Neanderthal thumbs were better adapted to holding tools in the same way that we hold a hammer, according to a paper published in Scientific Reports.
First exhaustive review of fossils recovered from Iberian archaeological sites (EurekAlert 11/24/20)
An interdisciplinary team from several Spanish universities and research centres has analysed more than 600 fossils recovered from across the Iberian Peninsula.
Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago have been discovered in Pompeii, officials at the archaeological park in Italy said Saturday.
Scientists discover oldest known human-made nanostructures in ancient artifacts in Tamil Nadu (The Hindu 11/21/20 )
Research reveals that these coatings are made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) which have enabled the layer to last more than 2,600 years.
Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists Lunch Break Science #15| Jacinta Beehner
Gynaecology of ancient Egypt REVEALED: Vaginal fumigation with roast meat or rancid milk was prescribed as a remedy for severe hip pain 3,800 years ago (DailyMail 11/18/20)
The woman, called Sattjeni, was found interred with a fire-damaged cup between her legs – evidence of an ancient treatment whereby the vagina was fumigated.
Researchers study the unique hydraulics in the Barbegal water mills, the world’s earliest known industrial plant (Phys.org 11/16/20)
The Barbegal watermills in southern France are a unique complex dating back to the second century AD. The construction and its 16 waterwheels represent the first attempt in Europe to build a machine complex on an industrial scale. The complex was created when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power.
Prehistoric grave contains the remains of a baby who died at birth and those of his twin, who survived for an additional six to seven weeks.
2-Million-Year-Old Skull of Paranthropus robustus Suggests Climate Change Drove Rapid Changes (Sci-News 11/11/20
Paranthropus robustus is a small-brained extinct hominin that lived between 2 million and 1.2 million years ago in what is now South Africa. Discovered in 1938, it was among the first early hominins described and the first discovered robust australopithecine.
When modern humans arrived in Europe around 40,000 years ago, they made a discovery that was to change the course of history.
Egypt to unveil Saqqara area’s largest archaeological discovery this week (Egypt Independent 11/9/20)
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is set to announce this week what it claims to be Saqqara’s largest archaeological discovery.