Record temperatures mean ancient forts become visible in fields

Record temperatures mean ancient forts become visible in fields

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales FOR archaeologists, the UK’s current heatwave is more than just an excuse to kick back and soak up some rays. When the ground is baked by days of sun, markings that indicate the location of ancient settlements begin to emerge in the parched terrain. In […]

Ancient finger bone may reveal humanity’s path out of Africa

Ancient finger bone may reveal humanity’s path out of Africa

The finger bone found at Al WustaIan Cartwright By Andy Coghlan A small finger bone found in the Saudi Arabian desert may rewrite a key part of the human story: how our species emerged from Africa and spread around the world The bone is one of the oldest pieces of evidence of modern humans living […]

Ancient birds couldn’t sit on their eggs without smashing them

Ancient birds couldn’t sit on their eggs without smashing them

By Colin Barras Early birds like Archaeopteryx were far too heavy to sit on their eggs without cracking them. The conclusion holds true for non-bird dinosaurs too, leading to fresh doubts about how to interpret spectacular fossils that appear to show dinosaurs brooding their eggs. Most birds today lay eggs with strong, hard shells. This […]

Astronomers detect ancient signal reception from first stars in world

Astronomers detect ancient signal reception from first stars in world

Top Story For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe. Using a radio antenna not much larger than a refrigerator, the researchers discovered that ancient suns were active within 180 million years of the Big Bang. Models of the early universe predict such stars were massive, blue […]

Ancient jawbone suggests humans left Africa 50,000 years earlier

By Michael Marshall The early history of our species needs to be rewritten – again. A human jawbone from a cave in Israel has proven to be at least 177,000 years old, indicating that Homo sapiens left its African birthplace at least 50,000 years earlier than thought. The find solves several mysteries of human evolution, but also […]

How Science is Peeling Back the Layers of Ancient Lacquer Sculptures

How Science is Peeling Back the Layers of Ancient Lacquer Sculptures

The three seated figures stare contemplatively outward, their legs folded and their torsos swathed in simple one-shoulder robes. Once resplendent in gold leaf-plated skin, the statues have degraded over the centuries, the eye-popping color of their bodies and dress giving way to earthy browns and blacks, the craftsmanship underlying them laid bare at the expense […]