"But in terms of evolution of our family tree, the genus Homo, we're the outliers and the Neanderthals are more toward the core." Humans are not at the inevitable end of a sequence, Trinkaus said. "It just happens that we happen
Examining the ruins of a pre-Columbian culture in an area of Honduras where there had been no previous evidence of major indigenous civilization. The site, discovered earlier this year, consists of 14 mounds that form part of what are believed to be
The seeds for the civilizations in Egypt, Iraq, South Asia, China and northern South America were sown when hunter-gatherer people then gravitated to the remaining water sources and settled in stable communities, he said.
Skeletons found at an archeological site show that Aztecs captured, sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520. The condition of skulls and bones from the Tecuaque site east of Mexico City offer
Rod Lea told a genetics conference in Australia that Maori men were twice as likely as European men to carry monoamine oxidase, describing it as a "striking over-representation" of what has been described as the warrior gene.
A 6-inch-long gold and platinum dagger believed to be 5,000 years-old has been unearthed in central Bulgaria, the archaeologist leading the excavations said Monday. Archaeologist Martin Hristov said his team discovered more than 500 tiny golden ri
[Let's drop some bombs on it.] Spy satellite images taken in the 1960s and declassified in the 1990s have been used to find ancient settlements in Syria. The sites are near the ancient fortress of Jebel Khalid, which was established in the wak
Infection by a parasitic microbe commonly found in cats, Toxoplasma gondii, could make some individuals more prone to some forms of neuroticism and could lead to differences among cultures if enough people are infected,
An almost 7,000-year old stone tablet found in Bulgaria bears carvings that might turn out to be one of the world's oldest inscriptions, a prominent Bulgarian archaeologist said. "These signs are unique and apparently bear a meaning,**QQ*
Previously hidden writings of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are being uncovered with powerful X-ray beams nearly 800 years after a Christian monk scrubbed off the text and wrote over it with prayers. Over the past week, researchers at
The Amarna Royal Tombs Project says radar readings show what could be another 3,500-year-old chamber from the days of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, not far from the recently explored KV63 chamber.
Ancient Hawaiians started building their monumental temples at least three centuries earlier than previously thought, a new study suggests. They also spent more time building them, renovating and constructing new temples in waves depending on the
The 6.5-horsepower wood chipper sitting in the middle of John Williams' forensic anthropology lab run is no macabre joke. Yes, a wood chipper did figure in the bloody climax of the 1996 film "Fargo." And yes, the professor at Western Ca
The National Museum of Ireland announced one of the most significant Irish discoveries in decades; an ancient Psalter or Book of Psalms, written around 800 AD. It said part of Psalm 83 was legible. "The Director of the National Museum of Ireland
Greek researchers said they had discovered a well-preserved skull of 5 million-year-old primate. The remains of the Mesopithecus pentelicus—a monkey-like animal, a little more than 3 feet long—were found in the northern Halkidiki peninsula, ou
Even before Alexander the Great, Macedonia evoked power from which to steer clear. When the ancient Greeks held their Olympic Games they forbade the participation of the mountainous neighbor to the north because the hunter-warriors there were too st
New findings raise the interesting possibility that the step from a tree-dwelling ape to a terrestrial biped might not have been as drastic as previously thought. Scientists find muscles gibbons use for climbing and swinging through trees might al
It seems a typical scene of urban decay: abandoned buildings, crumbling walls, trash and broken wine bottles. Yet it's more than 1,500 years old. Engineers uncovered these ruins of an ancient Byzantine port during drilling for a huge undergrou
Monkeys recognize each other by comparing faces to an average stored in their brains, not by memorising what every individual looks like, scientists said. And that probably goes for people, too, explaining how faces can be recognised in a fraction
For millennia, people have gone to great lengths to get pretty things. Take, for example, early West Indian groups that apparently braved journeys of up to 1,800 miles by canoe to trade for ornamental axes. The trips are suggested by newfound axes
A grouping of granite blocks along a grassy Amazon hilltop may be the vestiges of a centuries-old astronomical observatory a find archaeologists say indicates early rainforest inhabitants were more sophisticated than previously believed. The 127 b
Archaeologists hoped the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 80 years would hold the mummy of King Tut's mother. They opened the last of eight sarcophagi Wednesday, revealing no mummies but finding something almost as valuable: em
Dating from around 690 B.C., the underground burial chamber is decorated with roaring lions and migratory birds. Experts are hailing it as the earliest example of the funerary decorations that would later become common in the Greek and Roman world.
Scientists at a British university hope to use digital technology in reassembling some 300,000 tiny fragments of an 800-year-old Jewish philosopher's oeuvre. The life works of Moses Maimonides, a scholar and writer whose findings were hugely inf
Investigators found that gravity switches on the Genesis probe designed to trigger the deployment of its parachutes were installed backward. Genesis' chutes never opened and it slammed into the Utah desert on Sept. 8, 2004, after a three-year
Found a 4,500-year-old burial in Mexico that had the oldest known example of dental work in the Americas. The upper front teeth of the remains had been ground down so they could be mounted with animal teeth, possibly wolf or panther teeth, for ceremo
A British archaeologist rejected claims that a hill in central Bosnia is a man-made structure that many local residents insist is a pyramid. Professor Anthony Harding visited Visocica hill and said the formation was natural. "Not any evidenc
Bosnia's mystery pyramid will now be probed and inspected by a team of experts from the U.N. "We shall send a UNESCO expert team to Visoko to determine exactly what it is all about," UNESCO Secretary General Koichiro Matsuura said in an
The burnt remains of a 2,400-year-old scroll buried with an ancient Greek nobleman may help unlock the secrets of early monotheistic religion using new digital technology. The enigmatic Derveni papyrus is Europe's oldest surviving manuscript.
Archaeologists in Egypt's Valley of the Kings were skeptical there was any more to find beyond the ancient workers' quarters they had been excavating for years. Then they unexpectedly found a shaft. The archaeologists discovered 7 coffins; th