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Oldest Human Footprints Outside of Africa
February 20, 2014 | BBC

Footprints more than 800,000 years old have been found along the coast of England. They are evidence of the earliest humans in Europe.

Haunted Cenote?
January 19, 2014 | National Geographic

National Geographic has an article and video that allows you to go with underwater archaeologists into a Mexican cenote that is littered with human bones. Generations of local people have deliberately avoided the location.

Neanderthals Could Speak Like Humans?
December 29, 2013 | BBC

Researchers have studied a well-preserved hyoid bone from a Neanderthal and have determined that the bone functioned like the hyoid bone of modern humans – meaning that Neanderthals had the ability to make a wide range of sounds similar to modern humans.

Hominid Fossils From the Rising Star Cave?
December 8, 2013 | Caving News

Cavers discovered a what appeared to be a human mandible and other bones while exploring a remove and tight portion of the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Three weeks later a team of archaeologists had recovered over 1000 fossils with no end in sight.

The Oldest Human DNA
December 6, 2013 | New York Times

Scientists have recovered DNA from a fossil human who lived about 400,000 years ago. The oldest DNA before this specimen was about 300,000 years.

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Cave of the Hands
November 26, 2013 |

Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for “Cave of the Hands”) is a cave in Argentina that is famous for a wall covered with hand silhouettes produced by ancient people between 13,000 and 9,000 years ago.

Painting Linked to a 7000 BC Eruption
November 19, 2013 | NBC News

“A 9,000-year-old painting of an exploding volcano, the oldest ever found, can now be linked to a real-life eruption in Turkey.” Quoted from the NBC News story.

Provenance of Obsidian Artifacts
November 12, 2013 | Columbus Dispatch

Ancient people carried and traded obsidian objects over wide geographic areas. Researchers have found success at attributing these artifacts with the geographic locality of an eruption by measuring their magnetic characteristics.

Related: What is Obsidian?

The Earliest Rock Art Was Created by Women?
October 13, 2013 | National Geographic

Although cave art typically features hunting scenes and everyone presumed that men were the artists, most of the hand stencils that accompany the art were made by women.

Related: Pictographs and Petroglyphs.

Costa Concordia Free from Rocks
September 17, 2013 | BBC

Engineers have rotated the Costa Concordia about 20 degrees, freeing it from the rocks. A few more degrees and it will begin to right itself in response to gravity.

Raising the Costa Concordia
September 16, 2013 | CNN

Salvage engineers plan to move the Costa Concordia to an upright position today. CNN has several interesting pages for this project.

This video summarizes what is said to be the largest salvage operation in history.

This interactive shows the steps that will be taken to move the ship.

This photo gallery documents some of the work done so far.

Genetic Basis for Living at High Altitude
September 15, 2013 | UC San Diego

“More than 140 million people have permanently settled on high-altitude regions, on continents ranging from African and Asia to South America. The low-oxygen conditions at such high altitudes present a challenge for survival, and these geographically distinct populations have adapted to cope with hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen in the blood.” Quoted from the UC San Diego press release.

Popular for August 2013
September 3, 2013 |

40 Maps that Explain the World

A Spanish Fort in the Appalachians in 1567?

12-Year-Old Finds a 5-Carat Diamond in Arkansas

Sinkhole in Western Kansas

Rare Eruption of Steamboat Geyser

Origin of the Antarctica Ice Sheet?

Frozen Landslides in Alaska

Solar Magnetic Field is about to Flip?

Flash Flooding Near Page, Arizona


The Influence of Neandertals on Early European Manufacturing
August 23, 2013 | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

“Modern humans replaced Neandertals in Europe about 40 thousand years ago, but the Neandertals’ capabilities are still greatly debated. Some argue that before they were replaced, Neandertals had cultural capabilities similar to modern humans, while others argue that these similarities only appear once modern humans came into contact with Neandertals.” Quoted from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Oldest Rock Art in North America
August 21, 2013 | National Geographic

Some petroglyphs carved into limestone outcrops in Nevada could be as old as 14,800 years.

Related: Petroglyph photo gallery.

Popular Between August 1 and August 15
August 18, 2013 |

Solar Magnetic Field is about to Flip?

A Spanish Fort in the Appalachians in 1567?

Flash Flooding Near Page, Arizona

Recovering 60 Tons of Silver from 3 Miles of Water

Sinkhole in Western Kansas

Debris Flow in Southern Utah

Rare Eruption of Steamboat Geyser

120,000 Tons of Molten Salt as a Heat Sink?

How to Become a Fossil
August 12, 2013 | National Geographic

National Geographic has a fun article titled: “Tips on How to Become a Fossil: Pick your burial spot carefully if you want future paleontologists to find you.”

Recovering 60 Tons of Silver from 3 Miles of Water
August 5, 2013 |

Last month Odyssey Marine Exploration recovered 60 tons of silver off the coast of Ireland. The silver was on the SS Gairsoppa, a British steamship that was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1941 – in waters three miles deep.

DNA Supports Pre-Columbian Dogs
July 15, 2013 | Royal Society Publishing

“Dogs were present in pre-Columbian America, presumably brought by early human migrants from Asia. [...] No European influence was indicated for the Arctic breeds Inuit, Eskimo and Greenland dog [...] the Carolina dog, a free-ranging population in the USA, may have an ancient Asian origin.” Quotes from the research abstract.

A “popular” presentation of this story (vs “scientific”) can be found on The New York Times.

5000 Cave Paintings Discovered in Mexico
June 13, 2013 |

Archaeologists have discovered nearly 5,000 paintings in a small group of caves in northeastern Mexico. The paintings are pre-Hispanic, more accurate dates are being determined.

The Oldest Primate?
June 10, 2013 | Scientific American

Archicebus, a tiny fossil about the size of a mouse has been identified as the “oldest known primate”. It lived approximately 55 million years ago.

Dietary Change for Humans 3.5 MYA
June 9, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“New studies show that human ancestors expanded their menu 3.5 million years ago, adding tropical grasses and sedges to an ape-like diet. The change set the stage for consuming more modern fare: grains, grasses, and meat and dairy from grazing animals.” Quoted from the NSF press release.

Reasons for Upright Walking?
May 28, 2013 | University of York

“The researchers say our upright gait may have its origins in the rugged landscape of East and South Africa which was shaped during the Pliocene epoch by volcanoes and shifting tectonic plates.” Quoted from the University of York press release.

Ancient African Coins and the History of Australia
May 20, 2013 |

Five copper coins about 1000 years old found on a beach by an Australian soldier during WWII may be strong evidence that ships from distant lands reached Australia hundreds of years earlier than what is written in history books.

Finding Clandestine Graves with Geophysics
May 14, 2013 | Keele University

Researchers at Keele University are developing new methods of finding clandestine graves using geophysical methods. Some of their methods are being adopted for use in forensic cases.

The Most Immediate Ancestor of Humans
April 16, 2013 | National Geographic

Some researchers believe that Australopithecus sediba should occupy the position of the most immediate ancestor of humans.

Lost Tribes of the Amazon
February 22, 2013 | has an interesting article titled: “The Lost Tribes of the Amazon”. It describes some recent encounters with indigenous people in the Colombian headwaters of the Amazon.

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