloof rock shelter in South Africa have turned up ostrich shells and pieces of ochre with ornate markings that date back 60,000 years ago. The shells are etched with simple geometric forms that […]

Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

July 11, 2011

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A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments. A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts – […]

Pterosaur disparity

July 6, 2011

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Extremes in pterosaur morphology. The giant and probably flightless Quetzalcoatlus from the Late Cretaceous of Texas was as tall as a giraffe. A new study by Katy Prentice, done as part of her undergraduate degree (MSci in Palaeontology and Evolution) at the University of Bristol, shows that the pterosaurs evolved in a most unusual way, […]

Treasure of God Padmanabhaswamy in India unearthed in Kerala temple

July 3, 2011

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The current Maharajah of Travancore has been the managing trustee of the temple …Anand Padmanaban, counsel for Sundar Rajan, was present when observers appointed by the Supreme Court opened the treasure chambers. “Treasures included very old gold chains, diamonds and precious stones which cannot be valued in terms of money,” he told the BBC Tamil […]

Ancient scientific equipment unearthed in university dig

June 29, 2011

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Eighteenth-century scientific equipment has been uncovered at an archaeological dig at a university. A dig is being carried out at the Old College at the University of Edinburgh ahead of a £1m landscaping project. Archaeologists had already found the remnants of old buildings near the place where Mary Queen of Scots’ second husband Lord Darnley […]

New old Crystal Skull discovered in Berlin

June 27, 2011

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Only a few days ago, photographer Bux Dean made an astonishing find at a flea market in the German capitol Berlin: If confirmed to be authentic this newly discovered crystal skull could once have been owned by the eminent German art historian and curator Arnold Wilhelm von Bode, one of the most influential figures for […]

Cutting edge training developed the human brain 80 000 years ago

June 22, 2011

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Advanced crafting of stone spearheads contributed to the development of new ways of human thinking and behaving. This is what new findings by archaeologists at Lund University have shown. The technology took a long time to acquire, required step by step planning and increased social interaction across the generations. This led to the human brain […]

Life after ‘Snowball Earth’: New fossils suggest rapid recovery of life after global freeze

June 19, 2011

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The first organisms to emerge after an ancient worldwide glaciation likely evolved hardy survival skills, arming themselves with tough exteriors to weather a frozen climate. Researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Smith College have discovered hundreds of microscopic fossils in rocks dating back nearly 710 million years, around the time when the planet emerged from […]

Building a dinosaur from a chicken

June 15, 2011

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One of the most controversial topics in science during the past many decades has been the debate over the origin of birds: did they evolve from dinosaurs or reptiles? This debate quieted down for awhile until the discovery of an important new fossil in the nineteenth century. This fossil, known today as the Berlin specimen […]

Texas Woman JoAnn Parks Talks To Crystal Skull (And Sometimes, She Says, It Talks Back)

June 15, 2011

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His name is “Max.” He is made of clear quartz and was discovered nearly 100 years ago in a Mayan tomb in Guatemala. Max is believed to be between 5,000 and 36,000 years old, and ancient legend has it that Max is one of 13 life-size crystal skulls that exist in the world. It is […]

Archaeology: What is this mysterious Roman dodecahedron?

June 13, 2011

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Can you do what the world’s archaeologists can’t? Can you explain this — thing?It’s been called a war weapon, a candlestick, a child’s toy, a weather gauge, an astronomical instrument, and a religious symbol — just to name a few. But what IS this mystery object, really? There are books and websites dedicated to properly […]

Ancient Assyrian Dictionary Completed by University of Chicago Scholars

June 13, 2011

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Ninety years in the making, the 21-volume dictionary of the language of ancient Mesopotamia and its Babylonian and Assyrian dialects, unspoken for 2,000 years but preserved on clay tablets and in stone inscriptions deciphered over the last two centuries, has finally been completed by scholars at the University of Chicago. This was the language that […]

Shroud of Turin is a fake created by famous master Giotto, claims Italian art expert

June 8, 2011

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The Shroud of Turin was made by medieval artist Giotto, it was claimed yesterday. The 14ft length of fabric, said to be the burial cloth of Christ, bears a faint image of a man and appears to be stained by blood. However carbon-dating tests have suggested it was produced between 1260 and 1390. Now Italian […]

Prehistoric building frenzy revealed as vast number of enclosures are precision dated with new technique

June 7, 2011

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Until now, the history of early Britain – when a nomadic hunter-gatherer existence gave way to a settled agricultural way of life – has been sketchy. But thanks to a new radio-carbon dating technique, scientists have begun to unravel the past. It shows the nation experienced a frenetic period of monument building that lasted just […]

Tunnel found under temple in Mexico

May 31, 2011

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Researchers found a tunnel under the Temple of the Snake in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, about 28 miles northeast of Mexico City. The tunnel had apparently been sealed off around 1,800 years ago. Researchers of Mexico’s National University made the finding with a radar device. Closer study revealed a “representation of the underworld,” in […]

Vikings: Frozen right out of Greenland

May 31, 2011

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Greenland’s early Viking settlers were subjected to rapidly changing climate. Temperatures plunged several degrees in a span of decades, according to research from Brown University. A reconstruction of 5,600 years of climate history from lakes near the Norse settlement in western Greenland also shows how climate affected the Dorset and Saqqaq cultures. Results appear in […]

Anchor from Blackbeard’s ship raised after 293 years off North Carolina coast

May 28, 2011

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Archaeologists on Friday raised an anchor from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship that pirate Blackbeard and his crew intentionally grounded off the North Carolina coast in 1718. The nearly 3,000-pound anchor is the largest artifact yet recovered from the wreck of the notorious pirate’s flagship. The anchor was atop a pile of debris, which […]

Fossil of giant ancient sea predator discovered

May 26, 2011

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Paleontologists have discovered that a group of remarkable ancient sea creatures existed for much longer and grew to much larger sizes than previously thought, thanks to extraordinarily well-preserved fossils discovered in Morocco. The creatures, known as anomalocaridids, were already thought to be the largest animals of the Cambrian period, known for the “Cambrian Explosion” that […]

Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images

May 26, 2011

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Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt. More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings. Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids. The work has been pioneered at […]