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Fanged kangaroo research could shed light on extinction
Fanged kangaroos – an extinct family of small fanged Australian kangaroos – might have survived at least five million years longer than previously thought. phys.org/news/2017-10-fange...
Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall
Israeli archaeologists on Monday announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem's Old City, a unique structure around 1,800 years old that abuts the Western Wall and may have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian's reign. phys.org/news/2017-10-israe...
Scientists describe 'enigmatic' species that lived in Utah some 500 million years ago
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To the untrained eye, it looks like a flower crudely etched into rock—as if a child had scratched a picture of a bloom. But to the late fossil hunter Lloyd Gunther, the tulip shape he unearthed at Antimony Canyon in northern Utah looked like the remnant of an ancient marine animal. phys.org/news/2017-10-scien...
Luwian hieroglyphic inscription explains the end of the Bronze Age
An interdisciplinary team of Swiss and Dutch archaeologists today announced the rediscovery of a 29-meter-long Luwian hieroglyphic inscription that describes the events at the end of the Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean. One of the greatest puzzles of Mediterranean archeology can thus be plausibly solved. phys.org/news/2017-10-luwia...
New ichthyosaur species, long gone, found in a storeroom
A new species of ichthyosaur has been identified from a fossil that has been in the University of Nottingham's engineering collection for over half a century. phys.org/news/2017-10-ichth...
Research on Gomphotherium
For a long time, gomphotheres are considered to be the key link in proboscidean evolution. They are deemed as the ancestral stock of the true elephantids surviving now. The origins of stegodontids, rhynchotheres and cuvieroniines are believed to be more or less related to gomphotheres. However, gomphotheres are also considered as a problematic taxon or "dustbin" category in proboscideans. Historically, at least 60 species had been attributed into the genus Gomphotherium or its synonyms, and m... phys.org/news/2017-10-gomph...
In Gaza, Hamas levels an ancient treasure
Palestinian and French archaeologists began excavating Gaza's earliest archaeological site nearly 20 years ago, unearthing what they believe is a rare 4,500-year-old Bronze Age settlement. phys.org/news/2017-10-gaza-...
Paleogenomic analysis sheds light on Easter Island mysteries
Easter Island is a place of mystery that has captured the public imagination. Famous for ancient carved statues and a location so remote it boggles the mind, the island presents a captivating puzzle for researchers eager to understand how and when it became inhabited, and by whom. phys.org/news/2017-10-paleo...
Archaeologist dives to study ancient trade routes in Cyprus
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Many of us dream of spending the summer on the water, but for University of Toronto archaeologist Carrie Fulton, it's just another day on the job. phys.org/news/2017-10-archa...
New study finds 'staying longer at home' was key to stone age technology change 60,000 years ago
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A new study by scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand suggests that at about 58,000 years ago, Stone Age humans began to settle down, staying in one area for longer periods. The research also provides a potential answer to a long-held mystery: why older, Howiesons Poort complex technological tradition in South Africa, suddenly disappear at that time. phys.org/news/2017-10-longe...