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Skilled female potters travelled around the Baltic nearly 5000 years ago

Was it the fine pottery itself, or the artisans who made it, that moved around the Baltic Sea region during the Corded Ware Culture of late Neolithic period? Are the archaeological artefacts found in Finland imported goods or were they made out of Finnish clay by artisans who had mastered the new technology? These are the questions researchers are trying …Continue reading →

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Two-billion-year-old salt rock reveals rise of oxygen in ancient atmosphere

A 2-billion-year-old chunk of sea salt provides new evidence for the transformation of Earth’s atmosphere into an oxygenated environment capable of supporting life as we know it. A sample of 2-billion-year-old salt (pink-white recrystallized halite) with embedded fragments of calcium sulfate from a geological drill core in Russian Karelia [Credit: Aivo Lepland, Geological Survey of Norway/ Science/AAAS]The study by an… [[ …Continue reading →

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Once-mysterious ‘Atacama Skeleton’ illuminates genetics of bone disease

The skeleton, discovered in a leather pouch behind an abandoned church, was pristine: a tiny figure, just six inches long, with a cone-shaped head, 10 pairs of ribs, and bones that looked like those of an eight-year-old child. Found in the Atacama Desert of Chile and later affectionately nicknamed “Ata,” the skeleton made its way onto the black market for …Continue reading →

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Adaptive radiations in the Mesozoic

Bony fishes are the most diverse of all extant vertebrate groups. A comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the group now provides new insights into its 250-million-year evolutionary history. The Ginglymodi Propterus elongatus in the Paleontological Museum Munich [Credit: A. López-Arbarello, LMU]With some 30,000 currently recognized species, the true bony fishes or teleosts, which belong to the Neopterygii, account for more than …Continue reading →

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Short-faced bears, largest carnivores in the Ice Age, became omnivores to survive

Based on the analysis of fossil teeth conducted by researcher Alejandro Romero, from the University of Alicante’s Departament of Biotechnology, a study shows that short-faced bears (Arctodus simus), the largest carnivores in the Ice Age, became omnivores to survive. The study, led by the University of Málaga (UMA) researcher Borja Figueirido, was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. Recreation …Continue reading →

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Concrete poured on world’s oldest temple Göbeklitepe

Experts are warning about careless works around the ancient site of Göbeklitepe, considered the world’s oldest temple area, amid reports that the site is being irreparably damaged by “concrete” and “heavy equipment.” Credit: Hurriyet“My sorrow is hard to articulate. Every time I visit there I see another fragmentation coming to light,” said archaeologist Çiğdem Köksal Schmidt following her visit to …Continue reading →

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‘We’re sleepwalking into a mass extinction’ say scientists

Species that live in symbiosis with others, which often occur in the most delicately balanced and threatened marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, are the slowest to recover their diversity if damaged, according to a team of UK scientists. Shrimp have evolved from marine to freshwater environments several times [Credit: Arthur Anker]The researchers, from the University of York, the University …Continue reading →

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Prehistoric coastline discovered in West London

Engineers working on Britain’s new high speed railway have discovered an ancient, sub-tropical coastline dating back 56 million years. A depiction of what the area would have looked like during the Paleocene period [Credit: HS2 Limited]The rare discovery was made at a site in Ruislip, West London, when HS2’s ground investigation team unearthed a previously unknown material, located up to …Continue reading →

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2,000-year-old liquor unearthed from ancient tomb in western China

Archaeologists have unearthed a bronze kettle containing liquor from a Qin Dynasty tomb, dating back more than 2,000 years in west China’s Shaanxi Province. Grave goods found in Qin dynasty commoner tomb, bronze vessel containing liquor in the middle  [Credit: Xinhua/Li Yibo]The kettle is a sacrificial vessel. It was among among 260 items unearthed from a graveyard of commoners’ tombs …Continue reading →

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Medical text by ancient Greek doctor Galen uncovered beneath religious psalms on parchment

With X-ray imaging at SLAC’s synchrotron, scientists uncovered a 6th century translation of a book by the Greek-Roman doctor Galen. The words had been scraped off the parchment manuscript and written over with hymns in the 11th century. A team using X-rays from SLAC has revealed the hidden text of a medical manuscript by the ancient Greek doctor Galen that …Continue reading →

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