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  • Ancient Skulls May Belong To Elusive Humans Called Denisovans

    03/07/2017 4:00:40 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 3-7-2017 | Ann Gibbons
    Since their discovery in 2010, the ex­tinct ice age humans called Deniso­vans have been known only from bits of DNA, taken from a sliver of bone in the Denisova Cave in Siberia, Russia. Now, two partial skulls from eastern China are emerging as prime candidates for showing what these shadowy people may have looked like. In a paper published this week in Science, a Chinese-U.S. team presents 105,000- to 125,000-year-old fossils they call “archaic Homo.” They note that the bones could be a new type of human or an eastern variant of Neandertals. But although the team avoids the word,...
  • Study Of Ancient Skulls Suggest There May Have Been Multiple Migrations Into The Americas

    03/06/2017 1:25:33 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies ^ | 2-23-2017
    (—A trio of researchers affiliated with institutions in the U.S., Europe and South America has found evidence that suggests the native people of South America likely arrived from more than one place. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel, André Strauss and Mark Hubbe describe how they applied imaging technology to skulls that have been unearthed in Brazil and what was revealed. For many years, it was believed that a single wave of ancient immigrants made their way from Asia to North America and eventually to South America—the first people to exist in the New...
  • Ghostly ships filled with dead bodies arrive on Japan’s shores

    12/01/2015 1:18:16 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    CNN Wire ^ | November 30, 2015 | CNN
    An unsettling mystery has washed up on Japan’s shores. Over the past two months, at least eight wooden boats have been found in the Sea of Japan on or near the coast, carrying a chilling cargo — the decaying bodies of 20 people, Japan’s coast guard told CNN. ll of the bodies were badly decomposed and “partially skeletonized” — two were found without heads — and one boat contained six skulls, the coast guard said. The first boat was found in October, then a series of boats in late November. Coast guard officials are now trying to unravel the riddle...
  • Massive Human Skull Rack Found at Aztec Temple

    08/21/2015 3:14:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    Discovery ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Found on the western side of what was once the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan, in modern Mexico City, the partially unearthed skull rack was likely built between 1485 and 1502 and may have been about 112 feet (34 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Mostly belonging to young adult men, but also to women and children, several of the unearthed skulls feature holes on both sides, suggesting they belonged to a tzompantli. This was a rack on which the skulls of sacrificed people were arranged on wooden poles and displayed... To make the scene even more horrifying,...
  • London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls: Subway tunnelers uncover first-century skulls of Londoners.

    10/05/2013 2:00:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 4, 2013 | Roff Smith
    Tunnelers expanding London's Underground (Tube) stations have stumbled on a cache of more than two dozen Roman-era skulls. The skulls likely date from the first century A.D. and may possibly—just possibly—be victims of the famed Queen Boudicca's troops, decapitated during her uprising against Roman rule in 61 A.D.
  • 'Alien' Skulls Excavated in Mexico Deliberately Warped, Scientists Say

    12/23/2012 9:07:44 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2012 | Charles Choi
    <p>Human skulls deliberately warped into strange, alien-like shapes have been unearthed in a 1,000-year-old cemetery in Mexico, researchers say.</p> <p>The practice of deforming skulls of children as they grew was common in Central America, and these findings suggest the tradition spread farther north than had been thought, scientists added.</p>
  • Archaeologists find the largest amount of skulls at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire

    10/06/2012 5:37:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 36 replies ^ | 10-7-2012 | Adriana Perez Licon
    MEXICO CITY (AP).- Mexican archaeologists said Friday they uncovered the largest number of skulls ever found in one offering at the most sacred temple of the Aztec empire dating back more than 500 years. The finding reveals new ways the pre-Colombian civilization used skulls in rituals at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, experts said. That's where the most important Aztec ceremonies took place between 1325 until the Spanish conquest in 1521. The 50 skulls were found at one sacrificial stone. Five were buried under the stone, and each had holes on both sides — signaling they were hung on a skull...
  • Ancient Egyptian Skulls Dug Out of English Garden

    10/03/2008 12:57:07 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 27 replies · 1,048+ views
    foxnews ^ | September 30, 2008
    LONDON — Two ancient Egyptian skulls unearthed in a yard in England have been returned to their native country. And the mystery of how they got from the hot sands of Egypt to the rainy north of England has been solved, investigators said Tuesday. The first skull was discovered by homeowner Matthew McClelland as he did some gardening at his home in the northern city of Manchester a year ago. He called authorities, and they discovered a second skull. An analysis by an Oxford University expert confirmed the skulls were a little more than 2,000 years old.
  • Legend Of The Crystal Skulls

    04/15/2008 7:22:32 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 629+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | May/June 2008 | Jane MacLaren Walsh
    Legend of the Crystal Skulls Volume 61 Number 3, May/June 2008 by Jane MacLaren Walsh Along with superstars like Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, and Shia LaBeouf, the newest Indiana Jones movie promises to showcase one of the most enigmatic classes of artifacts known to archaeologists, crystal skulls that first surfaced in the 19th century and that specialists attributed to various "ancient Mesoamerican" cultures. In this article, Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh shares her own adventures analyzing the artifacts that inspired Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (in theaters May 22), and details her efforts tracking down a...
  • Skulls Of Modern Humans And Ancient Neanderthals... Not Natural Selection

    03/20/2008 10:58:20 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 618+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-20-2008 | University of California, Davis.
    Skulls Of Modern Humans And Ancient Neanderthals Evolved Differently Because Of Chance, Not Natural SelectionThe approximate locations of the cranial measurements used in the analyses are superimposed as red lines on lateral (A), anterior (B), and inferior (C) views of a human cranium. (Credit: National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (Copyright 2008)) ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2008) — New research led by UC Davis anthropologist Tim Weaver adds to the evidence that chance, rather than natural selection, best explains why the skulls of modern humans and ancient Neanderthals evolved differently. The findings may alter how anthropologists think about human evolution. Weaver's study...
  • Liberian general with racy moniker confesses

    01/21/2008 2:05:24 PM PST · by Westlander · 22 replies · 245+ views
    AP ^ | 1-21-2007 | AP
    MONROVIA, Liberia - One of Liberia's most notorious rebel commanders, known as Gen. Butt Naked, has returned to the nation his troops terrorized to confess, saying he is responsible for 20,000 deaths. The civil war, which killed an estimated 250,000 people in this nation of 3 million, was characterized by the eating of human hearts and soccer matches played with human skulls. Drugged fighters waltzed into battle wearing women's wigs, flowing gowns and carrying dainty purses stolen from civilians. Before he led his fighters into battle, wearing only a pair of lace-up boots, Blahyi said he made a human sacrifice...
  • Mystery of the medieval skulls still has archaeologists scratching their heads

    08/29/2007 5:24:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 24 replies · 652+ views
    Times (UK) ^ | 8-25-07
    A study into the mysterious changing skull shape of medieval man casts serious doubt on current theories. The peculiar shift from long narrow heads to those of a rounder shape, and back again, which took place between the 11th and 13th centuries, has been noted at sites throughout western Europe. But a study of skulls found at the deserted village of Wharram Percy, near Malton, North Yorkshire, suggests that the anatomical blip was not down to an influx of Norman immigrants, or climate change, English Heritage has said. It examined nearly 700 skeletons recovered from the village. Unlike other...
  • Chance And Isolation Gave Humans Elegant Skulls

    07/25/2007 3:31:25 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 537+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-24-2007
    Chance and isolation gave humans elegant skulls 24 July 2007 news service Only chance kept us from looking like our crag-browed Neanderthal cousins. A statistical analysis suggests that the skull differences between the two species stems not from positive natural selection but from genetic drift, in which physical features change randomly, without an environmental driving force. Some anthropologists had put the cranial differences down to natural selection arising from Neanderthals' use of their teeth as tools, for instance, or from modern humans' speech. To test if genetic drift could have been responsible instead, Timothy Weaver of the University of...
  • Perforated Skulls Provide Evidence Of Craniotomy In Ancient China

    01/26/2007 3:00:58 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 426+ views
    Perforated skulls provide evidence of craniotomy in ancient China Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-01-26 11:11 The modern technology of craniotomy, a surgical operation which is performed on the brain through an incision in the skull, may have been in use in China nearly 3,000 years ago. Scientists made the conclusion after a detailed study of 13 perforated skulls that had been unearthed in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. The skulls were found in a cluster of more than 2,000 ancient tombs in the desert outside Turpan, 200 kilometers east of the regional capital Urumqi, said Lu Enguo, a researcher with the Xinjiang...
  • Plastered Syrian Skulls From The Dawn Of Civilisation 9,500 YO)

    12/29/2006 11:34:38 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 884+ views
    Minerva Magazine ^ | 12-29-2006 | Dr Mark Merrony
    Plastered Syrian Skulls from the Dawn of Civilisation In the Neolithic period the Levantine Fertile Crescent ushered in one of the most profound cultural revolutions in the history of the Mediterranean basin. This environmentally blessed cradle of civilisation played host to modern humans as they made the crucial transition from hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers to emerge as proto-urban societies. A conspicuous enigma of the world’s first ‘city dwellers’ was the most extraordinary ritual practice of plastering human skulls, which is attested at several major Neolithic sites, such as Jericho in the Palestinian Territories, Çatalhöyük in Turkey, and ‘Ain Ghazal in...
  • Skulls Of Various Races Discovered At Ancient Cemetery Near Semnan (Iran)

    11/07/2006 3:17:43 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,034+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 11-7-2006
    Skulls of various races discovered at ancient cemetery near Semnan TEHRAN, Nov. 7 (MNA) -- A team of Iranian archaeologists working at the Gandab ancient cemetery near the city of Semnan have unearthed skulls of various shapes during the third phase of excavations, which is currently underway at the site. The team discovered dolichocephalic (long skulls), mesocephalic (medium skulls), and brachycephalic (short-headed or broad skulls). “Humans are classified based on the shapes of their skulls, which determine the race of the ethnic groups living in a certain region. We discovered humans with long skulls, medium skulls, and short-headed (skulls), which...
  • 9,500-Year-Old Decorated Skulls Found In Syria

    09/25/2006 2:18:06 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 916+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-24-2006
    9,500-year-old decorated skulls found in Syria Sun Sep 24, 4:14 PM ET DAMASCUS (AFP) - Archaeologists said they had uncovered decorated human skulls dating back as long as 9,500 years ago from a burial site near the Syrian capital Damascus. "The human skulls date back between 9,500 and 9,000 years ago, (on which) lifelike faces were modelled with clay earth ... then coloured to accentuate the features," said Danielle Stordeur, head of the joint French-Syrian archaeological mission behind the discovery. Located at a burial site near a prehistoric village, the five skulls were found earlier this month in a pit...
  • Police find hand in jar at home of nude dancer

    07/25/2006 6:05:32 AM PDT · by wjersey · 35 replies · 1,304+ views
    The Star-Ledger (NJ) ^ | 7/25/2006 | TOM HAYDON AND SULEMAN DIN
    As an exotic dancer at Hott 22 in Union, Linda Kay's persona was that of a dark and ghoulish Goth girl. In real life, police say, her interest in the macabre was more than just an act. Officers responding to a report of a suicidal individual at Kay's South Plainfield home discovered a severed hand in a glass mason jar of formaldehyde and six skulls -- all human, according to the Middlesex County medical examiner. Kay, 31, was arrested and charged with improper disposition of human remains. She has so far refused to tell police where or how she obtained...
  • Mystery Of Severed Skulls Grips China

    04/05/2006 6:40:16 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 1,155+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-6-2006 | Richard Spencer
    Mystery of the severed skulls grips China By Richard Spencer (Filed: 06/04/2006) The grisly discovery of 121 human skulls, many with their tops sawn off, has puzzled Chinese police and caused a frenzy of speculation. The skulls were found by a farmer in a forested ravine in a part of the poor north-western province of Gansu, which is inhabited by ethnic Tibetans. The skulls' discovery has led to theories of cannibalism Police have confirmed that the skulls are human and are of "recent origin", as suggested by the fact that some had skin and hair still attached. But officials have...

    03/31/2006 12:05:40 PM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 20 replies · 602+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 3/31/2006 | Amy Sherman
    A woman who faced up to 15 years in prison for bringing a human skull into the United States now faces only a maximum of one year in jail. A federal prosecutor changed the charges from three felonies to one misdemeanor in a hearing in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale today. Myrlene Severe now faces a misdemeanor charge of improper storage of a human body part. Severe spoke little during the hearing which lasted about two minutes, however she did quietly voice a concern to Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow: ``I don't have my privacy.'' The 30-year-old Miramar woman...
  • Some See Roots of Compassion in a Toothless Fossil Skull

    04/06/2005 12:13:36 PM PDT · by CobaltBlue · 42 replies · 1,123+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2005 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    The toothless skull of an early human ancestor, discovered in the Republic of Georgia, may attest to evolution's oldest known example of some kind of compassion for the elderly and handicapped in society, scientists are reporting today. Other experts agreed that the discovery was significant, but cautioned that it might be a stretch to interpret the fossil as evidence of compassion. The well-preserved skull belonged to a male Homo erectus about 40 years old. All his teeth, except the left canine, were missing. The empty tooth sockets had been filled in by a regrowth of bone, the scientists said, indicating...
  • Neanderthal Extinction Pieced Together

    01/27/2004 1:31:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 87 replies · 8,250+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 1/27/04 | Jennifer Viegas
    Jan. 27, 2004 — In a prehistoric battle for survival, Neanderthals had to compete against modern humans and were wiped off the face of the Earth, according to a new study on life in Europe from 60,000 to 25,000 years ago. The findings, compiled by 30 scientists, were based on extensive data from sediment cores, archaeological artifacts such as fossils and tools, radiometric dating, and climate models. The collected information was part of a project known as Stage 3, which refers to the time period analyzed. The number three also seems significant in terms of why the Neanderthals became extinct....
  • Narrow Skulls Clue To First Americans

    09/05/2003 4:06:22 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 537+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9-4-2003 | Jeff Hecht
    Narrow skulls clue to first Americans 11:24 04 September 03 news service Skull measurements on the remains of an isolated group of people who lived at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California has stirred up the debate on the identity of the first Americans once again. The earliest inhabitants of North America differed subtly but significantly from modern native Americans. The difference is clearly seen in the skull shapes of the first people to colonise the continent, who had longer, narrower skulls than modern people. One theory says it is because two distinct groups of people migrated to...
  • Skulls Found In Mexico Suggest Early Americans Would Have Said 'G'Day Mate'

    09/03/2003 4:42:49 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 1,657+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-4-2003 | Steve Conner
    Skulls found in Mexico suggest the early Americans would have said 'G'day mate' By Steve Connor, Science Editor 04 September 2003 The accepted theory of how prehistoric humans first migrated to America has been challenged by a study of an ancient set of bones unearthed in Mexico. An analysis of 33 skulls found on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California suggests that the first Americans were not north Asians who crossed to the American continent about 12,000 years ago. The skulls more closely resemble the present-day natives of Australia and the South Pacific, suggesting that there might have been an...
  • 160,000-year-old skulls fill crucial gap in evolution

    06/12/2003 7:43:43 AM PDT · by bedolido · 32 replies · 400+ views ^ | 06/12/03 | Roger Highfield, Science Editor
    Three fossilised skulls have been unearthed that provide the most ancient glimpse of modern humans, plug a crucial gap in the fossil record and offer the most striking evidence that the first Homo sapiens was born in east Africa. Two of the human skulls found at Herto in Ethiopia Besides the 160,000-year-old Ethiopian fossils, hailed as landmark finds from the dawn of humanity, palaeontologists also discovered more than 600 Stone Age tools, hippopotamus bones smashed to yield their marrow, and antelopes that were butchered by humans. The skulls carry cut marks that seem to indicate deliberate - ritual - mortuary...
  • Missing evolution link surfaces in Africa

    06/11/2003 3:31:46 PM PDT · by aculeus · 213 replies · 1,826+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 12, 2003 | Peter N. Spotts
    In a discovery that several colleagues describe as "spectacular" and "extraordinary," an international team of researchers has uncovered fossils in Ethiopia that fill a crucial gap in the record of human evolution. Judged by their physical characteristics, the 160,000-year-old-fossils - nearly complete skulls of two adults and a child found near the village of Herto - teeter on the razor-thin edge of change between anatomically early and modern humans. The team also found skull pieces and teeth from seven other individuals. The discoveries dovetail with an expanding body of genetic evidence indicating that modern humans first evolved in Africa about...
  • Oldest Human Skulls Found

    06/11/2003 8:03:26 AM PDT · by blam · 376 replies · 1,435+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-11-2003 | Jonathan Amos
    Oldest human skulls found By Jonathan Amos BBC News Online science staff Three fossilised skulls unearthed in Ethiopia are said by scientists to be among the most important discoveries ever made in the search for the origin of humans. Herto skull: Dated at between 160,000 and 154,000 years old (Image copyright: David L. Brill) The crania of two adults and a child, all dated to be around 160,000 years old, were pulled out of sediments near a village called Herto in the Afar region in the east of the country. They are described as the oldest known fossils of modern...
  • Iraqis, U.S. Marines Uncover Grave, Dozens of Bones

    05/03/2003 11:28:46 AM PDT · by knak · 3 replies · 191+ views
    reuters ^ | 5/3/03
    NEAR BABYLON, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqis uncovered on Saturday what could be a mass grave dating back to a 1991 anti-Saddam uprising, digging up dozens of bones wrapped in stained blankets and skulls with rectangles cut out of the back. Iraqis said they were looking for their sons, brothers, fathers and one mother who they said were taken from their homes in 1991 during the uprising that broke out in the aftermath of the Gulf War (news - web sites). A few said they knew of this site but had never dared to start digging with President Saddam Hussein (news...
  • Vintage Skulls

    02/22/2003 9:06:38 AM PST · by blam · 140 replies · 4,437+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | March/April 2003 | Colleen P. Popson
    VINTAGE SKULLS Researcher Silvia Gonzalez examines a 13,000-year-old skull. (Liverpool John Moores University) The oldest human remains found in the Americas were recently "discovered" in the storeroom of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology. Found in central Mexico in 1959, the five skulls were radiocarbon dated by a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Mexico and found to be 13,000 years old. They pre-date the Clovis culture by a couple thousand years, adding to the growing evidence against the Clovis-first model for the first peopling of the Americas. Of additional significance is the shape of the skulls, which are...
  • Georgian Skull's Link To Our Past (Out OF Africa??)

    01/10/2003 4:26:40 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 212+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-10-2003 | Robert Parsons
    Friday, 10 January, 2003, 11:20 GMT Georgian skull's link to our past The skull is thought to be 1.8 million years old By Robert Parsons in Dmanisi, Georgia The moment is indelibly burned into Dato Zhvania's memory. It had been a day like any other - a day of back-breaking, painstakingly meticulous work. A day of throbbing, enervating heat. But as he sifted gingerly through the baked patch of ground before him, his fingers touched something different. The team celebrates their find His pulse quickened. The archaeological site at the medieval town of Dmanisi, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south-west of...
  • 'Astonishing' skull unearthed in Africa

    07/10/2002 1:00:11 PM PDT · by Kermit · 114 replies · 841+ views
    BBC Online ^ | 10 July, 2002 | Ivan Noble
    /media/images/38125000/jpg/_38125056_hominid300.jpg Wednesday, 10 July, 2002, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK 'Astonishing' skull unearthed in Africa Toumai: Oldest ancestor? Image: MPFT By Ivan Noble BBC News Online science staff This is a picture of the recently unearthed human-like skull which is being described as the most important find of its type in living memory. It's the most important find in living memory Henry GeeNature It was found in the desert in Chad by an international team and is thought to be approximately seven million years old. "I knew I would one day find it... I've been looking for 25 years," said Michel...