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Egypt archaeologists discover mummy in Luxor
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt...
Experiments show Neolithic Thames beater could be used to kill a person
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(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has found evidence that the "Thames Beater" was a weapon that could be used to kill another person—perhaps at times, with a single blow to the head. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the group describes experiments they conducted to learn more about the lethality of the weapon. phys.org/news/2017-12-neoli...
Egypt archaeologists discover mummy, artefacts from two 3,500yo tombs in ancient city of Luxor
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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs in the southern city of Luxor, authorities have confirmed.
Among the revealed artefacts were several pieces of intricately decorated Egyptian pottery and a linen-wrapped mummified body — believed to be that of a top official.
It's all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals
A new study led by Oxford University Museum of Natural History has revealed that an extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar inner ear proportions to those of some modern day aquatic reptiles and mammals. The research is published in Current Biology today. phys.org/news/2017-12-ears-...
World’s scientists turn to Asia and Australia to rewrite human history
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Where did we humans come from?
Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straight forward.
But now we see that the human story is far more complex. As summarised by Christopher Bae and colleagues in their latest paper just published in Science, data from Asia and Australia is becoming vital in piecing this new history together.
After 20 years, researcher presents the most complete Australopithecus fossil ever found
South Africa's status as a major cradle in the African nursery of humankind has been reinforced with today's unveiling of "Little Foot", the country's oldest, virtually complete fossil human ancestor. phys.org/news/2017-12-years...
The Archaeopteryx that wasn't
Paleontologists at LMU correct a case of misinterpretation: The first fossil "Archaeopteryx" to be discovered is actually a predatory dinosaur belonging to the anchiornithid family, which was previously known only from finds made in China. phys.org/news/2017-12-archa...
Revising the story of the dispersal of modern humans across Eurasia
Most people are now familiar with the traditional "Out of Africa" model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached Australia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago. However, technological advances in DNA analysis and other fossil identification techniques, as well as an emphasis on multidisciplinary research, are revising this story. Recent discoveries show that humans left Africa multiple times prior to 60,000 years ago, and that they interbred with other ho... phys.org/news/2017-12-story...
Bronze Age artifacts used meteoric iron
You may already be surprised to hear there are iron objects dating back to the Bronze Age, but their meteorite origin is even more astonishing. Though meteorites had already been recognized as one source of this metal, the scientific community couldn't determine whether they accounted for most or simply a few Bronze Age iron artifacts. Albert Jambon, as part of his work at the Institut de minéralogie, de physique des matériaux et de cosmochimie (CNRS / UPMC / IRD / Muséum national d'Histoire ... phys.org/news/2017-12-bronz...
Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has uncovered one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world in what is now a part of the eastern coast of modern China. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their finding and compares it to other ancient water management systems. phys.org/news/2017-12-earli...