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Category: Archaeology

Boys Ate Dogs & Wolves to Become Warriors 4,000 Years Ago

S u m m a r y : 4 millennia ago, teenage boys fed on dogs or wolves to become ‘wolf-men’ warriors. The new findings are published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. Dog-Eaters in the Bronze Age Back during the Bronze Age, teenage boys from southwestern Russia would become wolf-men warriors, a transition that

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An Egyptian Wooden Toe: World’s Oldest Prosthesis

S u m m a r y : Meet the world’s oldest prosthesis: a 3,000-year-old wooden toe discovered in an ancient cemetery in Egypt. Wooden Toe in Female Burial An artificial wooden toe has been found in a female burial located in the necropolis of Sheikh ’Abd el-Qurna, Egypt. The ancient prosthetic, dating back to

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Why Cats Are All Over the Internet (and our Hearts!)

S u m m a r y : Investigating why cats have conquered the Internet, our living rooms, and our hearts took a team of researchers to the Near East, and to (of course) Egypt, right into ancient cat DNA. The new study is published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Where it all

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Jurassic Park in Australia: 21 Different Dinosaur Tracks Discovered

A set of 21 different forms of dinosaur tracks have been discovered in Western Australia, at the Dampier Peninsula coastline, a site known as “Australia’s Jurassic Park”. This finding constitutes the most diverse range of dinosaur tracks in the whole world. The paper is published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The dinosaur tracks were

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Ancient Egyptian Ritual Images Similar to Shamanism

Ancient Egyptian ritual images engraved in rock have been discovered, specifically hunting scenes that bear close resemblance to shamanic ones. The research has earned the team of archaeologists a prestigious award given by the Minister of Antiquities in Cairo. The discovery was made during an excavation at Qubbet el-Hawa (hill of wind), a necropolis near

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Maya Jade Pendant of Ancient King Discovered

A buried jade pendant thought to have belonged to an ancient Maya king has been discovered in an 800-A.D tomb found in the most surprising of places in Central America. This finding, published in the journal Ancient Mesoamerica, brings forth more questions about Maya history. The discovery was made by an archaeologist from UC San

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Lost Continent Under Mauritius Discovered by Scientists

Mauritius is hiding a lost continent underneath itself, says a team of researchers whose paper has been published in the journal Nature Communications. Lost World in the Indian Ocean—A Piece of Gondwana The existence of a lost continent in the Indian Ocean, lying beneath the volcanic island of Mauritius, has been confirmed by a group

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Huge Lake Under a Volcano in Bolivia Might Trigger Its Eruption

A gigantic magmatic lake has been hiding underneath a dormant volcano in Bolivia, says international team of scientists.  The lake consists of a water body with partially molten rock. Its temperature is estimated to be around 1,000 degrees Celsius. Its location: 15 kilometres down dormant volcano Cerro Uturuncu in the Bolivian Altiplano. This is, obviously, quite

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Evidence for Right-Handedness in 1.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil

The earliest evidence for right-handedness has been found in a Homo habilis fossil. The findings are published in the Journal of Human Evolution. The Homo habilis has been found to be more similar to humans than to apes. The resemblance appears to include handedness as well. “We already know that Homo habilis had brain lateralization

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The End of East Antarctica: Emergence of Destructive Blue Lakes

The emergence of around 8,000 blue lakes on East Antarctica’s ice sheets has captured the attention of scientists who are concerned about the related implications. This is documented in a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters. The blue lakes in question are notorious because of the alleged destruction with which they have been associated lately: recent

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Threat of a Massive Earthquake Is Looming Under Bangladesh

Bangladesh might be under the threat of a massive earthquake building up under its land. A team of scientists have made an appraisal of the possibility of the disaster, and concluded that it could affect around 140 million people in the region. Their paper is published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The subduction zone The

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Extremophile Worm Discovered in Poisonous Sulphur Cave

A new worm species has been discovered in a cave filled with toxic sulphur gas in Colorado – something creeping right out of a horror movie. The findings are published in Zootaxa. The newly-found cave worm is blood-red, and thrives in the dark. Pretty much a vampire-worm, yes. It stays away from the light, and lives

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