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The oldest known stone tools, dating to long before the emergence of modern humans, have been discovered in Africa.
Alt: 'New beginning to the known archaeological record' as oldest stone tools ever discovered found in Kenya
IT WAS one small fall for a tetrapod, but it signals one giant leap for tetrapod kind. A broken leg bone pushes back the emergence of our four-legged ancestors from water on to land by at least 2 million years.
Ancient mourners may have left flowers on the grave of an Ice-Age woman known as the Red Lady of El Mirón, new research suggests.
Neanderthals were tough enough to survive for almost 200,000 years and thrived during the freezing conditions of most of the last Ice Age.
Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were suddenly covered with not only the creepy critters, but also mounds of their silky threads. But that's not where the frightful news ends: Experts say that such arachnid rains aren't as uncommon as you might think.
Male Java sparrows may coordinate their bill-clicking sounds with the notes of their song, according to a study published May 20, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Masayo Soma and Chihiro Mori from Hokkaido University, Japan.
"As clever as a guppy" is not a huge compliment. But intelligence does matter to these tropical fish: big-brained guppies are more likely to outwit predators and live longer than their dim-witted peers.
Octopuses are well known for changing the colour, patterning, and texture of their skin to blend into their surroundings and send signals to each other, an ability that makes them both the envy of, and inspiration for, army engineers trying to develop cloaking devices. As if that wasn’t already impressive enough, research published today in the Journal of Experimental Biology shows that octopus skin contains the pigment proteins found in eyes, making it responsive to light.
How do you locate small, incredibly rare, shy and speedy possums that like to hang out at the very tops of the tallest trees? You talk to them, of course.
Hercules and Leo don't know it, but a decision about their future has made history. In granting an order to show cause on whether Hercules and Leo (who just happen to be chimpanzees) are illegally imprisoned, a Supreme Court judge in Manhattan has kept open the possibility that some nonhuman animals will be granted legal rights under common law.
Geneticists from the University of Leicester have discovered that most European men descend from just a handful of Bronze Age forefathers, due to a 'population explosion' several thousand years ago.
Alt: Most European men descended from just three ancestors
The most famous cannibal in modern cinema delivered a line that became iconic precisely because it evokes in the audience both hunger and disgust. Humans eat food to sate a biological need; we eat to cement social relationships; we eat for emotional, ritual, and celebratory reasons. But often, humans eat other humans for the same reasons.
The Sophia Project seeks to understand how humans, going back thousands of years, moved and raised very large stones. How cultures of the past undertook these complex and sophisticated projects, without modern heavy equipment, has remained an enduring mystery of humanity.
This is the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria, and it’s currently being protected by a group of ‘Monuments Men’, who have have banded together to help protect the area’s 2,000-year-old artefacts from the hands of barbaric Islamic State militants.
Islamic State fighters have inched closer to the centre of Palmyra, seizing a third of the historic city in a seesaw battle with Bashar al-Assad’s regime that has endangered thousands of civilians and the Unesco world heritage site’s ancient ruins.
A group of activists called the “Heritage Taskforce” have submitted a legal complaint against the Ministry of Antiquities for the destruction of a Hellenistic-era archaeological site by the Alexandrian coast.
Bulgarian archaeologists say that they have found 60 houses from a Neolithic settlement, estimated to date back 8000 years, that were seven to eight metres high and that had streets between them.
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