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October 1st, 2017

Bone development of saber-toothed cats mirrors that of contemporary cats

Saber-toothed kittens may have been born with thicker bones compared to other contemporary cats, but they have a similar pattern of bone development, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Katherine Long from California State Polytechnic University, USA and colleagues. Growth series of juvenile limb bones of Smilodon fatalis, showing the dramatic transformation in size  …Continue reading →

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Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study

The mystery loss of Tasmanian tigers from mainland Australia was likely caused by climate change and not wild dogs or hunting by Aborigines, scientists said Thursday. The Thylacine survived in the southern island state of Tasmania until 1936 when the last known one died in captivity  at Hobart Zoo after the species was hunted to extinction in the wild there …Continue reading →

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Finland’s wetlands are an internationally significant archaeological repository

Finland is among the most wetland-rich countries in Europe. The ecological and geological characteristics of the country, as well as its climate history, have promoted paludification and the formation of peatlands and alluvial strata. Satu Koivisto documenting the trench section at Savitaipale, South Eastern Finland  [Credit: Juuso Koskinen]Nevertheless, little archaeological research has been conducted in Finland’s wetlands…. [[ This is …Continue reading →

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Pre-Incan grave with human sacrifices found in Peru

Archaeologists working in northwestern Peru have discovered an ancient metallurgy workshop, two tombs and nine victims of human sacrifice, believed to date back over 1,000 years. Skeletons of human sacrifices are seen at Huaca de la Cruz in the Pomac Forest Historic Sanctuary, in Lambayeque, Peru [Credit: Pierre Cobos/Reuters]The discovery was made at the Pomac Forest Historic Sanctuary, in the …Continue reading →

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Wood sculptures and other relics found at Peru’s Chan Chan site

Four wood sculptures —three male and one female— a scepter, metal vessels, textiles and remains of winkles were found at Chayhuac An —probably the first large enclosure at the pre-Columbian adobe city of Chan Chan in northern La Libertad region. The ancient objects were found lying on a funerary platform. Photo courtesy AndinaThe fourth sculpture was unveiled a few days …Continue reading →

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Detectorists find unique Roman bronze hoard in the UK

A hoard of ancient Roman bronze artefacts discovered in Gloucestershire includes a unique sculpture of a ‘licking’ dog, never found before in Britain – and archaeologists have a fascinating theory about its origins and why it was hidden. The discovery was made by a local metal detectorist who contacted the archaeology team. The bronze sculpture of a ‘licking dog’ – …Continue reading →

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Signal Tide: 3D printed art installation pairs unexplained satellite signals with choral accompaniment

Ever wondered what extraterrestrial music sounds like? Wonder no more: visitors of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) got a taste of some “alien” instrumentation last week, thanks to a new sound installation by Berlin artists Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2kdnq8t

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1,200 year old church discovered in ancient Greek city of Adramyttion

Archaeologists have discovered a second church dating back 1,200 years in the ancient Greek city of Adramyttion in Turkey’s northwestern Balıkesir province, reports said Wednesday. AA PhotoThe church was discovered during excavations at Adramyttion led by Balıkesir Kuvayi Milliye Museum Directorate and Burhaniye Municipality, and a team of 30 archaeologists. The excavation work at the ancient site, which has been …Continue reading →

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Healing the Parthenon: Inside the Mammoth Restoration Project

Architects, archaeologists, engineers, conservators, draughtsmen, marble masons and workers – the staff of the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) – are the people we may see around us on every visit to the Acropolis, on scaffolding, on cranes, running the organized work areas. On a daily basis, they deal with the structural problems of these ancient monuments, dismantling ailing parts that …Continue reading →

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Discovery of 10,000-year-old petroglyph in Norway described as ‘sensational’

A petroglyph of a boat discovered in northern Norway has been estimated to date back 10,000 to 11,000 years. This ‘boat’ petroglyph is referred to as sensational by experts [Credit: Kjell Mikalsen/NRK]The petroglyph was discovered by retired geologist Ingvar Lindahl at Efjorden in the Nordland county, reports the local broadcaster NRK. Analysis has now estimated the petroglyph, which depicts a …Continue reading →

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