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I'm not too thrilled with the keyword problem. There is no page two (no results, I mean; the page comes up, with no keyword topics). The obsolete link that turned up on Google DID work, but entered an older page somewhere into the list, rather than the actual page 2 (or 3, or whatever). Anyway, this post will pad the topic out to 100, so that the fourth issue of the digest will be at the top of a nice clean new page. Feel free to ignore this P&M message.
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Gods, Graves, Glyphs Weekly Digest #4

'Astonishing' skull unearthed in Africa
  Posted by Kermit
On News/Activism 07/10/2002 1:00:11 PM PDT · 114 replies · 28+ views

BBC Online | 10 July, 2002 | Ivan Noble
/media/images/38125000/jpg/_38125056_hom Wednesday, 10 July, 2002, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK 'Astonishing' skull unearthed in Africa Toumai: Oldest ancestor? Image: MPFT By Ivan Noble BBC News Online science staff This is a picture of the recently unearthed human-like skull which is being described as the most important find of its type in living memory. It's the most important find in living memory Henry GeeNature It was found in the desert in Chad by an international team and is thought to be approximately seven million years old. "I knew I would one day find it... I've been looking for 25 years," said Michel...

Ancient China/Korea/Japan
Archaeologists Announce Discovery Of Underwater Man-Made Wall (Very Old)
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 11/26/2002 7:57:18 AM PST · 851 replies · 40+ views

China Post | 11-26-2002
Archaeologists announce discovery of underwater man-made wall 2002/11/26 The China Post staff Underwater archaeologists yesterday announced the discovery of a man-made wall submerged under the waters of the Pescadores Islands that could be at least six and seven thousand years old. Steve Shieh, the head of the planning committee for the Taiwan Underwater Archaeology Institute, said the wall was discovered to the northwest of Tong-chi Island in the Pescadores towards the end of September. The stone wall, with an average height of one meter and a width of 50 centimeters, covers a distance of over 100 meters, Hsieh said. The...

The Relationship Between The Basque And Ainu
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 06/25/2004 3:44:16 PM PDT · 63 replies · 135+ views

High Speed Plus | 1996 | Edo Nyland
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BASQUE AND AINU INTRODUCTION The language of the Ainu bear-worshippers of Northern Japan has generally been considered a language-isolate, supposedly being unlike any other language on earth. A few researchers noticed a relationship with languages in south-east Asia, others saw similarity with the Ostiak and Uralic languages of northern Siberia. The Ainu look like Caucasian people, they have white skin, their hair is wavy and thick, their heads are mesocephalic (round) and a few have grey or blue eyes. However, their blood types are more like the Mongolian people, possibly through many millennia of intermixing. The Ainu...

Sand-Covered Huns City Unearthed
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 10/10/2002 5:43:05 PM PDT · 98 replies · 105+ views

China Daily | 10-8-2002
Sand-covered Huns city unearthed 10/08/2002 XI'AN: Chinese archaeologists recently discovered a unique, ancient city which has lain covered by desert sands for more than 1,000 years. It is the first ruined city of the Xiongnu (Huns) ever found, said Dai Yingxin, a well-known Chinese archaeologist. The Xiongnu was a nomadic ethnic group, who for 10 centuries were tremendously influential in northern China. The unearthed city occupies 1 square kilometre in Jingbian County, in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, adjacent to the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north of the country. It is believed that the city was built by more...

Shanghai Two Milleniums Older Than Previously Thought
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 08/11/2004 4:31:47 PM PDT · 17 replies

ABC News Online | 8-11-2004
Wednesday, August 11, 2004. 6:01am (AEST) Shanghai two millenniums older than previously thought China's thriving and modern metropolis of Shanghai was first established nearly 6,000 years ago, about two millenniums earlier than previously estimated, experts and state press have said. Newly discovered artefacts in Shanghai's outskirts prove the first inhabitants migrated from neigbouring Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces more than 6,000 years ago, Song Jian, director of the Shanghai Cultural Relics Management Commission, told AFP. Mr Song said new archaeological evidence, including pieces of a human skull, show that today's teeming city of 17 million was first populated some 2,000 years...

Ancient Egypt
4,000-year-old seal of Egyptian pharaoh found in stable ruins on Scottish estate
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 06/28/2002 6:25:13 PM PDT · 13 replies · 19+ views

UK Independent News | 05 June 2002 | By Paul Kelbie Scotland Correspondent
4,000-year-old seal of Egyptian pharaoh found in stable ruins on Scottish estate By Paul Kelbie Scotland Correspondent 05 June 2002 An ancient Egyptian seal belonging to a pharaoh who died almost 4,000 years ago has been uncovered in the rubble of a Scottish stable block. The delicately carved soft blue-grey stone, which measures only 45mm (2in) in height, was found during excavations of Newhailes, a 17th-century country house in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh. The seal is highly polished and bears a series of hieroglyphics inside a royal cartouche, which experts have been able to identify as an official seal of office...

Black Pharaoh Trove Uncovered
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 01/20/2003 2:39:11 PM PST · 23 replies · 9+ views

BBC | 1-20-2003 | Ishbel Matheson
Monday, 20 January, 2003, 17:47 GMT Black pharaoh trove uncovered The Nubian kings ruled 2,500 years ago By Ishbel Matheson BBC, Nairobi A team of French and Swiss archaeologists working in the Nile Valley have uncovered ancient statues described as sculptural masterpieces in northern Sudan. The archaeologists from the University of Geneva discovered a pit full of large monuments and finely carved statues of the Nubian kings known as the black pharaohs. The Swiss head of the archaeological expedition told the BBC that the find was of worldwide importance. The black pharaohs, as they were known, ruled over a mighty...

Black pharaoh trove uncovered
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 01/29/2003 6:07:01 AM PST · 14 replies · 18+ views

BBC, Nairobi | Monday, 20 January, 2003, 17:47 GMT | By Ishbel Matheson
Black pharaoh trove uncovered The Nubian kings ruled 2,500 years ago Monday, 20 January, 2003, 17:47 GMT By Ishbel Matheson A team of French and Swiss archaeologists working in the Nile Valley have uncovered ancient statues described as sculptural masterpieces in northern Sudan. The archaeologists from the University of Geneva discovered a pit full of large monuments and finely carved statues of the Nubian kings known as the black pharaohs. The Swiss head of the archaeological expedition told the BBC that the find was of worldwide importance. The black pharaohs, as they were known, ruled over a mighty empire...

The Cat in Ancient Egypt
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 01/31/2003 2:29:42 PM PST · 162 replies · 1,101+ views

Tour Egypt | FR Posts 1-30-2003 (April 1st, 2001) | By Ilene Springer
The Cat in Ancient EgyptBy Ilene SpringerAfter the pyramids and the kohl painted eyes, almost nothing evokes more awe and mystery than the fascination ancient Egyptians had with cats.They were not only the most popular pet in the house, but their status rose to that of the sacred animals and then on to the most esteemed deities like no other creature before them.Cats domesticate the ancient EgyptiansAlthough no one can pinpoint the time exactly, we know that the cat was domesticated in Egypt, probably around 2000 B.C., and that most modern cats are descendants of the cats of ancient...

Egyptian style pyramids discovered in a remote region of Uzbekistan!
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 06/28/2002 6:05:31 PM PDT · 47 replies · 76+ views

Pravda | 11:30 2002-06-19 | Yelena Kiseleva ( Translated by Vera Solovieva )
SO, PYRAMIDS, OR SOMETHING ELSE? A joint expedition of Russian and Uzbek archaeologists has discovered several ancient pyramids in Uzbekistan. According to the scientists, these 15-metre-high constructions concealed for human eyes may be at least 2,700 years old. The ancient pyramids were discovered in a remote mountains area, in Kashkadaryin and Samarkand regions, in the south of the country, BBC reports. Archaeologists state that the discovered pyramids are similar to that ones of Giza, Egypt, though in contrast of them, Uzbek pyramids they have a flat surface. According to the experts, thanks to their remoteness, the pyramids were not taken...

Excavations at Karnak Temple complex... with rewarding results.
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 11/28/2002 7:36:37 AM PST · 6 replies · 13+ views

Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 | FR Post 11-27-2002 | Nevine El- Aref
21 - 27 November 2002 Issue No. 613Heritage Current issuePrevious issueSite map Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 Send a letter to the Editor Recommend this page Print-friendly Fruitful seasons Excavations at Karnak Temple complex have been focusing on areas hitherto little explored, with rewarding results. Nevine El-Aref takes a look Priests of the first millennium BC resided in the area beyond the fourth pylon of the Pharaoh Tuthmosis III. It is here and at the temenos (outer temple) wall built by the same Pharaoh, the Osirian zone, and the courtyard between the eighth and ninth...

Rock Art Clue To Nomad Ancestors Of Egyptian Pyramid Builders.
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 04/05/2003 5:11:26 PM PST · 4 replies · 5+ views

The Guardian (UK) | 4-5-2003 | Tim Radford
Rock art clue to nomad ancestors of Egyptian pyramid builders Stone age cattle herders left religious imagery which was to re-emerge in Valley of Kings Tim Radford, science editor Saturday April 5, 2003 The Guardian (UK) Rock art etched on cliff walls in the eastern Sahara more than 6,000 years ago could spell out the answer to one of archaeology's great puzzles - where the ancient Egyptians came from. The answer? They were there all the time. The pyramid builders made their first entry in the archaeological record 5,000 years ago. This appearance was so abrupt that it has provoked...

Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek Bronze Fished From Sea Dazzes Italy
  Posted by u-89
On News/Activism 04/01/2003 11:15:04 AM PST · 26 replies · 113+ views

Yahoo News/Reuters | 01-04-03 | Estell Shirbon
Ancient Greek Bronze Fished from Sea Dazzles Italy By Estelle Shirbon ROME (Reuters) - Italy unveiled an ancient Greek bronze statue of a dancing satyr on Tuesday, five years after Sicilian fishermen dragged it from the Mediterranean seabed in one of the most important marine archaeological finds ever. The 2,500-year-old satyr went on public display inside Italy's parliament in Rome, where it will spend two months before being moved to a permanent home in Mazara del Vallo, the fishing village in western Sicily nearest to where it was found. "The sea has given us back an extraordinary heirloom of our...

The Antikythera Mechanism: Physical and Intellectual Salvage from the 1st Century B.C.
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 08/14/2004 3:01:21 PM PDT · 14 replies

USNA Eleventh Naval History Symposium | 1995 | Rob S. Rice
The Antikythera mechanism was an arrangement of calibrated differential gears inscribed and configured to produce solar and lunar positions in synchronization with the calendar year. By rotating a shaft protruding from its now-disintegrated wooden case, its owner could read on its front and back dials the progressions of the lunar and synodic months over four-year cycles. He could predict the movement of heavenly bodies regardless of his local government's erratic calendar. From the accumulated inscriptions and the position of the gears and year-ring, Price deduced that the device was linked closely to Geminus of Rhodes, and had been built on...

Cyclops Myth Spurred by "One-Eyed" Fossils?
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 08/10/2004 10:57:41 PM PDT · 16 replies

National Geographic News | February 5, 2003 | Hillary Mayell
The tusk, several teeth, and some bones of a Deinotherium giganteum, which, loosely translated means really huge terrible beast, have been found on the Greek island Crete. A distant relative to today's elephants, the giant mammal stood 15 feet (4.6 meters) tall at the shoulder, and had tusks that were 4.5 feet (1.3 meters) long. It was one of the largest mammals ever to walk the face of the Earth... To paleontologists today, the large hole in the center of the skull suggests a pronounced trunk. To the ancient Greeks, Deinotherium skulls could well be the foundation for their...

Victor Davis Hanson: The Ancient Greeks – Were they like us at all?
  Posted by quidnunc
On News/Activism 05/04/2004 8:33:07 PM PDT · 25 replies · 6+ views

The New Criterion | May 2004 | Victor Davis Hanson
The classical Greeks were really nothing like us — at least that now seems the prevailing dogma of classical scholars of the last half-century. Perhaps due to the rise of cultural anthropology or, more recently, to a variety of postmodern schools of social construction, it is now often accepted that the lives of Socrates, Euripides, and Pericles were not similar to our own, but so far different as to be almost unfathomable. Shelley’s truism that “We are all Greeks” has now become, as we say, “inoperative.” M. I. Finley, the great historian of the ancient economy, spent a lifetime to...

Ancient India
Ahmad Hassan Dani (Indus Valley script)
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 08/12/2004 10:20:30 AM PDT · 16 replies

Harappa | January 6, 1998 | interviewed by Omar Khan friends like Asko Parpola, Professor Mahadevan, and the Russians Professors who have worked on this subject. They have all been working on the assumption that the language of the Indus people was Dravidian, that the people who build the Indus Civilization are Dravidian. But unfortunately I, as well as my friend Prof. B.B. Lal in India, have not been able to agree with this... On the other hand, I have been talking to Prof. Parpola that certainly this is an agglutinative language, there is no doubt. That has been accepted by all of us. Dravidian is an agglutinative language....

Ancient Italy
Move Over, Pompeii
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 08/10/2004 10:03:10 AM PDT · 5 replies

Archaeology, Volume 55 Number 2 | March/April 2002 | Jarrett A. Lobell
One of the world's best-preserved Bronze Age villages has been found at Nola, a few miles from Vesuvius, during routine tests before construction of a shopping center. A catastrophic eruption of the volcano, known to have taken place between 1800 and 1750 B.C., left this "Prehistoric Pompeii" in a state of remarkable preservation... Although much of the structure of the prehistoric huts was destroyed by the eruption, falling ash and volcanic mud hardened to create a kind of mold of the village in reverse, much like the casts of the victims of Vesuvius' more famous eruption. In addition to...

Epigraphy and Language
Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots
  Posted by Pharmboy
On News/Activism 07/01/2003 5:48:39 AM PDT · 153 replies · 61+ views

NY Times | July 1, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
In November 1897, in a field near the village of Coligny in eastern France, a local inhabitant unearthed two strange objects. One was an imposing statue of Mars, the Roman god of war. The other was an ancient bronze tablet, 5 feet wide and 3.5 feet high. It bore numerals in Roman but the words were in Gaulish, the extinct version of Celtic spoken by the inhabitants of France before the Roman conquest in the first century B.C. The tablet, now known as the Coligny calendar, turned out to record the Celtic system of measuring time, as well as being...

Precolumbian, Clovis, PreClovis
Court Blocks Study Of Ancient Bones Pending Appeal (Kennewick Man)
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 02/23/2003 5:14:18 PM PST · 30 replies · 9+ views

SF Gate | 2020-2003
<p>Eight anthropologists who want to study an ancient skeleton must want until a federal court has heard an appeal of the case by four Northwest tribes that consider the bones sacred.</p> <p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, made last week, prevents any study of the 9,300-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man, which scientists have sought to examine since 1996.</p>

Date Limit Set On First Americans
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 07/22/2003 6:11:50 PM PDT · 32 replies · 7+ views

BBC | 7-22-2003 | Paul Rincon
Date limit set on first Americans By Paul Rincon BBC Science A new genetic study deals a blow to claims that humans reached America at least 30,000 years ago - around the same time that people were colonising Europe. Kennewick Man, a 9,300-year-old American The subject of when humans first arrived in America is hotly contested by academics. On one side of the argument are researchers who claim America was first populated around 13,000 years ago, toward the end of the last Ice Age. On the other are those who propose a much earlier date for colonisation of the continent...

Debate Over a Skull [NYT Letter to Ed.]
  Posted by Pharmboy
On News/Activism 06/22/2003 5:01:21 AM PDT · 8 replies · 7+ views

NY Times: Letters | 6-22-03 | C. LORING BRACE
To the Editor: "The Beginning of Modern Humans" (editorial, June 15) states that a newly discovered Ethiopian skull more than 150,000 years old is "recognizably modern to paleoanthropologists but not to most of the rest of us." It does not look recognizably modern to this paleoanthropologist, and it is a much less probable candidate for being the ancestor of the modern European human than the European Neanderthal is. I have superimposed the outlines of the crania being compared. Statistical analysis of a battery of measurements shows that the European Neanderthal is more closely related to modern Europeans than to anyone...

Explorer Thor Heyerdahl, 87, Dies
  Posted by Vigilant1
On News/Activism 04/19/2002 3:19:18 AM PDT · 35 replies · 25+ views

AP, via | 19 April 2002 | DOUG MELLGREN
By DOUG MELLGREN, Associated Press Writer April 19, 2002, 4:42 AM EDT OSLO, Norway -- Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian explorer who crossed the Pacific on a balsa log raft to prove his theories of human migration, has died at 87. Heyerdahl, whose book "Kon-Tiki" on the daring 101-day voyage sold millions of copies, stopped taking food, water or medication in early April after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. He died Thursday night in his sleep at home in Colla Michari, Italy, said his son, Thor Heyerdahl Jr. Heyerdahl had been hospitalized near there in late March when he...

In the Footsteps of Heyerdahl
  Posted by Richard Poe
On News/Activism 08/16/2002 1:32:09 PM PDT · 29 replies · 8+ views | August 16, 2002 | Richard Poe
WHEN THOR HEYERDAHL died in April, the mass media fell oddly mute. Some readers told me that they learned of the great Norwegian explorer’s death only a week later, by reading my eulogy on the Internet. Such apathy seems hard to fathom. Every schoolboy once read Kon-Tiki and dreamed of conquering the waves as Heyerdahl had done. Perhaps, imbued with the modern philosophy of "safety first," today’s journalists no longer wish to encourage such dreams. Media apathy has likewise greeted Dominique Goerlitz – Heyerdahl’s apprentice and heir apparent. On July 20, this 35-year-old German schoolteacher landed in Alexandria, Egypt, after...

Myth of the Hunter-Gatherer
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On Bloggers & Personal 08/13/2004 12:07:48 AM PDT · 3 replies

Archaeology | September/October 1999 Volume 52 Number 5 | Kenneth M. Ames
On September 19, 1997, the New York Times announced the discovery of a group of earthen mounds in northeastern Louisiana. The site, known as Watson Brake, includes 11 mounds 26 feet high linked by low ridges into an oval 916 feet long. What is remarkable about this massive complex is that it was built around 3400 B.C., more than 3,000 years before the development of farming communities in eastern North America, by hunter-gatherers, at least partly mobile, who visited the site each spring and summer to fish, hunt, and collect freshwater mussels... Social complexity cannot exist unless I it...

Scientist: Oldest American skull found
  Posted by CobaltBlue
On News/Activism 12/03/2002 10:09:59 AM PST · 32 replies · 8+ views

CNN | December 3 2002 | Jeordan Legon
<p>The "Peñon Woman III" skeleton was found near Mexico City International Airport.</p> <p>But perhaps more significant than the bones' age, researchers said, is that they were found while digging a well near Mexico City International Airport. Because the remains were discovered outside the United States, scientists will be able to study the DNA and structure of the skeleton without the objection of Native American groups, who can claim and rebury ancestral remains under a 1990 U.S. law.</p>

Scientists Wait To Examine Kennewick Man (Update)
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 08/10/2004 10:56:41 AM PDT · 18 replies

IOL | 8-8-2004 | Tomas Alex Tizon
Scientists wait to examine Kennewick Man August 08 2004 at 04:58PM By Tomas Alex Tizon For a few days last week, the top forensic anthropologists in the United States thought they were finally going to get their chance to study Kennewick Man. The eight-year legal battle over the 9 300-year-old bones, one of the oldest skeletons found in North America, appeared finished after five northwest Indian tribes decided not to pursue their case to the US supreme court. The tribes claimed that Kennewick Man was an ancestor and should not be desecrated by scientific study. Two courts ruled in favour...

Secrets of old mask still hidden, duo say
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 01/30/2004 6:44:11 AM PST · 5 replies · 12+ views

Deseret Morning News | Monday, January 26, 2004 | By Joe Bauman
A mysterious ancient stone mask from Mexico has spoken but apparently only to say that its people's written language remains undeciphered. BYU's Stephen Houston holds a copy of ancient script from Mexico. He disagrees with claims that "Teo Mask" words have been deciphered.Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News A study by Brigham Young University archaeologist Stephen Houston and his colleague from Yale University, Michael D. Coe, say the mask disproves earlier claims that the language had been cracked. Their paper is to be published in "Mexicon," a journal about news and research from Mesoamerica. The title is "Has Isthmian Writing Been...

Skeletal Remains May Be 11,000 Years Old (Lake Jackson, Texas)
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 08/09/2002 11:17:39 AM PDT · 108 replies · 53+ views

Houston Chronicle | 8-9-2002 | Terry Kliewer
Aug. 9, 2002, 10:45AM BONING UP ON HISTORYSkeletal remains may be 11,000 years old By TERRY KLIEWER Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle LAKE JACKSON -- The gummy clay of coastal Texas holds plenty of secrets, but it may have given up one of its oldest when routine excavation near here uncovered prehistoric human bones. John Everett / Chronicle Archaeologist Robert d'Aigle unearthed bones three years ago in the San Bernard River National Wildlife Refuge in south Brazoria County. He may have found only the third human skeleton in North America that dates back at least 10,000 years. The bones -- a...

Skeleton Case Challeges 'Native American'
  Posted by anymouse
On News/Activism 09/10/2003 9:06:22 PM PDT · 18 replies · 8+ views

Associated Press | 9/10/08 | WILLIAM McCALL
With both sides clashing over the definition of "Native American," an appeals court heard arguments Wednesday on whether a 9,300-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man belongs to scientists or Indian tribes. The Interior Department has been fighting with scientists over control of the bones since they were discovered in 1996 along the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash. Anthropologists want to do research on the skeleton. But then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt ruled three years ago the bones should be handed over to the tribes for reburial. Last October, U.S. Magistrate John Jelderks overturned Babbitt and approved research on...

Space dust to unlock Mexican pyramid secrets
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 03/18/2004 5:34:06 PM PST · 9 replies · 12+ views

Reuters via MSNBC | Updated: 01:58 PM PT March16, 2004 | By Alistair Bell
Space dust to unlock Mexican pyramid secrets Muon detector could point scientists to hidden burial chambersTwo vendors sit near the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, where physicists are using a muon detector to look for hidden burial chambers. TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico - Remnants of space dust that constantly shower the world are helping unlock the secrets of a 2,000-year-old Mexican pyramid where the rulers of a mysterious civilization may lie buried. Deep under the huge Pyramid of the Sun, north of Mexico City, physicists are installing a device to detect muons, subatomic particles that are left over when cosmic...

Young Bones Lay Columbus Myth To Rest
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 08/12/2004 8:16:56 AM PDT · 17 replies

The Guardian (UK) | 8-11-2004 | Giles Tremlett
Young bones lay Columbus myth to rest Giles Tremlett in Madrid Wednesday August 11, 2004 The Guardian (UK) A centuries-old historical row over the whereabouts of the body of Christopher Columbus appeared to have been solved yesterday when scientists in Spain conceded that the corpse buried at Seville's gothic Santa Maria cathedral was not that of the famous explorer. Instead, the bones they studied were probably those of his lesser known son, Diego, who was a small and weedy man, unlike his father. Christopher Columbus's body, the experts say, almost certainly lies back in the "new world" he sailed to...

Anthropology and Biology
Another Branch of Human Ancestors Reported
  Posted by Pharmboy
On News/Activism 03/05/2004 3:30:34 AM PST · 22 replies · 9+ views

NY Times | March 5, 2004 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Another species has been added to the family tree of early human ancestors — and to controversies over how straight or tangled were the branches of that tree. Long before Homo erectus, Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy, more than three million years ago) and several other distant kin, scientists are reporting today, there lived a primitive hominid species in what is now Ethiopia about 5.5 million to 5.8 million years ago. That would make the newly recognizied species one of the earliest known human ancestors, perhaps one of the first to emerge after the chimpanzee and human lineages diverged from a common...

Human tools found in Antarctica
  Posted by djf
On News/Activism 01/20/2004 5:03:51 AM PST · 49 replies · 112+ views

Early morning Today show | 1/20/2004 | NBC
There was just a very short blurb about finding evidence of settlements in Antarctica, along with pictures of tools, that indicate man was there 2-300 years before it was officially discovered in the 1800's. I am searching for links but haven't found any yet.

Petite skull reopens human ancestry debate
  Posted by Michael_Michaelangelo
On News/Activism 07/02/2004 7:55:48 AM PDT · 119 replies · 228+ views

New Scientist | 7/1/04 | Will Knight
Petite skull reopens human ancestry debate 18:47 01 July 04 news service The remnants of a remarkably petite skull belonging to one of the first human ancestors to walk on two legs have revealed the great physical diversity among these prehistoric populations. But whether the species Homo erectus, meaning "upright man", should be reclassified into several distinct species remains controversial. Richard Potts, from the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and colleagues discovered numerous pieces of a single skull in the Olorgesailie valley, in southern Kenya, between June and August 2003. The bones...

Prehistoric Images Threatened by Fungi (French Scientists Surrender To Mold)
  Posted by WaveThatFlag
On News/Activism 05/06/2003 7:10:52 AM PDT · 17 replies · 9+ views

Wall Street Journal | Tuesday, May 6, 2003 | BENJAMIN IVRY
<p>Cave paintings are among man's earliest and most precious recorded creations, and those in Lascaux, near Montignac in the Dordogne region of France, are among the most celebrated and admired of their kind. Dating back some 17,000 years, they feature over 1,500 pictures of animals, many of unique beauty and dynamism.</p>

A New Look at Old Data May Discredit a Theory on Race
  Posted by Pharmboy
On News/Activism 10/08/2002 7:11:27 AM PDT · 20 replies · 8+ views

NY Times | 10-8-02 | Nicholas Wade
Two physical anthropologists have reanalyzed data gathered by Franz Boas, a founder of American anthropology, and report that he erred in saying environment influenced human head shape. Boas's data, the two scientists say, show almost no such effect. The reanalysis bears on whether craniometrics, the measurement of skull shape, can validly identify ethnic origin. As such, it may prompt a re-evaluation of the definition of human races and of ancient skulls like that of Kennewick Man. "I have used Boas's study to fight what I guess could be considered racist approaches to anthropology," said Dr. David Thomas, curator of anthropology...

Scientist Says Monkey Thought Extinct May Be Swinging Through Trees in Africa
  Posted by Leroy S. Mort
On News/Activism 02/06/2004 3:01:12 AM PST · 5 replies · 6+ views

AP | Feb 6, 2004 | John McCarthy
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A species of monkey thought likely to be extinct may still be swinging through the trees in Africa, according to an anthropologist. The Miss Waldron's red colobus monkey was declared likely extinct in 2000 by a team that included W. Scott McGraw, an assistant professor of anthropology at Ohio State University. None had been seen since 1978, but McGraw said Wednesday he has evidence the species survives. Two years ago, McGraw retrieved the skin of a monkey a hunter killed in Ivory Coast that had the markings of the red colobus, he said. The pelt had...

(Good News For Democrats) Scientists: Hard heads a key to survival
  Posted by presidio9
On News/Activism 02/13/2004 12:54:46 PM PST · 12 replies · 176+ views

CNN | Friday, February 13, 2004
<p>Get it through your once-thick skull. Scientists say the bulky craniums of the human ancestor, homo erectus, may have helped the species survive some aggressive mating rituals.</p> <p>After studying fossils in a region called Dragon Bone Hill in China, anthropologist Russell Ciochon of the University of Iowa concluded males of the species were clubbing one another over the head, probably to win females.</p>

Scientists Say Warfare Began After People Formed Villages
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 09/16/2003 5:33:47 PM PDT · 44 replies · 14+ views

Seattle Times | 9-16-2003 | Dan Vergano
Scientists say warfare began after people formed villages By Dan Vergano Gannett News Service From ancient Troy to today's Iraq, warfare forms the backdrop of human history. But anthropologists, archaeologists and other scholars tend to disagree on war's origins: Some see it as an ailment of civilization and others say it has deeper roots. Two anthropologists from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, suggest that although people could have come into conflict before civilization, archaeological remains of burning homes, fleeing refugees and slain captives show simple raids steadily maturing into full-scale warfare as humans settled into villages and society became...

Spider mite upsets evolutionary theory
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 08/10/2004 10:16:36 PM PDT · 11 replies

New Scientist | 19:00 28 June 01 | Hazel Muir
The false spider mite has been revealed as the first known animal to make do with only one set of chromosomes, challenging traditional theories of evolution... Using standard sequencing techniques, Weeks's team found the mites' chromosomes to be very different. As far as the researchers could tell, none of the mites carried two identical copies of any particular gene. They conclude that the species is exclusively haploid. Weeks thinks being exclusively haploid might give the animals an evolutionary advantage... This genetic state may be rare simply because diploidy was "frozen" early in evolution and other animals haven't had the...

Why Humans and Their Fur Parted Ways
  Posted by Pharmboy
On News/Activism 08/19/2003 5:41:06 AM PDT · 138 replies · 61+ views

The New York Times (Science Times) | August 19, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
Illustration by Michael Rothman Before An Australopithecus, sporting full-bodied fur about four million years ago. After An archaic human walked fur-free about 1.2 million years ago, carrying fire on the savanna ONE of the most distinctive evolutionary changes as humans parted company from their fellow apes was their loss of body hair. But why and when human body hair disappeared, together with the matter of when people first started to wear clothes, are questions that have long lain beyond the reach of archaeology and paleontology. Ingenious solutions to both issues have now been proposed, independently, by two research groups analyzing...

Door Shuts on Pyramid's Mysteries
  Posted by ramdalesh
On News/Activism 09/17/2002 11:49:07 PM PDT · 15 replies · 9+ views

BBC NEWS | September 17, 2002
Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK Door shuts on pyramid's mysteries A fibre optic camera was inserted inside the door Hopes of unlocking the secrets of the Pharaohs have hit an obstacle after a robot sent into the heart of Egypt's Great Pyramid in Giza has found its way barred. Scientists will study the footage and prepare for another expedition With audiences watching on live television, the miniature robot - dubbed the Pyramid Rover - crawled about 65 metres (71 yards) up a narrow tunnel to explore a mysterious shaft blocked by a limestone door. When it got...

(On TV Tonight) Egyptian Pyramid Mysteries To Be Explored Live On TV
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 09/16/2002 4:48:33 PM PDT · 76 replies · 10+ views

National Geographic | 9-13-2002 | Nancy Gupton
Egyptian Pyramid Mysteries to Be Explored Live on TV Nancy Gupton for National Geographic News September 13, 2002 With modern technology and a little bit of luck, archaeologists hope to solve two of ancient Egypt's mysteries next week in a live television broadcast. The scientists will attempt to probe the inside of a blocked shaft in the Great Pyramid of Giza, and will also open the oldest intact sarcophagus found in modern times. Zahi Hawass, director of Egypt's antiquities and a National Geographic explorer-in residence, stands beside the oldest intact sarcophagus found in modern times. Both have been sealed for...

The Pyramid mystery
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 10/12/2002 8:27:02 AM PDT · 14 replies · 8+ views

Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 | 10 - 16 October 2002 | Nevine El-Aref
The Pyramid mystery There is much speculation about the Great Pyramid and why its design followed such an elaborate pattern. Nevine El-Aref studies the options. The Giza Pyramids: do they mirror the stars? The Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza has been in the limelight again. This time attention is focusing on one of its lingering questions: why were small shafts built into its structure, and what is behind the so-called "blocking stone"? While probing last month with a pint-sized robot inside the southern shaft leading from the Pyramid's Queen's Chamber -- broadcast live on television -- the National...

Robot explores SECOND shaft, discovers matching door (Great Pyramid)
  Posted by Thinkin' Gal
On News/Activism 09/24/2002 7:40:58 AM PDT · 55 replies · 30+ views

Yahoo (AP) | Mon Sep 23,11:40 AM ET | By DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press Writer
Robot explores second shaft, discovers matching door Mon Sep 23,11:40 AM ET By DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt - Scientists using a robot have discovered yet another door deep inside the Great Pyramid, Egypt's head archaeologist said Monday. Friday's discovery followed the robotic revelation on live, international television Sept. 17 of a chamber behind a similar stone door in another shaft in the pyramid the pharaoh Khufu built more than 4,000 years ago. "This find in the northern shaft, coupled with last week's discovery ... in the southern shaft, represents the first major new information about the Great...

Robot seeks answer to pyramid mystery!
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 08/27/2002 7:23:35 PM PDT · 17 replies · 8+ views

The Times | August 27, 2002 | By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent
World News August 27, 2002 Robot seeks answer to pyramid mystery By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent A MYSTERIOUS passage in the Great Pyramid at Giza will be explored by a robot next month in an attempt to unravel one of the final secrets of the last remaining wonder of the Ancient World. The Pyramid Rover will be sent to find out what lies beyond a blocked, 8in-square shaft that has puzzled researchers since its discovery in 1872. The custom-built machine will climb 210ft along the channel, which leads upwards from an unusued and apparently unfinished room known as the Queen’s...

Robot to go back to Great Pyramid!
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 11/28/2002 7:31:37 AM PST · 12 replies · 7+ views

The Egyptian State Information Bureau | November 23, 2002 | Editorial Staff
November 23, 2002 Robot back to Great Pyramid Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawas said the Robot, Pyramid Rover, will return to the Great Pyramid of Cheops after Eidul Fitr to continue the endeavours to unravel the mystery of the pyramid. “The Robot will enter the Northern hole in the pyramid, as it entered the southern one earlier,” said Hawas. Another door is expected to be uncovered, Hawas said, to protect the burial chambers and funeral furniture of the king. Co-studies are conducted with the U.S. side to explain the...

The Secret Doors Inside the Great Pyramid
  Posted by SteveH
On News/Activism 03/22/2003 10:05:38 PM PST · 8 replies · 10+ views

"Official Website of Dr. Zahi Hawass" | 3/22/2003 | Zahi Hawass
The Great Pyramid of Khufu has always fascinated people because it is the only ancient wonder of the world that exists today. It is also possible people are fascinated because Khufu’s pyramid, especially the interior, is very complex. The modern entrance to the pyramid was created in the Ninth Century A.D. by el-Mamoun son of Haroun el-Rhasied. The true entrance is above this one. This passage goes down through the pyramid, and then connects to another corridor that ascends to the King’s and Queen’s Chambers. The original passage continues downwards into an unfinished chamber directly under the pyramid. Discussion about...

Zahi Hawass searches for the "Hidden" Chamber (Update on the "door" found in the Great Pyramid!)
  Posted by vannrox
On News/Activism 04/11/2003 7:14:16 AM PDT · 33 replies · 15+ views

IOL | November 28 2002 at 02:24PM | By Owen Coetzer
Khufu and the chamber of secrets November 28 2002 at 02:24PM By Owen Coetzer History calls it a tomb. Yet no mummy was ever found in it. It is attributed to the 4th Dynasty pharaoh Khufu, (Cheops in Greek) yet the only reference to his name is upside-down in red paint on some quarry blocks discovered by sheer accident in an almost totally inaccessible pressure-relieving vault high above the so-called King's Chamber. In fact, no inscriptions of any kind appear anywhere in the Great Pyramid. And absolute proof is still needed - after some 4 500 years - to attribute its...

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