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  • Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber

    12/12/2017 11:08:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    news.nationalgeographic.com ^ | 12/12/2017 | John Pickrell
    Tiny fossils preserved in Cretaceous resin include one parasite that was engorged when it died. Blood-filled parasites trapped in amber have been igniting imaginations since the 1990s, when the resurrected dinosaurs of Jurassic Park burst out of Michael Crichton’s novels and onto the big screen. Now, scientists say they have found the real deal: chunks of Burmese amber carrying ticks that drank the blood of feathered dinosaurs some 99 million years ago. One of these parasites is tangled up in a possible dinosaur feather found encased in a lump of amber. Another was found in a separate piece of amber...
  • Ancient human ancestor 'Little Foot' makes public debut

    12/06/2017 8:25:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:47 AM ET, Wed December 6, 2017 | By David McKenzie
    The Little Foot fossilized skeleton could date back 3.67 million years. ============================================================================================ Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)South Africa's Cradle of Humankind, an expanse of farmland and rolling hills outside Johannesburg, has already unlocked some of the great mysteries of evolution. The unveiling of a near-complete fossil hominid skeleton dating back 3.67 million years will only solidify the importance of the region. "Little Foot" is the oldest fossil hominid skeleton ever found in Southern Africa, the lead scientist examining the discovery said on Wednesday. The fossil skeleton takes its name from the small foot bones discovered by scientist Ron Clarke in 1994...
  • How Asian Nomadic Herders Built New Bronze Age Cultures

    11/30/2017 10:22:42 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    Science News ^ | 11-30-2017 | Bruce Bower
    BIG MOVES Ancient DNA indicates horse-riding pastoralists called the Yamnaya made two long-distance migrations around 5,000 years ago. One trip may have shaped Europe’s ancient Corded Ware culture, while the other launched central Asia’s Afanasievo culture. Nomadic herders living on western Asia’s hilly grasslands made a couple of big moves east and west around 5,000 years ago. These were not typical, back-and-forth treks from one seasonal grazing spot to another. These people blazed new trails. A technological revolution had transformed travel for ancient herders around that time. Of course they couldn’t make online hotel reservations. Trip planners would have searched...
  • A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

    11/22/2017 7:55:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 21 NOV 2017 | MICHELLE STARR
    Sometimes legends are true. Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but now archaeologists have found the real thing hiding deep within Lake Van in Turkey. After a decade of searching the Middle East's second largest lake, the home of a lost kingdom has been found hundreds of metres beneath the surface. Archaeologists from the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University announced the incredible discovery - a vast 3,000-year-old castle preserved deep within the lake in amazing condition. The researchers worked closely with an independent team of divers to find their prize. Lost underwater cities and castles are a popular motif...
  • Extinct Cave Lion in Perfect Condition Raises Hopes for Cloning.

    11/16/2017 10:22:05 AM PST · by wildbill · 86 replies
    Ancient Origens Magazine ^ | 11/11/2017 | Siberian Reporter
    A prehistoric lion cub has been found in permafrost on the bank of Tirekhtykh River of the Abyisky district of Yakutia by local resident Boris Berezhnov. The young beast's head was resting on a paw in frozen ground for up to 50,000 years, as shown in these amazing first pictures. The preservation is so good that it raises hopes of cloning the species back to life, he said. The discovery is seen as better preserved than two tiny cave lion cubs found in the same Siberian region in 2015.
  • 2,000-yr Old Sundial Changes Perception of Ancient Rome

    11/09/2017 6:27:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.haaretz.com ^ | 11/08/2017 | By Ruth Schuster
    One Marcus Novius Tubula apparently ordered the sundial to mark his noble appointment as tribune of Rome itself, say archaeologists after finding it in ancient town of Interamna Lirenas One day around 2,000 years ago, a Roman named Marcus Novius Tubula ordered an elaborate sundial, University of Cambridge researchers report after finding it intact two millennia later during excavation in the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas, near Monte Cassino, in Italy. Carved in limestone and 54 centimeters in width, the sundial's concave face was engraved with 11 hour lines intersecting three day curves. Thus the device could give indicate the...
  • Archaeologists discover mysterious void deep within Great Pyramid of Giza

    11/02/2017 6:30:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 2 November 2017 08.00 EDT | Ian Sample Science editor
    Muon-detecting sensors have revealed a huge hidden cavity hidden within the pyramid – the first major structural find since the 19th century Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious enclosure hidden deep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The massive cavity stretches for at least 30 metres and lies above the grand gallery, an impressive ascending corridor that connects the Queen’s chamber to the King’s in the heart of the historic monument. It is the first major structure found in the pyramid since the 19th century. It is unclear whether the void...
  • Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

    10/31/2017 12:52:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 28 replies
    Science Daily ^ | October 29, 2017 | University of Cambridge
    Researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on 30 October 1207 BC, is mentioned in the Bible, and could have consequences for the chronology of the ancient world. Using a combination of the biblical text and an ancient Egyptian text, the researchers were then able to refine the dates of the Egyptian pharaohs, in particular the dates of the reign of Ramesses the Great. The results are published in the Royal Astronomical Society journal Astronomy & Geophysics. The biblical text in question comes from the Old Testament book...
  • 400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

    10/18/2017 4:58:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 17, 2017 07:02am ET | Owen Jarus,Contributor |
    Discovered mainly through satellite images, a few of the gates are actually located on the side of a volcanic dome that once spewed basaltic lava, researchers found. The gates "are stone-built, the walls roughly made and low," David Kennedy, a professor at the University of Western Australia, wrote in a paper set to be published in the November issue of the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy. The gates "appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape," Kennedy noted, adding that "no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned." The smallest of the gates extends about 43 feet...
  • Archaeologists Virtually Recreate House of Caecilius Iucundus in Pompeii

    10/09/2017 9:59:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    sci-news.com/ ^ | Oct 4, 2016
    “By combining new technology with more traditional methods, we can describe Pompeii in greater detail and more accurately than was previously possible,” said co-author Dr. Nicolo Dell’Unto, a digital archaeologist at Lund University. Among other things, the archaeologists uncovered floor surfaces from 79 CE, performed detailed studies of the building development through history, cleaned and documented three large wealthy estates, a tavern, a laundry, a bakery and several gardens. In one garden, they discovered that some of the taps to a stunning fountain were on at the time of eruption — the water was still gushing when the rain of...
  • Bronze Arm Found in Famous Shipwreck Points to More Treasure Below

    10/06/2017 7:05:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | OCT. 5, 2017 | NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR
    A bronze statue’s orphaned arm. A corroded disc adorned with a bull. Preserved wooden planks. These are among the latest treasures that date back to the dawn of the Roman Empire, discovered amid the ruins of the Antikythera shipwreck, a sunken bounty off the coast of a tiny island in Greece. Marine archaeologists working on a project called Return to Antikythera announced these findings on Wednesday from their most recent excavation of the roughly 2,000-year-old wreck, which was first discovered 115 years ago. They said the haul hints at the existence of at least seven more bronze sculptures still buried...
  • Paul Revere’s Outhouse? North End Dig May Have Found Colonial Privy

    09/26/2017 2:11:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    CBS - Boston ^ | September 26, 2017 12:04 PM | staff
    BOSTON (CBS) — Workers digging at the Paul Revere house in the city’s North End believe they may have found an archaeological jackpot that could give them a unique window into history–the Revere family outhouse. The possible privy site was discovered Monday, and diggers were attempting to open it up Tuesday to investigate. Archeological dig going on outside Paul Revere's House in the North End. What will they find? pic.twitter.com/1rBgv7hAL5 — Doug Cope (@dcopewbz) September 26, 2017 City Archaeologist Joe Bagley told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope that a find like this is important because people back in the Colonial...
  • All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common

    09/22/2017 1:55:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 198 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | Sep. 21, 2017, 3:50 PM | Zach Williams and Jessica Orwig
    New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world. The exact cause remains to be determined but scientists do know that eye color began to change long before recorded history began. The following is a transcript of the video. All blue-eyed people have one ancestor in common, born around 6,000-10,000 years ago. Blue eyes are caused by a gene mutation. For years, researchers had searched for it on the OCA2 gene. The OCA2 gene determines how much brown...
  • 1,500-year-old message unearthed during work for cellular carrier

    08/29/2017 11:22:33 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Aug 24, 2017 | Efrat Forsher and Israel Hayom Staff
    A dig to lay new cable for the Partner communications company near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem this summer unearthed a very old missed message: a 1,500-year-old mosaic floor bearing a Greek inscription. Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem deciphered the inscription, which reads: "In the time of our most pious Emperor Flavius Justinian, also this entire building Constantine the most God-loving priest and abbot, established and raised, in the 14th indiction." According to Di Segni, "This inscription commemorates the founding of the building by Constantine, the priest. The inscription names the emperor,...
  • Take a Break..."50 Rare Historical Photos" Enjoy !

    09/13/2017 9:03:25 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 27 replies
    13 Sept 17 | hapnHal
    50 Rare Historical Photos Enjoy https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11rlvsv5QnaWGyR4bJdHNHNZG2x80pmh3ruGzAUgXuGM/edit#slide=id.p01
  • New mummies discovered in tomb near Luxor, Egypt

    09/09/2017 4:41:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a royal goldsmith containing the mummies of a woman and her two children, authorities said. The tomb, dating back to the New Kingdom (16th to 11th Centuries BC), was found near the Nile city of Luxor, 400 miles (700km) south of Cairo. Among the items discovered inside was a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat, sitting beside his wife. ... According to the archaeologists, the mother died aged about 50, with tests revealing she had a bacterial bone disease. Her two sons were in their 20s and 30s and their bodies said to...
  • Controversial footprint discovery suggests human-like creatures may have roamed Crete

    09/01/2017 1:41:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 1, 2017 | Matthew Robert Bennett And Per Ahlberg
    FULL TITLE: Controversial footprint discovery suggests human-like creatures may have roamed Crete nearly 6m years ago The human foot is distinctive. Our five toes lack claws, we normally present the sole of our foot flat to the ground, and our first and second toes are longer than the smaller ones. In comparison to our fellow primates, our big toes are in line with the long axis of the foot – they don't stick out to one side. In fact, some would argue that one of the defining characteristics of being part of the human clade is the shape of our...
  • Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved

    08/25/2017 9:41:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    phys.org ^ | 08-24-2017 | Provided by: University of New South Wales
    The 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet Plimpton 322 at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York. Credit: UNSW/Andrew Kelly ================================================================================ UNSW Sydney scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces and temples and build canals. The new research shows the Babylonians beat the Greeks to the invention of trigonometry - the study of triangles - by more than 1000 years, and reveals an ancient mathematical sophistication that had been...
  • Ancient Skulls That Mirror Ours, Rewrite Human History

    08/09/2017 11:04:13 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 8-9-2017 | Erin Brodwin
    Most people don't spend their free time imagining what it would be like to get on the subway and sit across from a 300,000-year-old person. But anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin isn't most people. In June, Hublin published two papers in the highly-respected journal Nature suggesting that the first Homo sapiens — that is, the first members of our species — lived 100,000 years earlier than previously thought in a place that no one would have expected. They also had faces that looked surprisingly like ours. ”I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today," said Hublin on a...
  • Rabbit hole leads to incredible 700-year-old Knights Templar cave complex

    06/07/2017 1:32:15 AM PDT · by ETL · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 2017
    A rabbit hole in the UK conceals the entrance to an incredible cave complex linked to the mysterious Knights Templar. New photos show the remarkable Caynton Caves network, which looks like something out of the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The shadowy Knights Templar order is said to have used the caves. The Sun reports that the caves are hidden beneath a farmer’s field in Shropshire. The site was visited by photographer Michael Scott after he saw a video of the caves online. “I traipsed over a field to find it, but if you didn’t know it was...