Researchers have found evidence that suggests the Toba volcanic eruption on Sumatra about 74000 years ago did not create a long volcanic winter effect in East Africa, neither did it cause a significant drop of human population at that time.
A team of researchers has discovered possibly the world’s oldest known cases of breast cancer and multiple bone marrow cancer (myeloma) through computed tomography (CT scans of two mummies from Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan, Egypt.
Archaeologists unearthed more than 1000 metal seals depicting the local the local Graeco-Roman pantheon in the ancient city of Doliche, Gaziantep Province, South Turkey.
A treasure of silver and golden coins, rings, and other gold objects was discovered within the Abbey of Cluny, Saône-et-Loire, France.
Facial reconstructions of Homo sapiens who lived 30000 years ago in Sungir, located in Vladimir region of central Russia, have been made using virtual reality 3D animation.
In the study to identify when wild rice first began to be grown for food in South America researchers discovered that Amazonian farmers found out how to manipulate wild rice so the plants could provide more food 4000 years ago.
Scientists believe they may have identified the species of hominin from which human ancestors became infected with genital herpes (HSV2) between 3 and 1.4 million years ago.
Researchers analysing the DNA of members of Europe’s first literate Bronze Age societies of Minoans (c. 2600 to 1100 BC) and Mycenaeans (c. 1700 to 1050 BC), revealed the origins of these populations. It turned out that ancestors of both civilisations were populations from Neolithic Western Anatolia and Greece, and that Minoans had deep roots in the Aegean.
Analysis of skeletal remains from the site of Göbekli Tepe, Turkey, considered as world’s oldest temple, revealed cutting marks and holes on skulls, believed to be connected with Neolithic rituals.
International team of scientists successfully recovered and analysed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BC to 400 AD, establishing ancient Egyptian mummies as a reliable source for genetic material to study the ancient past.
Scientists discovered the debris of missing World War II-era B-25 bomber planes in Madang Harbor off the coast of Papua New Guinea. One of the planes was known and being documented when the discovery of the previously unknown second aircraft occurred.
Comprehensive study of the bones of Homo floresiensis (dubbed “the hobbit”), discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, Indonesia, in 2003, revealed that the species of tiny human most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.
The oldest fossil human cranium in the cave of Aroeira, Portugal was found, representing also the westernmost human fossil ever found in Europe from the middle Pleistocene epoch, being about 400000 years old.
Analysis of dental calculus from a Neanderthal upper jaw found in cave sites in Spy, Belgium, and El Sidrón, Spain, provided new details about the diet of the Neanderthal populations living in Europe between 50000-42000 years ago.
Modern deforestation in the Acre state of Brazil has allowed the discovery of more than 450 of large geometrical geoglyphs or enclosures, providing evidence for how indigenous people lived in the Amazon before European people arrived in the region.
Scientists used 3D CT scans to look inside a three-metre-long mummified Egyptian “giant crocodile”. They revealed that, besides the two crocodiles previously spotted inside the wrappings, the mummy also contains dozens of individually wrapped baby crocodiles.
DNA analysis of of 50000-year-old European bison (wisent) remains from a cave in France revealed that it originated from a previously unknown hybrid species of wisent which was depicted through Upper Palaeolithic rock art 15000 years ago.
Experts discovered that some of the silcrete stone tools created in South Africa during Middle Stone Age were crafted with controlled use of fire at the early stage of production.
Early Medieval settlement at the present-day town of Agsu in Azerbaijan was unearthed by archaeologists. The town dated from 3rd to 4th century AD developed around a Sassanid period fortress walls.
Team of archaeologists from University of Victoria made a discovery of sophisticated stone tools crafted 250000 years ago in a former oasis near Azraq in Jordan. Analysis of the blades found residual remains of butchered animals including horse, rhinoceros, wild cattle and duck.