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  • How scientists recreated Neanderthal man

    10/23/2012 10:06:27 AM PDT · by Renfield · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 10-23-2012
    A team of scientists has created what it believes is the first really accurate reconstruction of Neanderthal man, from a skeleton that was discovered in France over a century ago. In 1909, excavations at La Ferrassie cave in the Dordogne unearthed the remains of a group of Neanderthals. One of the skeletons in that group was that of an adult male, given the name La Ferrassie 1. These remains have helped scientists create a detailed reconstruction of our closest prehistoric relative for a new BBC series, Prehistoric Autopsy. La Ferrassie 1 is one of the most important discoveries made in...
  • Molecular analysis supports controversial claim for dinosaur cells (How prehistoric is it?)

    10/23/2012 10:22:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Nature ^ | 10/23/2012 | Kate Wong
    RALEIGH—Twenty years ago, paleontologist Mary Schweitzer made an astonishing discovery. Peering through a microscope at a slice of dinosaur bone, she spotted what looked for all the world like red blood cells. It seemed utterly impossible—organic remains were not supposed to survive the fossilization process—but test after test indicated that the spherical structures were indeed red blood cells from a 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. In the years that followed, she and her colleagues discovered other apparent soft tissues, including what seem to be blood vessels and feather fibers. But controversy accompanied their claims. Skeptics argued that the alleged organic tissues were...
  • New analysis of how humans expanded out of Africa

    10/24/2012 2:40:39 AM PDT · by Natufian · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 10/24/2012 | Damien Gayle
    The emergence of wheat and milk allergies could be explained by a new account of the human race's 'out of Africa' expansion that began 60,000 years ago. The comprehensive review of humans' anthropological and genetic records gives the most up-to-date story of how the global migration had a dramatic effect on human genetic diversity.
  • 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

    10/23/2012 6:57:26 AM PDT · by Renfield · 70 replies
    Frontiers of Anthropology ^ | 5-15-2012 | Jack O'Brien, Elford Alley
    When it comes to the birth of America, most of us are working from a stew of elementary school history lessons, Westerns and vague Thanksgiving mythology. And while it's not surprising those sources might biff a couple details, what's shocking is how much less interesting the version we learned was. It turns out our teachers, Hollywood and whoever we got our Thanksgiving mythology from (Big Turkey?) all made America's origin story far more boring than it actually was for some very disturbing reasons. For instance ...
  • TV Game Show Appearance Of Last Surviving Man To Witness Abraham Lincoln's Assassination - YouTube

    10/22/2012 6:47:41 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10-20-2012
    TV Game Show Appearance Of Last Surviving Man To Witness Abraham Lincoln's Assassination Appears On YouTube After Nearly 60 YEARS I've Got a Secret featured Samuel Seymour, a Maryland man who was the last surviving person to witness Abraham Lincoln's death Mr Seymour died about two months after his appearance on the show, at 96 years old By Daily Mail ReporterOctober 20, 2012 A rare TV appearance of the last surviving person to witness the assassination of Abraham Lincoln's assassination has turned up on YouTube. The video is from a February 1956 episode of the TV game show I've Got...
  • Breakthrough in world's oldest undeciphered writing

    10/22/2012 8:03:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday, October 22, 2012 | Sean Coughlan
    The world's oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where enslaved workers lived on rations close to the starvation level... Dr Dahl's secret weapon is being able to see this writing more clearly than ever before... a big black dome is clicking away and flashing out light... It's being used to help decode a writing system called proto-Elamite, used between around 3200BC and 2900BC in a...
  • Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' Was All Beefcake

    10/21/2012 2:59:58 PM PDT · by Renfield · 43 replies
    NPR.org ^ | 10-21-2012 | Anna King
    For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes in Washington state fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500-year-old bones known as Kennewick Man. Scientists won the battle, and now, after years of careful examination, they're releasing some of their findings. For starters, Kennewick Man was buff. I mean, really beefcake. So says Doug Owsley, head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and the man who led the study of the ancient remains. Owsley can read the bones like we might read a book. He looks for ridge lines that indicate which muscles...
  • 8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant

    10/20/2012 4:56:17 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 42 replies
    IO9 ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant The Ark of the Covenant is an artifact associated with Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths. Depending on the source, the Ark holds the Ten Commandments, a staff that once became a snake, a portion of the Torah, and more. After the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in the 6th Century B.C.E. (sic), the Ark of the Covenant disappeared from religious records. Where did it go? Here are eight incredible, conspiracy-minded theories. 1. The Tomb of King Tut A 1922 picture of the early excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun shows an...
  • Egyptian Researcher...: Hitler Was a "Righteous Believer" According to the Old Testament

    10/21/2012 7:39:22 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 9-7-12 | Al-Rahma TV (Egypt)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian researcher Muhammad Galaa Idris, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on September 7, 2012. Muhammad Galaa Idris: They now say that the worse genocide in history was committed by Nazism and Hitler – the Holocaust. In my view, Hitler was one of the most fanatical believers in the Torah. [...] To those who believe that [the Torah] is a divine book, I say: If it is indeed a divine book, revealed by God, why do you blame Hitler for what he did to the Jews? The genocides that you talk about, which were...
  • Core sample sends carbon clock farther back in time

    10/20/2012 12:07:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 18 October 2012 | Ewen Callaway
    Sediment from Japanese lake provides more accurate timeline for dating objects as far back as 50,000 years. The carbon clock is getting reset. Climate records from a Japanese lake are set to improve the accuracy of the dating technique, which could help to shed light on archaeological mysteries such as why Neanderthals became extinct. Carbon dating is used to work out the age of organic material — in effect, any living thing. The technique hinges on carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of the element that, unlike other more stable forms of carbon, decays away at a steady rate. Organisms capture a...
  • 'Fox hole' opens passage to Neolithic past, possibly Hades

    10/20/2012 9:19:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    WBEZ 91.5 Chicago ^ | Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Cassidy Herrington
    A Field Museum curator is digging around a cave in Southern Greece that's been compared to the mythical underworld, Hades. That cave might help explain why people choose to migrate to big cities or high tail it to the suburbs. And it has a surprising Chicago tie. William Parkinson is the associate curator of Eurasian anthropology at the Field Museum. He is on a research team, called The Diros Project, made up of two Greek and two American archaeologists (both Chicago natives). They are excavating Alepotrypa Cave, which is nearly four football fields long. The researchers compare the most striking...
  • Ancient 'sauna' unearthed in Assynt

    10/20/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | unattributed
    Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of what they believe could be an Bronze Age bathing site, or a sauna. The metre-deep pit with a channel to a nearby stream was discovered at Stronechrubie, Assynt, in the north west Highlands. The find was made by the Fire and Water Project, which is run by archaeology and history group Historic Assynt. The project team had been trying to understand what a crescent shaped mound of stones had been created for. Excavations at the mound by archaeologists and volunteers unearthed the pit and channel from beneath a layer of clay. Archaeologists believe it...
  • A Weak Case for Inaction in Syria

    10/20/2012 6:34:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Commentary ^ | Friday, October 19, 2012 | Max Boot
    There is something that I don't get about opponents of greater American action in Syria, such as the freelance reporter Benjamin Hall, who was recently in Aleppo. He points out, as other observers have, that the rebels are disorganized and that various factions are often at odds with one another. They don't have a central, unified leadership... Hall recommends not arming the rebels -- although he is open to the imposition of a no-fly zone. Here's where I don't follow the logic... while the U.S. is not arming the rebels and is not imposing a no-fly zone or helping to...
  • Cat discovers 2,000-year-old Roman catacomb

    10/19/2012 9:53:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Guardian ^ | Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Tom Kington in Rome
    Rome may not exactly be short of catacombs, but one discovered this week is more deserving of the name than the city's countless other subterranean burial chambers. For Mirko Curti stumbled into a 2,000-year-old tomb piled with bones while chasing a wayward moggy yards from his apartment building. Curti and a friend were following the cat at 10pm on Tuesday when it scampered towards a low tufa rock cliff close to his home near Via di Pietralata in a residential area of the city... Inside the small opening in the cliff the two men found themselves surrounded by niches dug...
  • Tomb raiders lead to new archaeological find

    10/19/2012 9:47:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Gazzetta del Sud On Line ^ | Friday, October 19, 2012 | ANSA
    Investigations into the activities of four tomb raiders in the Alban hills near Rome have led to the discovery of a previously unknown site containing ancient Roman votive offerings. The ex-votos date from the fourth to the second century BC and include life-sized statues and depictions of parts of the human anatomy in terracotta offered to the ancient Roman goddess Juno. Police caught the tomb robbers in action as they were stealing the devotional objects from a natural cavity in a tufa wall near Lanuvio and Genzano that did not appear on archaeological maps of the area. The cavity appears...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Roman Mosaic in Downtown Sofia

    10/19/2012 9:17:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Novinite ^ | Monday, October 15, 2012 | Live News
    Archaeologists have discovered colorful floor mosaic from the Roman era near the so-called West Gate of Serdica in downtown Sofia. The news was announced Monday by the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, who visited the archaeological excavations in the company of her Deputy in charge of Culture, Todor Chobanov. The mosaic has an area of 40 square meters and is located in the ruins of a Roman building discovered for the first time between 1975 and 1980 when archaeologists began exploring the site. The works were later abandoned and remained unfinished. Serdica's West Wall followed the current "Washington" and "Lavelle"...
  • Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada

    10/19/2012 6:11:45 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 82 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | October 19, 2012 | Heather Pringle
    For the past 50 years—since the discovery of a thousand-year-old Viking way station in Newfoundland—archaeologists and amateur historians have combed North America's east coast searching for traces of Viking visitors. It has been a long, fruitless quest, littered with bizarre claims and embarrassing failures. But at a conference in Canada earlier this month, archaeologist Patricia Sutherland announced new evidence that points strongly to the discovery of the second Viking outpost ever discovered in the Americas.
  • "I Saw John Wilkes Booth Shoot Abraham Lincoln (April 14, 1965)" - 1956 I've Got A Secret on YouTube

    10/18/2012 7:39:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 204 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 9, 1956 | I've Got A Secret
    Lincoln Assassination Eyewitness appears on television's "I've Got a Secret" on February 9, 1956. On a 1956 game show, a man appeared who had been present at Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865. (Note: Link over to the YouTube site provided to watch this amazing historical video.)
  • Islamic Salafists Destroy Ancient Morocco Carvings: NGO (Carvings Date Back 8,000 Years)

    10/18/2012 8:17:56 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | October 18, 2012 | AFP
    Salafists destroy ancient Morocco carvings: NGO RABAT — Stone carvings in Morocco's High Atlas mountains dating back more than 8,000 years and depicting the sun as a pagan divinity have been destroyed by Salafists, a local rights group said on Wednesday. "These stone carvings of the sun are more than 8,000 years old. They were destroyed several days ago," Aboubakr Anghir, a member of the Amazigh (Berber) League for Human Rights, told AFP. "One of the carvings, called 'the plaque of the sun,' predates the arrival of the Phoenicians in Morocco," Anghir said. "It lies in a well-known archaeological site...
  • Cops: Man Says Bigfoot Behind Winnebago Attack

    10/19/2012 4:09:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 19, 2012
    Amazingly, "victim" happens to head sasquatch hunters group OCTOBER 19--A Pennsylvania man today told police that a Bigfoot attacked his 1973 Winnebago motor home, smashing out windows and taillights with a fusillade of rocks.