First image of protein residue in 50 million year old reptile skin
(PhysOrg.com) -- The organic compounds surviving in fifty million year old fossilized reptile skin can be seen for the first time today, thanks to a stunning infra-red image produced by University of Manchester ...
Neanderthals were nifty at controlling fire: study
A new study involving the University of Colorado Boulder shows clear evidence of the continuous control of fire by Neanderthals in Europe dating back roughly 400,000 years, yet another indication that they ...
Ancient Peruvian site forces experts to re-think past
Archeologists have discovered a group of ancient tombs in the mountainous jungle of southeastern Peru they say is as important as the discovery of the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Oldest subarctic North American human remains found
(PhysOrg.com) -- A newly excavated archaeological site in Alaska contains the cremated remains of one of the earliest inhabitants of North America. These remains may provide rare insights into the burial ...
'Walking cactus' rewrites arthropod odyssey
Fossils of a bizarre animal dubbed the "walking cactus" have shed light on the evolution of crabs and spiders, Chinese researchers reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
Evidence Neanderthals used feathers for decoration
Biological anthropologists question claims for human ancestry
"Too simple" and "not so fast" suggest biological anthropologists from the George Washington University and New York University about the origins of human ancestry. In the upcoming issue of the journal Nature, the anthro ...
On their own 2 feet: 3.2 million-year-old fossil foot bone supports humanlike bipedalism in Lucy's species
A fossilized foot bone recovered from Hadar, Ethiopia, shows that by 3.2 million years ago human ancestors walked bipedally with a modern human-like foot, a report that appears Feb. 11 in the journal Science, conclu ...
Experts determine age of book 'nobody can read'
(PhysOrg.com) -- While enthusiasts across the world pored over the Voynich manuscript, one of the most mysterious writings ever found penned by an unknown author in a language no one understands ...
Early humans won at running; Neandertals won at walking
Vikings could have steered by polarized light
Test shows dinosaurs survived mass extinction by 700,000 years
University of Alberta researchers determined that a fossilized dinosaur bone found in New Mexico confounds the long established paradigm that the age of dinosaurs ended between 65.5 and 66 million years ago.
Was the fox prehistoric man's best friend?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Early humans may have preferred the fox to the dog as an animal companion, new archaeological findings suggest.
The first single-fingered dinosaur
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new species of parrot-sized dinosaur, the first discovered with only one finger, has been unearthed in Inner Mongolia, China.