Modern humans and Neanderthals share tangled genetic past

New research adds to growing evidence that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals not just once, but over and over again throughout history.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dna evolution neanderthals science-and-technology early-humans ancient-history

Tree ring ‘time capsules’ are a clue to Thera volcano mystery

Though it's been hotly debated for decades, tree rings may pin down the year the Thera volcano erupted over the Minoan civilization.

U. Arizona • futurity
April 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: tree-rings trees volcanoes science-and-technology ancient-history

These ostrich eggshell beads were social currency

People traded beads made from ostrich eggshells in vast exchange networks in Africa, researchers find. The practice was a way to maintain relationships.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: africa birds anthropology money society-and-culture ancient-history shells jewelry

Ancient ‘gum’ reveals 5,000-year-old DNA

Researchers have extracted a whole human genome from 5,700-year-old "chewing gum." It could mark a new untapped source of ancient DNA.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dna food genomes pathogens science-and-technology ancient-history stone-age

Why the Nile River hasn’t changed course in 30 million years

The path of the Nile River has remained unchanged for about 30 million years. Now scientists know why.

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: geology rivers earth-and-environment ancient-history topography mantle

An ancient person ate a whole rattlesnake. Why?

An entire rattlesnake turned up in a coprolite, or fossilized feces. Here are two potential explanations.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
April 26, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: archaeology food fossils religion snakes indigenous-people featured society-and-culture feces ancient-history

These spear points may be North America’s oldest weapons

Spear points that are more than 15,000 years old shed new light on the earliest people to explore and settle North America.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 25, 2018 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology ancient-history weapons stone-tools

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