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Mar. 4, 2019 — Megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived, is known only from its gigantic bladelike teeth. But these teeth took millions of years to evolve into their final, iconic ... read more

Feb. 28, 2019 — The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs - a trait known as bipedalism. Among mammals, only humans and our ancestors perform this ... read more

Feb. 28, 2019 — Archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artifact in western North America. The tool was made around 2,000 years ago by the Ancestral Pueblo people of the Basketmaker II period in what is ... read more

Feb. 27, 2019 — High-tech radar and laser scans have uncovered a hidden military traverse underneath the infamous Alcatraz ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Research has revealed the ancient Cambodian city of Angkor underwent a gradual decline in occupation rather than an abrupt ... read more

Climate Change Contributed to Fall of Cahokia

Feb. 25, 2019 — A new study shows climate change may have contributed to the decline of Cahokia, a famed prehistoric city near present-day St. Louis. And it involves ancient human ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Neanderthals are often depicted as having straight spines and poor posture. However, these prehistoric humans were more similar to us than many assume. Researchers have shown that Neanderthals walked ... read more

Feb. 21, 2019 — Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives are the ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new study provides direct evidence for the hunting of tree-dwelling monkeys and other small mammals by Homo sapiens 45,000 years ago in the rainforest of Sri ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — Long before Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and even MySpace, early Mississippian Mound cultures in America's southern Appalachian Mountains shared artistic trends and technologies across regional ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — Researchers describe two late Neanderthals with exceptionally high nitrogen isotope ratios, which would traditionally be interpreted as the signature of freshwater fish consumption. By studying the ... read more

Biodiversity on Land Is Not Higher Today Than in the Past, Study Shows

Feb. 18, 2019 — The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the ... read more

Indigenous Hunters Have Positive Impacts on Food Webs in Desert Australia

Feb. 17, 2019 — Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set fires, and a general ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era), coming from Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula started a ceremonial activity ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — This work started 10 years ago, when the first dates using the OSL method were obtained. It is then that the first traces of footprints left by vertebrates were found. In subsequent years the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2019 — About 800 years ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea. There are no written records saying where the ship was going or where it came from -- the only clues are the mostly-disintegrated structure of the ... read more

New Technique Pinpoints Milestones in the Evolution of Bacteria

Feb. 7, 2019 — Scientists have devised a reliable way to determine when certain groups of bacteria appeared in the evolutionary record. The technique could be used to identify when significant changes occurred in ... read more

Prehistoric Food Globalization Spanned Three Millennia

Feb. 6, 2019 — Prehistoric peasant farmers struggling to put more food on the table fueled the global spread of some of the world's first and most important domesticated grain crops beginning as early as 7,000 ... read more

A Taste for Fat May Have Made Us Human

Feb. 5, 2019 — A new article argues that early human ancestors acquired a taste for fat long before they began hunting for meat by scavenging marrow from the skeletal remains of large ... read more

Medieval Inks for Heritage Conservation

Feb. 5, 2019 — Researchers have replicated five medieval inks using 15th and 16th century ... read more

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