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Category: Prehistory

Humans Self-Domesticated Themselves in the Distant Past

S u m m a r y : Instead of humans domesticating animals, humans were domesticating humans, back in the day. The Selection Process Before we domesticated animals, we, humans, domesticated ourselves: this was done through a process of selecting ‘tame’ humans over aggressive ones. Choosing tameness over its opposite trait has been suggested by

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Giant ‘Crocodile’ With Dinosaur Teeth in Madagascar

S u m m a r y : A giant crocodile with dinosaur T. rex teeth used to walk freely during the Jurassic period in Indian Ocean island, Madagascar, says a new study published in the journal PeerJ. A Predatory Crocodylomorph The gigantic crocodile relative is documented by a team of paleontologists from Italy and France—it

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Volcanoes Allowed Dinosaurs to Conquer Earth

S u m m a r y : Volcanic eruptions paved the way for dinosaurs to conquer the Earth, suggests a new study published in the journal PNAS. The Rise of the Dinosaurs Dinosaurs are known to have walked the Earth ever so freely following the end of the Triassic period: back then (around 200

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4,000-Year-Old Funeral Garden Discovered in Egyptian Tomb

A 4,000-year-old funerary garden has been discovered in a tomb in Egypt. The findings are reported by a researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). We have now seen everything: a funerary garden spotted at the entrance of an Egyptian tomb! 4,000 years of age, the first of its name (kind) has been identified

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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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Tech-Advanced Alien Life: Evidence in Fast Radio Bursts?

Aliens might be out there, creating technologically-advanced radio transmitters that would account for the fast radio bursts we witness on Earth on rare occasions, suggests a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Humans have looked for alien life for as long as one can remember. Scientists have searched for possible evidence of extraterrestrial

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Oldest Life Form on Earth (3,770-Million-Years Old) Discovered in Canada

The oldest life form has been discovered in Canada, in the form of remains of bacteria from 3,770 million years ago. The findings published in Nature. The oldest form of life on Earth, discovered in the Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt (NSB), Quebec, Canada—it constitutes remains of microorganisms whose minimum age is estimated to be 3,770 million

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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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New Continent Zealandia Discovered Under New Zealand

A mysterious continent lies beneath New Zealand, says a group of geologists. The findings are published in the latest edition of The Geological Society of America (GSA) Today. However, its designation as a continent is reminiscent of the battle of categorising Pluto as a planet: is Zealandia really a continent, and if it is, who will officially classify

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Humans’ Oldest Ancestor: Bag-Like, Microscopic Sea Creature

Meet your oldest ancestor: a bag-like, super-tiny creature of the sea. Wearing a big mouth on its elliptical body, it was a frightening little fellow. It has been documented in the journal Nature. You’re a Creature of the Ocean Prepare to be horrified. Your oldest ancestor was no more than a millimeter in size. It

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Ancient, Alien-Like Insect Discovered in Stone Amber

A 100-million-year-old alien-like insect with a triangular head has been discovered in a semi-precious stone amber in Myanmar, says a new study published in the journal Cretaceous Research. The ET-insect, named Aethiocarenus burmanicus (A. burmanicus), was a tiny female without wings—small but scary. It dates back to the time of the dinosaurs. The only other

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