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Human bones
Human Remains Found In Utah Backyard Belonged To 1,000-Year-Old American Indian
Mar 29, 2014 09:39 AM E
A man in Utah was digging a hole in his backyard for a pond when he found some buried bones. An investigation revealed them to be about 1,000 years old.
mammoth
Abnormality In Woolly Mammoth Remains Gives Clue To Their Extinction
Mar 25, 2014 17:12 PM E
A new study suggests that inbreeding and environmental stress contributed to the woolly mammoth's extinction.
DNA Mugshot
Genetic Mugshot: How Scientists Used DNA To Draw 3-D Faces
Mar 21, 2014 14:15 PM E
A team of scientists has developed a method for generating 3-D face images using only a person's genes.
Flight Radar
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Light-Based Radar Could Have Helped Track Lost Plane, Engineers Say
Mar 19, 2014 16:34 PM E
Light-based radar systems could replace the clunky technology used in airplanes today, according to a new report published in Nature. But could it have prevented Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from going missing?
praying mantis
The Discovery Of 19 New Praying Mantis Species Is Pretty Astounding
Mar 18, 2014 14:19 PM E
Nineteen new species of praying mantises were discovered in and around the tropical forests of Central and South America and also in museum collections.
Submerged Lands Under Bering Strait Hold Clues To Settlement of North America
First North American Settlers May Have Come From Populations Living On Now Submerged Bering Strait Land Bridge
Mar 16, 2014 14:27 PM E
Language connections between ancestors of Native Americans along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and aboriginal Siberians have provided new clues that suggest the migration of both cultures from lands now submerged under the Bering Strait.
Australopithecus Prometheus
Little Foot, Our Oldest Ancestor, Is Older Than Previously Thought
Mar 15, 2014 14:40 PM E
Found in the Sterkfontein Caves of South Africa, many scientists believed that Little Foot, a nearly complete skeletal fossil of our ancient ancestors, was 2.2 million years old. Now, they believe he might be older.
The Ancient Woolly Mammoth Reveals its Secrets to Modern Humans
Woolly Mammoth DNA To Be Cloned, Then Joined With Elephant DNA To Create New Creature
Mar 13, 2014 18:16 PM E
A 10-month long analysis of the remains of an ancient woolly mammoth is likely to reveal genetic secrets of how it survived the frigid temperatures of the Arctic Circle.
stone mask
World's Oldest Stone Masks Go On Display In Jerusalem, And Boy Are They Creepy
Mar 13, 2014 18:08 PM E
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has put 12 stone masks on display which are believed to be the oldest human portraits. The 9,000-year-old masks come from within a 20-mile radius of the hills and desert outside Jerusalem. The limestone masks may have been used in ceremonies to represent the spirit of dead ancestors.
porpoise
Porpoise With Distinct Underbite Revealed After Analysis Of Museum Specimen
Mar 13, 2014 13:42 PM E
According to researchers, the extinct porpoise, which mainly inhabited the coast of California, had a significant underbite, which means its lower jaw extended well beyond its upper jaw.
Meet T. Rex's Little Cousin
Meet T. Rex’s New Pygmy Cousin: 'Nanuqsaurus Hoglundi,' Who Roamed The Arctic
Mar 12, 2014 16:59 PM E
For A Relative of the T. Rex,, Smaller Stature May Have Been Its Saving Grace in the Higher Latitudes
The LIfe-Giving Power of Volcanic Steam
Now There's An Upside To Live Volcanos: They Kept Animals From Freezing During The Ice Age
Mar 11, 2014 09:13 AM E
The heat and steam from volcanoes in Antarctica 20,000 years ago kept animals and mosses sheltered from the frigid temperatures of the Ice Age.
Bering Strait
The Bering Land Bridge Wasn't Just A Highway To Americas; People Lived There For Millennia
Feb 28, 2014 14:27 PM E
A new argument from anthropologists at the University of Utah theorizes that people many have taken a long layover on the Bering Land Bridge en route to North America 15,000 years ago.
mummy
Mummy Murder Mystery: Researchers Say Radiocarbon Dating Suggests Blunt Force Trauma In Incan Mummy
Feb 26, 2014 17:28 PM E
Researchers believe that an unidentified mummy housed in a German museum for over 100 years was murdered. In a study published today in PLoS One, researchers say the likely cause of death was blunt force trauma. The female mummy also showed signs of Chagas disease.
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