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  • Giant prehistoric lizards co-existed with humans

    10/03/2015 7:44:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies ^ | October 01, 2015 | Walt Bonner
    While the concept of men battling 16–foot prehistoric lizards sounds like something out of a 50’s sci-fi flick, a new discovery in Australia has revealed that such encounters may have occurred. According to a study appearing in Quaternary Science Reviews, researchers from the University of Queensland have found a tiny fossil that belonged to a giant lizard bone 50,000 years ago, indicating that gigantic reptiles and humans once co–existed.
  • Scientists find evidence of prehistoric massacre in Europe

    08/18/2015 6:16:15 AM PDT · by ETL · 61 replies
    AP, via Yahoo News ^ | Aug 17, 2015 | FRANK JORDANS
    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have found rare evidence of a prehistoric massacre in Europe after discovering a 7,000-year-old mass grave with skeletal remains from some of the continent's first farmers bearing terrible wounds. Archaeologists who painstakingly examined the bones of some 26 men, women and children buried in the Stone Age grave site at Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten, near Frankfurt, say they found blunt force marks to the head, arrow wounds and deliberate efforts to smash at least half of the victims' shins — either to stop them from running away or as a grim message to survivors. [snip] "What is...
  • Potential Origins of Europeans Found

    11/11/2005 1:09:32 AM PST · by AlaskaErik · 109 replies · 3,276+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 10, 2005 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    A study of DNA from ancient farmers in Europe shows sharp differences from that of modern Europeans — results that are likely to add fuel to the debate over European origins. Researchers led by Wolfgang Haak of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, argue that their finding supports the belief that modern residents of central Europe descended from Stone Age hunter-gatherers who were present 40,000 years ago, and not the early farmers who arrived thousands of years later. But other anthropologists questioned that conclusion, arguing that the available information isn't sufficient to support it. Haak's team used DNA from 24...
  • Woolly Mammoths Are Coming Back, Say Cloning Scientists

    03/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 80 replies
    DVICE ^ | March 14, 2014 | Michael Trei
    Woolly mammoths are coming back, say cloning scientists In what sounds like it could be the plot for the next Jurassic Park movie, a team of scientists in Siberia says there's a 'high chance' that they will be able to clone a woolly mammoth. The breakthrough comes as a result of last year's discovery of an incredibly well-preserved mammoth carcass, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia's Malolyakhovskiy island. The scientists estimate that the animal is about 43,000 years old, and was 50-60 years old when it died in distress after getting stuck in the ice. In the ten months since...
  • Sea Monster' Carcass Found On New Zealand Beach [VIDEO]

    06/07/2013 3:02:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies | May 7, 2013 | James A Foley
    Beachgoers in New Zealand got a grim look at a toothy, emaciated carcass that washed ashore recently, prompting speculation that the rotting remains belonged to some sort of mysterious sea monster or pre-historic creature. Beachgoers in New Zealand got a grim look at a toothy, emaciated carcass that washed ashore recently, prompting speculation that the rotting remains belonged to some sort of mysterious sea monster or pre-historic creature. The creature was found by a group driving along the beach in four-wheeled vehicles along the Bay of Plenty near Pukehina, about 250 km (155 miles) southeast of the capital Auckland, Discovery...
  • World’s Earliest Figurative Sculpture - Ice Age Lion Man (40,000 Year-Old Mammoth Ivory Statue)

    02/08/2013 8:19:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Art Newspaper ^ | Saturday 9 Feb 2013 | The Art Newspaper
    Ice Age Lion Man is world’s earliest figurative sculpture • Work carved from mammoth ivory has been redated and 1,000 new fragments discovered—but it won’t make it to British Museum show The star exhibit initially promised for the British Museum’s “Ice Age Art” show will not be coming—but for a good reason. New pieces of Ulm’s Lion Man sculpture have been discovered and it has been found to be much older than originally thought, at around 40,000 years. This makes it the world’s earliest figurative sculpture. At the London exhibition, which opens on 7 February, a replica from the Ulm...
  • Europe's Oldest Prehistoric Town Unearthed in Bulgaria

    11/01/2012 9:42:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | Nov 01,2012 | Staff
    Archaeologists in Bulgaria say they have uncovered the oldest prehistoric town found to date in Europe. The walled fortified settlement, near the modern town of Provadia, is thought to have been an important centre for salt production. Its discovery in north-east Bulgaria may explain the huge gold hoard found nearby 40 years ago. Archaeologists believe that the town was home to some 350 people and dates back to between 4700 and 4200 BC. That is about 1,500 years before the start of ancient Greek civilisation. The residents boiled water from a local spring and used it to create salt bricks,...
  • British archaeologist finds cave paintings at 100 new African sites

    09/18/2010 2:55:15 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Sept 17, 2010 | Dalya Alberge
    Striking prehistoric rock art created up to 5,000 years ago has been discovered at almost 100 sites in Somaliland on the Gulf of Aden in eastern Africa. A local team headed by Dr Sada Mire – of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London (UCL) – made the finds which included a man on horseback, painted around 4,000 years ago – one of the earliest known depictions of a mounted hunter.
  • More prehistoric quakes on San Andreas Fault found (state very overdue for a "Big One")

    08/20/2010 7:33:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AP on ^ | 8/20/10 | AP
    Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- New research has found that more big earthquakes have hit California's San Andreas Fault in the past several centuries than previously thought. The last major jolt to the Carrizo Plain segment of the San Andreas occurred in 1857 when a magnitude-7.9 quake struck. Using radiocarbon dating, researchers from the University of California, Irvine, and Arizona State University found evidence of five other large quakes that occurred before 1857. They calculated that the interval between the last six quakes was 88 years on average.
  • Prehistoric man went to the movies, say researchers

    06/29/2010 1:22:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/10 | AFP
    VIENNA (AFP) – Prehistoric man enjoyed a primitive version of cinema, according to Austrian and British researchers, who are currently seeking to recreate these ancient visual displays. Rock engravings from the Copper Age found all over Europe in remote, hidden locations, indicate the artwork was more than mere images, researchers from Cambridge University and Sankt Poelten's university of applied sciences (FH) in Austria believe. "The cliff engravings... in our opinion are not just pictures but are part of an audiovisual performance," Frederick Baker of Cambridge University's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology said in a statement Tuesday. "There was still no...
  • Stonehenge Builders' Village Found

    06/15/2010 2:16:33 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 19 replies · 526+ views
    National Geographic ^ | June 15 2010 | National Geographic
    A prehistoric village has been discovered in southern England that was likely home to the builders of Stonehenge, archaeologists announced on January 30, 2007 (read the full story). The village, located 1.75 miles (2.8 kilometers) from the famous stone circle, includes eight wooden houses dated back to around 2500 B.C. The remains of a cluster of homes include the outlines of floors, beds, and cupboards. Tools, jewelry, pottery, and human and animal bones were also found. The excavated houses formed part of a much bigger settlement dating back to the Late Stone Age, according to project leader Mike Parker Pearson...
  • Numerous evidence of Pre-Historic Nuclear War exists

    10/06/2009 7:13:37 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 114 replies · 4,835+ views ^ | Tuesday 6. Oct 2009 | Brad Steiger
    Numerous evidence of Pre-Historic Nuclear War exists: Columns of Smoke Rose as if from a Mighty Furnaceby Brad Steiger Ancient Indian Epics, especially the Mahabharata, document apparent pre-historic nuclear devastation and destruction, that is being verified by diverse scholars.“Then the Lord rained down fire and tar from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah, and utterly destroyed them….” Genesis 19:24. My previous article in The Canadian , in which I reflected upon my book Worlds Before Our Own, provoked dozens of inquiries from readers. LINK Some stated that one of the cable channels -- some thought it was the History Channel; others,...
  • Ancient ale: Prehistoric yeast takes beer drinkers back millions of year

    09/25/2009 12:49:00 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 28 replies · 1,367+ views ^ | Sep 24, 2009‎ | Suzanne Bohan
    Ancient ale Prehistoric yeast takes beer drinkers back millions of yearsBy Suzanne Bohan Contra Costa Times Sep 24, 2009‎ GUERNEVILLE, Calif. - Inside a stainless-steel tank at a brew pub here overlooking the redwood-rimmed Russian River, a 45-million-year-old yeast proves its mettle. And the remarkably resilient prehistoric microbe hasn't just garnered a devoted pack of Fossil Fuels Beer fans, it's also providing palpable proof of the tenacity of life on this planet. When the Australian-born owner of Stumptown Brewery, Peter Hackett, first learned of the ancient yeast, he doubted this long-extinct strain would ferment anything drinkable. It took the urging...
  • Study of fossils shows prehistoric fish had sex

    02/25/2009 1:55:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 3,307+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/09 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand – The fossilized remains of two pregnant fish indicate that sex as we know it — fertilization of eggs inside a female — took place as much as 30 million years earlier than previously thought, researchers said Thursday. Scientists from Australia and Britain studying 380 million-year-old fossils of the armored placoderm fish, or Incisoscutum richiei, said they were initially confused when they realized that the two fish were carrying embryos. They originally thought the fish laid their eggs before fertilization. "Once we found embryos in this group, we knew they had internal fertilization. But how the hell are...
  • Prehistoric bronze hoard found off Greek beach (largest of its kind ever found in Greece)

    12/11/2008 9:45:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 5,569+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/11/08 | AP
    ATHENS, Greece – Authorities say a hoard of 4,500-year-old copper weapons recovered off a northern beach is the largest of its kind ever found in Greece. A Culture Ministry statement says the discovery includes at least 110 ax and hammer heads, but several more should be extracted from compacted masses of corroded metal. The ministry says they were probably buried at a time of unrest or war. The hoard would have represented a fortune at the time.
  • Rare, prehistoric-age reptile found nesting in NZ

    11/01/2008 2:03:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,201+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/08 | Ral Lilley - ap
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found nesting on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in about 200 years, officials said Friday. Four leathery, white eggs from an indigenous tuatara were found by staff at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in the capital, Wellington, during routine maintenance work Friday, conservation manager Rouen Epson said. "The nest was uncovered by accident and is the first concrete proof we have that our tuatara are breeding," Epson said. "It suggests that there may be other nests in the sanctuary we don't...
  • Prehistoric Settlement Found In Qatar (700,000 YO)

    06/23/2008 1:38:41 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 149+ views
    The Peninsular ^ | 6-23-2008
    Prehistoric settlement found in Qatar 6/23/2008 2:25:18 DOHA • A prehistoric settlement in what is now Qatar may confirm alternative theories on how early humans emigrated from the African continent, a report in a Danish newspaper said. Danish archaeologists have uncovered a settlement they believe may be over 700,000 years old, making it the oldest organised human community ever found, reported Berlingske Tidende newspaper. Eight dwellings in the desert region of Qatar indicate that an early human species crossed what is now the Red Sea to leave their origins in Africa, according to the scientists. There is still uncertainty within...
  • Prehistoric Cave Uncovered In Western Galilee

    05/22/2008 1:57:45 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 156+ views
    MFA ^ | 5-22-2008
    Prehistoric cave uncovered in Western Galilee 22 May 2008 A stalactite cave containing prehistoric remains was exposed in the Western Galilee. Among the artifacts found are flint implements and the bones of animals that have long since become extinct from ‎the country’s landscape The stalactite cave uncovered in Western Galilee (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority) (Communicated by the Israel Antiquities Authority Spokesman) While carrying out development work connected with the construction of a sewage line in a forest of the Jewish National Fund, a large stalactite cave was accidentally breached inside of which an abundance of prehistoric artifacts were discovered. Immediately...
  • Primitive Mouse-Like Creature May Be Ancestral Mother Of Australia's Unusual Pouched Mammals

    03/26/2008 1:49:15 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 431+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-26-2008 | University of New South Wales.
    Primitive Mouse-Like Creature May Be Ancestral Mother Of Australia's Unusual Pouched MammalsThe Monito del Monte (Dromiciops gliroides) (Credit: Image courtesy of University of New South Wales) ScienceDaily (Mar. 26, 2008) — They are separated by a vast ocean and by millions of years, but tiny prehistoric bones found on an Australian farm have been directly linked to a strange and secretive little animal that lives today in the southern rainforests of South America. The fossilised ankle and ear bones are those of Australia's earliest known marsupial, Djarthia, a primitive mouse-like creature that lived 55 million years ago. It is a...
  • Discovery Of Vast Prehistoric Works Built By Giants?

    02/28/2008 4:25:52 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 6,429+ views
    Raider News Network ^ | 2-24-2008 | David E. Flynn
    Discovery of vast prehistoric works built by Giants?The Geoglyphs of Teohuanaco Posted: February 24, 2008 1:00 am EasternBy David E. Flynn© 2008 RaidersNewsNetwork The size and scope of David Flynn's Teohuanaco discovery simply surpasses comprehension. Mammoth traces of intelligence carved in stone and covering hundreds of square miles. For those who understand what they are seeing here for the first time, this could indeed be the strongest evidence ever found of prehistoric engineering by those who were known and feared throughout the ancient world as gods. ~ Thomas Horn This satellite image (above) is a portion of the Andean foothills...
  • Ancient Burials Reveal Foreign Links In Prehistoric Scotland

    02/20/2008 7:43:25 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 74+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 2-19-2008 | Richard Moss
    ANCIENT BURIALS REVEAL FOREIGN LINKS IN PREHISTORIC SCOTLAND By Richard Moss 19/02/2008 Site plan, showing in red the features excavated in 2005. © AOC Archaeology Group Recent analysis of 4,000-year-old pots recovered during an excavation of two graves at Upper Largie, near Kilmartin in Argyll and Bute, has provided exciting evidence linking prehistoric Scotland with the Netherlands. Analysis of the pots by Alison Sheridan, of National Museums Scotland, has revealed early international-style Beakers of the type found around the lower Rhine, which is the modern-day Netherlands and a strange hybrid of styles that suggest Irish and Yorkshire influences. “These finds...
  • Giant prehistoric Frog Hints At Ancient Land Link

    02/18/2008 4:36:49 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 628+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2-18-2008 | Rowan Hooper
    Giant prehistoric frog hints at ancient land link 22:00 18 February 2008 news service Rowan Hooper An artist's impression of Beelzebufo shows it facing a modern-day Mantidactylus guttulatus, the largest living Malagasy frog (Image: Luci Betti-Nash) The discovery of a giant frog fossil has opened a rift among researchers over when an ancient land bridge closed. Discovery of the fossil in Madagascar supports the controversial view that South America and Madagascar were linked until 80 million years ago - far more recently than previously thought. The frog, dubbed Beelzebufo, resembles the family of horned toads that are now unique...
  • Church's Pre-Historic Past Unearthed

    02/14/2008 3:54:38 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 195+ views
    Journal Live ^ | 2-14-2008 | Tony Henderson
    Church's pre-historic past unearthed Feb 14 2008 By Tony Henderson Work on a town’s church has revealed that the site may have been used for ritual and worship for thousands of years. Major refurbishment work on the Grade I-listed St Michael and All Angels church in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, began last month and has involved digging up the floor to install a new heating system. The church, dating back to Norman times, is the oldest building in the town. A carved stone above a tiny doorway, featuring a carving of mysterious intertwined animals known as the Houghton Beasts, may...
  • Reindeer: It's What Was For Dinner

    12/22/2007 10:07:24 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 214+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 12-20-2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    Reindeer: It's What Was For Dinner Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsOnce a Staple Dec. 20, 2007 -- Reindeer meat went from being an occasional treat to everyday fare among prehistoric cavemen who lived in Southwest France and what is now the Czech Republic, two new studies suggest. In fact, so many nibbled-on reindeer bones were present in their caves that possible calendars circa 26,000 years ago might have been carved on the leftover bones. They may have also been used as counting devices or for ornamentation. The first study, authored by J. Tyler Faith, analyzed bones found in limestone cave and...
  • Ancient Toolkit Gives Glimpse Of Prehistoric Life

    12/14/2007 10:36:28 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 70+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 12-13-2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    Ancient Toolkit Gives Glimpse of Prehistoric Life Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Toolkit Contents Dec. 13, 2007 -- Before the end of the last ice age, a hunter-gatherer left a bag of tools near the wall of a roundhouse residence, where archaeologists have now found the collection 14,000 years later. The tool set -- one of the most complete and well preserved of its kind -- provides an intriguing glimpse of the daily life of a prehistoric hunter-gatherer. The contents, as described to Discovery News by Phillip Edwards, a senior lecturer in the Archaeology Program at Melbourne's La Trobe University, show...
  • Prehistoric Find Located Beneath The Waves (Switzerland)

    09/11/2007 8:20:43 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 840+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | 9-10-2007
    September 10, 2007 - 12:35 PMPrehistoric find located beneath the waves Archaeologists have discovered traces of Switzerland’s oldest known building, but it will never draw tourists: it lies underwater in the middle of a lake. Since it was made of wood scientists used dendrochronology – the technique of dating by tree rings – to give a precise figure of 3863 BC. The find in Lake Biel, northwest of the Swiss capital, Bern, was described as “sensational” by Albert Hafner, who is in charge of underwater archaeology in the region. Divers working for the cantonal archaeological service came upon the site...
  • Did Prehistoric Man Come From Haifa

    09/06/2007 2:26:33 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 488+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 9-6-2007
    Did prehistoric man come from Haifa?Last update - 23:34 06/09/2007 By Fadi Eyadat The audience, the stage and the set are ready. Only the guest of honor is missing - "and everyone is waiting for him," says Prof. Mina Evron, a researcher in the Archaeology Department of the University of Haifa and the codirector of excavations at Misliya Cave, southwest of Mt. Carmel. The 'guest' that she and a team of researchers are seeking in the cave area is a skeleton that could represent early humans. "We have found everything here: large quantities of the tools they used, hand-held stone...
  • Perthshire Rock Art Sheds Light On Scotland's Prehistoric Past

    08/05/2007 4:00:40 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 737+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 8-3-2007 | Graham Spicer
    PERTHSHIRE ROCK ART SHEDS LIGHT ON SCOTLAND'S PREHISTORIC PAST By Graham Spicer 03/08/2007 Archaeologists have discovered a large group of ancient rock art in Perthshire, which they hope will shed more light on the area’s prehistoric inhabitants. A team working on National Trust for Scotland (NTS) land as part of the Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project found the previously undiscovered ‘cup-and-ring’ style markings on a hillside overlooking Loch Tay and Kenmore. The carvings could date back to Neolithic times and be up to 5,000 years old. Cup-and-ring rock art features abstract symbols of circles and cups, chipped out of the...
  • Ancient "Royal Temple" Discovered in Path of Ireland Highway

    05/16/2007 12:53:52 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 1,422+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 5-15-2007 | James Owen
    Ancient "Royal Temple" Discovered in Path of Ireland Highway James Owen for National Geographic NewsMay 15, 2007 The discovery of a major prehistoric site where experts believe an open-air royal temple once stood has stalled construction of a controversial four-lane highway in Ireland. A large circular enclosure estimated to be at least 2,000 years old was exposed at Lismullin in County Meath, by road-builders working on a 37-mile-long (60-kilometer-long) road northwest of Dublin. The find is located just 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) from the Hill of Tara, once the seat of power of Ireland's Celtic kings, and likely represents a...
  • Archaeologists Find 3 Prehistoric Bodies In SE Mexico (Tulum - 10-14.5k YO)

    04/11/2007 3:40:41 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 1,114+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 4-11-2007 | China View
    Archaeologists find 3 prehistoric bodies in SE Mexico 2007-04-11 11:39:34 MEXICO CITY, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Mexican archaeologists found remains of two women and a man that can be traced to more than 10,000 years ago in the Mayan area of Tulum, Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute said in a statement on Tuesday. The remains were being examined by laboratories in Britain, the United States and Mexico, all of which had said the remains were people between 10,000 and 14,500 years ago, said Carmen Rojas, an archaeologist quoted in the statement. "This makes southeastern Mexico one of the...
  • Cavemen Chose Caves On Five Criteria

    04/09/2007 2:16:57 PM PDT · by blam · 83 replies · 2,666+ views
    Discovery ^ | 4-9-2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    Cavemen Chose Caves on Five Criteria Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsLocation, Location, LocationCave With A View April 9, 2007 — House buyers today usually peruse properties with a checklist of desired features in mind. This aspect of human behavior has apparently not changed much over the millennia, according to a new study that found prehistoric cave dwellers in Britain did exactly the same thing when choosing their homes. The recently released three-year-long survey of approximately 230 caves in the Yorkshire Dales and 190 caves in the northern England Peak District determined that people there from 4,000 to 2,000 B.C. selected caves...
  • Prehistoric Women: Not So Simple, Not So Strange

    03/31/2007 11:03:47 AM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 636+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-28-2007 | Germaine Greer
    Prehistoric women: Not so simple, not so strange 18:00 28 March 2007 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition. Germaine Greer Prehistoric women: Not so simple, not so strange This is a review of The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the true roles of women in prehistory by J. Adovasio, Olga Soffer & Jake Page, Collins, $27/£13.72, ISBN 9780061170911 Jim Adovasio is the leading expert in the perishable artefacts of the Palaeolithic – baskets, cordage, woven fabric – all associated, if somewhat arbitrarily, with women. To correct the astigmatism that has hitherto seen prehistory as the story of early man, Adovasio – director...
  • Prehistoric Hurricane Activity Uncovered

    03/20/2007 4:17:55 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 494+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-20-2007 | LSU
    Source: Louisiana State University Date: March 20, 2007 Prehistoric Hurricane Activity Uncovered Science Daily ? Hurricanes Katrina and Rita focused the international spotlight on the vulnerability of the U.S. coastline. Fears that a "super-hurricane" could make a direct hit on a major city and cause even more staggering losses of life, land and economy triggered an outpouring of studies directed at every facet of this ferocious weather phenomenon. Now, an LSU professor takes us one step closer to predicting the future by drilling holes into the past. Kam-biu Liu, George William Barineau III Professor in LSU's Department of Oceanography and...
  • Experts Reveal 'Ancient Massacre' (UK - 3590BC)

    03/12/2007 11:15:11 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,199+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-12-2007
    Experts reveal 'ancient massacre' The Neolithic bones were discovered at Wayland's Smithy Bones found at a prehistoric burial site indicate they belonged to victims of an ancient massacre, say scientists. Remains of 14 people were discovered at Wayland's Smithy, near Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire, in the 1960s. Latest techniques date the bones at between 3590 BC and 3560 BC, and have led experts to believe the people may have died in a Neolithic Age massacre. English Heritage carried out the work with the help of Cardiff University and the University of Central Lancashire. Flint arrowhead Michael Wysocki of the University...
  • Prehistoric Origins Of Stomach Ulcers Uncovered

    02/08/2007 3:53:13 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 837+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-8-2007 | BBSRC
    Source: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Date: February 8, 2007 Prehistoric Origins Of Stomach Ulcers Uncovered Science Daily — An international team of scientists has discovered that the ubiquitous bacteria that causes most painful stomach ulcers has been present in the human digestive system since modern man migrated from Africa over 60,000 years ago. The research, published online (7 February) by the journal Nature, not only furthers our understanding of a disease causing bacteria but also offers a new way to study the migration and diversification of early humans. A cell of H.pylori, a bacterial pathogen of the human...
  • Site Yields Up Clues To The Ancient Past

    01/20/2007 3:49:59 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 424+ views
    EDP24 ^ | 1-19-2007 | Nick Heath
    Site yields up clues to the ancient past NICK HEATH 19 January 2007 08:30 Curator Nigel Larkin with a mammoth’s tooth and, inset, a bone discovered at the site outside Saham Toney. A prehistoric treasure trove spanning more than 100,000 years of Norfolk's past has been unearthed. Travel just millimetres down through the layers of chocolate brown and olive green earth at the site outside Saham Toney, near Watton, and you are crossing millennia. Digger driver Ralph Fickling made the first discovery last October - a leg bone the size of a small tree trunk protruding from a shelf of...
  • Unique Rock Paintings Reveal Traces Of Prehistoric Human Settlement In Anatolia

    01/18/2007 1:56:25 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 721+ views
    Unique rock paintings reveal traces of prehistoric human settlement in Anatolia Thursday, January 18, 2007 ANKARA – Turkish Daily News On the shores of Lake Bafa in southwest Turkey, prehistoric rock paintings found on Mt. Latmos in the Five Fingers Mountains have been classified as unique anthropological works because of their use of language and social themes. Archaeologist Annelise Peschlow has been conducting a survey of the area, the ancient city of Miletusare, since 1974 as part of the Latmos Project to find early traces of human settlements in the area. The city's evolution extended from prehistoric times to the...
  • Bering land bridge theory disputed

    01/15/2007 7:49:20 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 104 replies · 3,218+ views
    Express-News ^ | 12 Jan 2007 | Melissa Ludwig
    University of Texas at Austin researcher says the first Americans arrived earlier than previo Schoolchildren can recite the story of the first Americans. About 12,000 years ago, prehistoric humans walked out of Siberia, trekked across the Bering land bridge and down an ice-free corridor into inner North America, where they hunted Ice Age elephants and peopled the new world. But mounting evidence is slowly turning that story to fiction, said Michael Collins, an archaeologist with the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. For more than 20 years, Collins and other scientists have been digging up...
  • Threatened Prehistoric Paradise Reveals Its Secrets

    12/19/2006 9:39:38 AM PST · by pcottraux · 1 replies · 232+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 12/18/2006
    WWF hails discovery of 52 new species in Borneo - Deforestation hits island that fascinated Darwin It is perhaps the closest place on the planet to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World - the mythical prehistoric paradise of the Sherlock Holmes creator's 1912 book. But the Heart of Borneo, as it has been christened by conservation agencies trying to save it from destruction, is finally beginning to yield its secrets. A mission by WWF scientists to the south-east Asian island found 52 species previously unknown to science, including three types of tree, two tree frogs and a tiny fish less...
  • The Real Prehistoric Religion Of Malta

    11/18/2006 10:39:32 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 731+ views
    The Malta Independent ^ | 11-17-2006 | Noel Grima
    The real prehistoric religion of Malta by NOEL GRIMA Forget the goddess theory, which you hear every tourist guide trying to explain the huge statues at the National Museum of Archaeology or while touring Hagar Qim. That may not have been the original religion of Malta. This was the startling starting point in a lecture “Ritual, Space and Structure in Prehistoric Malta and Gozo: New Observations on Old Matters”, given by Dr Caroline Malone, co-director, Xaghra Stone Circle excavation during the recent Heritage Malta international conference held at the Grand Hotel in Gozo. Dr Malone is senior tutor at Hughes...
  • Prehistoric puzzles - A sculptor pieces together ancient fossils

    09/15/2006 7:39:44 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 3 replies · 389+ views
    The Scientist ^ | September 15, 2006 | Laura Buchholz
    Think you've seen all there is to see of the dinosaurs? Not so fast: a new statistical study by Drs. Steven C. Wang and Peter Dodson of Swarthmore College has revealed that 71% of dinosaur genera on earth still remain to be discovered. That's good news for paleontologists and amateur dinosaur enthusiasts. But it's also good news for Richard Webber, a New York sculptor who has carved out a professional niche reconstructing fossilized remains. Webber worked on the renovation of the American Museum of Natural History's fossil hall in the mid-90s, where he built the Indricotherium, the world's largest land...
  • Prehistoric Tools, Weapons Discovered In Peruvian Andes

    08/21/2006 5:16:01 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 1,293+ views
    Prehistoric tools, weapons discovered in Peruvian Andes AFP August 20, 2006 LIMA -- A team of Peruvian and US archaeologists have discovered prehistoric stone tools and weapons some 10,000 years old in an Andean town, the National Institute of Culture announced Friday. Stone axes, spearheads, and weapons were found in the main square of San Pedro de Chavin de Huantar, an Andean town some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Lima, officials said. "This discovery represents exceptional evidence of the presence of inhabitants in the Pleistocene era," the Institute said in a statement. The Pleistocene went from about 1.6 million...
  • Evidence of pre-Aboriginal Australians?

    08/01/2006 12:39:42 PM PDT · by chichilarue · 11 replies · 313+ views
    The Times Online ^ | July 26, 2006
    The suggestion that the artists who painted the Bradshaws were not the ancestors of the current aboriginal owners of the land has sparked consternation among the latter...Many aboriginal people also dislike the pictures, some referring to them as “rubbish art”, and for generations many have made efforts to paint over them or to obliterate them... This is a treasure of which Australia should be very proud, yet when I went there this year I found people surprisingly reluctant to talk about it, almost as though they were ashamed. This may be understandable coming from the aborigines, who may be concerned...
  • 30,000-Year-Old Relics Reveal Pre-Historic Civilization Along Qinghai-Tibet Railway

    06/24/2006 2:47:34 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 833+ views
    30,000-year-old Relics Reveal Pre-historic Civilization along Qinghai-Tibet Railway 2006-06-24 13:59:42 Xinhua Chinese archaeologists claim that relics unearthed in the areas along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway proved that human beings lived there at least 30,000 years ago. Archaeologists with the Qinghai Provincial Archaeological Institute said they collected large number of chipped stone tools including knives and pointed implements dating back 30,000 years in the Tuotuo River valley, Hoh Xil, a habitat for Tibetan antelopes, and Qaidam Basin, where the railway runs through, during recent excavations. More than 30 stone implements were also discovered at the site of Sancha River bridge on the...
  • Fossil "Pompeii" of Prehistoric Animals Named U.S. Landmark

    05/16/2006 1:19:43 PM PDT · by texas_mrs · 18 replies · 1,110+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 5/12/2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    The U.S. Department of Interior has designated Nebraska's Ashfall Fossil Beds as a national natural landmark, the first such landmark to be designated in almost two decades. The site, near the town of Neligh (see Nebraska map), is home to hundreds of skeletons of extinct rhinos, camels, three-toed horses, and other vertebrates that were killed and buried by ash from a huge volcanic eruption some 12 million years ago. It is the only place on Earth where large numbers of fossil mammals have been found as whole, three-dimensionally preserved skeletons. "Ashfall has tremendous value for science and education and great...
  • Prehistoric Milling Site Found In California (8,000-Years-Old)

    03/03/2006 4:25:44 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 739+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-3-2006
    Prehistoric Milling Site Found in Calif. Fri Mar 3, 6:24 AM ET AZUSA, Calif. - Archaeologists excavating a housing development site found a prehistoric milling area estimated to be 8,000 years old, officials said. Large arrowheads, hearths and stone slabs used to grind seeds and acorns were among the items found at the site at the base of the Angeles National Forest, according to archeologists from Cogstone Resource Management Inc. No human or animal bones were discovered, the company said. The consulting firm was hired by Azusa Land Partners, which is developing 1,250 homes on the 520-acre site. Workers removed...
  • Prehistoric (Farming) Settlements Found In Greece

    11/29/2005 2:50:30 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 424+ views ^ | 11-28-2005
    Prehistoric settlements found in Greece November 28, 2005 ATHENS, Greece --Archaeologists in northern Greece have uncovered traces of two prehistoric farming settlements dating back as early as 6,000 B.C., the Culture Ministry said Monday. Alerts The first site, located on a plot earmarked for coal mining by Greece's Public Power Corporation, yielded five human burials, as well as artifacts including clay figurines of humans and animals, sealstones, pottery and stone tools. The ministry said the one-acre site near Ptolemaida, some 330 miles northwest of Athens, had been inhabited for a short period during the early Neolithic era -- between 6000...
  • First Samples Of Prehistoric Flint Stones Discovered In Iran

    11/27/2005 2:55:59 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 835+ views
    Payvand ^ | 11-27-2005
    11/27/05 First Samples of Prehistoric Flint Stones Discovered in Iran The first samples of flint stones in Iran belonging to 9000 years ago have been identified in Yeri City historical site. Tehran, 27 November 2005 (CHN) -- The third season of archaeological excavations in the historical site of Yeri City in Ardabil province resulted in the discovery of 9000-year-old flint stones. It is the first time that traces of flint stones from pre-historic periods of Iran have been discovered. During the Neolithic epoch, due to the increase of temperature, environmental circumstances provided human beings with greater food resources. Within this...
  • Recent Landslides In La Conchita, California Belong To Much Larger Prehistoric Slide

    10/31/2005 4:20:42 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 883+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-31-2005 | UCSB
    Recent Landslides In La Conchita, California Belong To Much Larger Prehistoric Slide The deadly landslide that killed 10 people and destroyed approximately 30 homes in La Conchita, California last January is but a tiny part of a much larger slide, called the Rincon Mountain slide, discovered by Larry D. Gurrola, geologist and graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The slide started many thousands of years ago and will continue generating slides in the future, reported Gurrola at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America today in Salt Lake City. Mudslides at La Conchita. (Image courtesy...
  • 'Ancient' boat expedition hits trouble

    09/09/2005 8:28:22 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 25 replies · 1,179+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 8, 2005 - 5:25PM | SMH
    A bid by an Australian archaeologist and other sailors to recreate an ancient voyage in a traditional reed boat has struck trouble in the Arabian Sea. Nautical archaeologist Dr Tom Vosmer and seven other sailors had set off from Oman for a two-week voyage in the Magan, a 12-metre-long sailing boat made of reeds, rope and wood, but capsized within hours. "Water leaked into the Magan causing it to capsize, but a support ship from the Omani royal navy accompanying the boat intervened and rescued the sailors," a source from Oman's culture and national heritage ministry which organised the trip...