Human Populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption 74,000 years ago
New archaeological work supports the hypothesis that human populations were present in India by 80,000 years ago and that they survived one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last two million years.
25 Feb 2020 ⋅ Nature Communications
By gum! Scientists find new 110-million-year-old treasure
A remarkable new treasure has been found by scientists from the University of Portsmouth - the first fossil plant gum on record.
25 Feb 2020 ⋅ Scientific Reports
Ancient plant foods discovered in Arnhem Land
A team of archaeologists and Traditional Owners identified 10 plant foods, including several types of fruits and nuts, underground storage organs (‘roots and tubers’), and palm stem.
20 Feb 2020 ⋅ Nature Communications
Fish in the Sahara? Yes, in the early Holocene
Animal remains at the Takarkori rock shelter suggest human occupants shifted to a more mammal-heavy diet over time, as aridity of the region increased.
19 Feb 2020 ⋅ PLOS ONE
Ancient gut microbiomes shed light on human evolution
A new study on the microbiomes of our ancestors offers hypotheses about the influence of microbes on our early social and daily lives.
19 Feb 2020 ⋅ Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Discovery at ‘flower burial’ site could unravel mystery of Neanderthal death rites
Researchers say the new find offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the "mortuary practices" of this lost species using the latest technologies.
18 Feb 2020 ⋅ Antiquity
The dinosaur in the cupboard under the stairs
The mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland has been solved after more than a half a century.
17 Feb 2020 ⋅ Historical Biology
Reconstructing the diet of fossil vertebrates
The ratio of special zinc isotopes in dental enamel provides information about the diet of mammals in prehistoric times.
17 Feb 2020 ⋅ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers were not right about left brains
Brain imprints on cranial bones from great apes and humans refute the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique.
14 Feb 2020 ⋅ Science Advances
Extinct giant turtle had horned shell of up to three meters
The carapace of some Stupendemys individuals reached almost three meters, making it one of the largest, if not the largest turtle that ever existed.
12 Feb 2020 ⋅ Science Advances