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Pompeii discovery reveals man who was pinned by fridge-sized stone while fleeing Vesuvius
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Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site have announced the dramatic discovery of the skeleton of a man crushed by an enormous stone while trying to flee the explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The man may have escaped the initial violence of Vesuvius in the ancient city of Pompeii, only to be crushed by a block of stone hurtling through a lethal volcanic cloud... read more
Synchrotron Reveals Early Triassic Odd Couple: Injured Amphibian and Aestivating Therapsid Share Burrow
Burrowing is a widespread adaptation in terrestrial mammals and is highly beneficial for brooding, predator avoidance and protection from extreme climates [1], [2]. Abundant fossilised burrow casts immediately after the Permo-Triassic boundary in southern Africa suggest that fossorialism was widely developed in many tetrapods more than 250 million years ago
How a backyard pendulum saw sliced into a Bronze Age mystery Researcher’s swinging blade offers glimpse into how ancient Mycenaeans built palaces
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Nicholas Blackwell and his father went to a hardware store about three years ago seeking parts for a mystery device from the past. They carefully selected wood and other materials to assemble a stonecutting pendulum that, if Blackwell is right, resembles contraptions once used to build majestic Bronze Age palaces.
Fossil sheds light on evolutionary journey from dinosaur to bird
Scientists have reconstructed the skull of an Ichthyornis dispar, a very early bird species that still had the sharp teeth of a dinosaur
Peru child sacrifice discovery may be largest in history
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Archaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world's largest single case of child sacrifice.
This ancient Maya city may have helped the Snake King dynasty spread
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Aerial laser maps, excavations and stone-slab hieroglyphics indicate that La Corona, a largely rural settlement, became a key part of a far-ranging Classic-era Maya kingdom that incorporated sites from southern Mexico to Central America, researchers reported on April 15 at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Classic Maya civilization lasted from around 250 to 900.
Tiny bubbles of oxygen got trapped 1.6 billion years ago
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Take a good look at this photo: It shows you 1.6 billion years old fossilized oxygen bubbles, created by tiny microbes in what was once a shallow sea somewhere on young Earth.
The bubbles were photographed and analyzed by researchers studying early life on Earth.
Microbes are of special interest: They were not only the first life forms on Earth. They also turned our planet into a tolerable environment for plants and animals and thus their activity paved the way for life as we know it today... read more
Nicotine extracted from ancient dental plaque for the first time
A team of scientists including researchers from Washington State University has shown for the first time that nicotine residue can be extracted from plaque, also known as "dental calculus," on the teeth of ancient tobacco users.
Their research provides a new method for determining who was consuming tobacco in the ancient world and could help trace the use of tobacco and other intoxicating plants further back into prehistory.
Archaeologists have unearthed two “extremely rare” Roman boxing gloves during an excavation at the site of a fort on Hadrian’s Wall.
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Researchers said they believed the gloves, which can still “sit comfortably on a modern hand”, were most likely used for sparring and practice.
They were found at the Vindolanda fort near Hexham in northern England in the middle of last year.
“I have seen representations of Roman boxing gloves depicted on bronze statues, paintings and sculptures, but to have the privilege of finding two real leather examples is exceptionally special,” Vindolanda Trust CEO and director of excavations Andrew... read more
Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle
Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought.
The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced on Thursday by an alliance of US, European and Guatemalan archaeologists working with Guatemala’s Mayan He... read more