Divers found stone tools belonging to people that lived more than 7,000 years ago. Plus: an image library with offensive tags has been pulled offline, and a fire has destroyed important specimens at a museum in Brazil.
Aboriginal artifacts reveal first ancient underwater cultural sites in Australia (Phys.org 07/02/20)
The first underwater Aboriginal archeological sites have been discovered off northwest Australia dating back thousands of years ago when the current seabed was dry land.
Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico City has detected the existence of a natural cave beneath the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacán in Mexico.
Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists Lunch Break Science #1 • Zarin Machanda Lecture Explore the nature of chimpanzee communication and relationships with Leakey Foundation grantee and director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project Zarin Machanda. This short lecture is part of The Leakey Foundation’s…
Fossils and modern DNA show the ancient roots of Arctic sled dogs.
Clues to the earliest known bow-and-arrow hunting outside Africa have been found (ScienceNews 06/14/20)
Possible arrowheads at a rainforest site in Sri Lanka date to 48,000 years ago.
Ancient bird figurine recovered from refuse heap the oldest instance of East Asian 3-D art (Phys.org 06/10/20)
A small bird carving—the oldest instance of East Asian three-dimensional art ever discovered—is described in a study published June 10, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Zhanyang Li from Shandong University, China, and colleagues.
Archaeologists have revealed an entire Roman city without any digging. Their approach could revolutionise the study of ancient settlements (Univertity of Cambridge 06/09/20)
For the first time, a team of archaeologists from the Universities of Cambridge and Ghent, has succeeded in mapping a complete Roman city, Falerii Novi in Italy, using advanced ground penetrating radar (GPR).
Archaeology is transforming our view of how ancient Maya societies developed. Use of lidar technology has now led to the discovery that large, monumental structures that aid naked-eye astronomy were built unexpectedly early.
A Roman mosaic floor has been discovered under a vineyard in northern Italy after decades of searching.
Estimating the sex of the youngest individuals from Sima de los Huesos via dentition ( Phys.org 05/20/20)
Thanks to the analysis of 32 dental pieces using micro-computed tomography a team led by Cecilia García Campos, a researcher in the Dental Anthropology Group at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, has estimated the sex of at least 15 individuals from the population of Sima de los Huesos site in the…
A new study by anthropologists at the University of Kent has identified that hand use behaviour in the fossils of our early ancestors is consistent with modern humans.