The endocast was made by scanning the interior of the skull at the Quinze-Vingts Hospital in Paris to obtain a picture of the impression left by the brain on the neurocranium. Antoine Balzeau, of the French Museum of Natural History, transformed t
Very old artworks provide a fascinating glimpse of ancient life, but not without limitations: They typically portray the lifestyles of the rich and famous (rulers, royals, generals, and priests), abandoning the masses to the mists of history.
The fossilized remains of a 67 million-year-old snake found coiled around a dinosaur egg offer rare insight into the ancient reptile's dining habits and evolution. The first evidence that the 11.5-foot-long snake fed on eggs and hatchlings of saurapo
Archaeologists have unearthed a massive red granite head of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs who ruled nearly 3,400 years ago. The head of Amenhotep III, which alone is about the height of a person, was dug out of the ruins of the pharaoh’s mortua
Bricks dating back 5,000 to 7,000 years have been unearthed in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, adding between 1,000 to 2,000 years onto Chinese brick-making history, archaeologists claimed Saturday.
An Israeli archaeologist said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era.
Most startling is the elaborate carving found on about half of the 50 pillars Schmidt has unearthed. There are a few abstract symbols, but the site is almost covered in graceful, naturalistic sculptures and bas-reliefs of the animals...
Israeli archaeologists say a 1,100-year-old Arabic inscription was found during renovations in Jerusalem. The small fragment of a marble plaque dates to the 10th century, when thy were ruled from Baghdad by the Abbassid Empire.
King Tutankhamen, the boy pharaoh, was frail and lame and suffered “multiple disorders” when he died at age 19 about 1324 B.C., but the most likely agents of death: a severe bout of malaria combined with a degenerative bone condition.
Maybe they were looking for a better life. Or maybe they were scrambling to get away from a mega-predator. But one thing's for certain: the discovery of more than 3,000 dinosaur footprints all facing the same way proves they were determined to get
Our image of what dinosaurs looked like has just been colorized, thanks to fossilized feather remains showing one meat-eating beast sported a striped tail of white and gingery bands. Not only do the results paint a jazzier picture of the ancient g
One of the earliest feathered dinosaurs seems to have been a successful glider. Scientists believe modern birds are descended from dinosaurs, and examples of feathered dinos have been found dated to 120 million years ago. In an effort to determ
What killed the dinosaurs? Scientist Wang Haijun thinks the answer may be buried inside a 980-foot-long ravine in the Chinese countryside 415 miles southeast of Beijing where hundreds of the creatures may have huddled in the final moments before thei
New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt's chief archaeologist said on Sunday.
Scientists found insect parts stuck between the teeth of 2 Paleozoic reptiles. Strongly suggests the pre-Dinosaur Era equivalent of today's lizards feasted on insects, and it's the first known evidence for this behavior among vertebrates. The prehist
Chinese archeologists have unearthed a large third-century tomb, which they say could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general famous throughout East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics.
Their investigation revealed its upper teeth are grooved, long, and fang-like, and its upper jaw contained pockets that could have housed venom glands. These pockets are connected to the base of the teeth by narrow ducts.
From a long-sealed cave tomb, archaeologists have excavated the only known Jesus-era burial shroud in Jerusalem. The discovery adds to evidence that the controversial Shroud of Turin did not wrap the body of Christ, researchers say.
Woolly mammoths and other large beasts in North America may not have gone extinct as long ago as previously thought. The new view — that pockets of beasts survived to as recently as 7,600 years ago, rather than the previous end times mark of 12,000 y
Long, long ago, some of the first dinosaurs walked the Earth. But scientists have not known where those initial dinos were. Hikers stumbled across a few bits of bone leading to the discovery of a dinosaur that reveals where it all began.
Lesley Stahl meets the inspiration for the lead character in the classic film Jurassic Park and reports on how famed dinosaur hunter Jack Horner is shaking up the paleontology world.
If human teenagers seem terrible at times, be thankful we don't have young tyrannosaurs to deal with. Scientists now find these adolescent predators got into serious battles with their peers, with bites at times puncturing through bone — the kinds
Spanning just 10 feet in length and sporting a tiny horn on its nose, a newly identified dinosaur has become the oldest known relative of the fierce meat-eater, Tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery suggests such tyrannosaurs were quite petite before they
The ancient South American Nasca civilization may have caused its own demise by clear-cutting huge swaths of forest. The civilization disappeared mysteriously around 1,500 years ago, after apparently prospering during the first half of the first mill
Scuba divers are exploring the depths of a volcanic lake in Guatemala to find clues about an ancient sacred island where Mayan pilgrims flocked to worship before it was submerged by rising waters. Samabaj, the first underwater archaeological ruins
The new fossil indicates that our ancestors were less chimplike than heretofore thought
Archaeologists unveiled what they think are the remains of Roman emperor Nero's extravagant banquet hall, a circular space that rotated day and night to imitate the Earth's movement and impress his guests. The room, part of Nero's Golden Palace, a
CHINESE researchers have unearthed the fossil of a bird-like dinosaur with four wings in north-eastern China, which they suggest is a missing link in dinosaurs' evolution into birds.
It's an unprecedented find that could revolutionize ideas about medieval England's Germanic rulers: An amateur treasure-hunter searching a farmer's field with a metal detector unearthed a huge collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver artifacts.
Archaeologists in the ancient city of Troy in Turkey have found the remains of a man and a woman believed to have died in 1,200 B.C., the time of the legendary war chronicled by Homer. The bodies were found near a defense line within the city built i