• Changing diets in Pictish Portmahomack

    Changing diets in Pictish Portmahomack
    Isotopic analysis of skeletons excavated from a graveyard in the Scottish Highlands has revealed a story of changing diets among the Pictish and medieval communities at Portmahomack.Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers assessing a skull from one of the skeletons. [Image: Shirley Curtis-Summers, University of Bradford] A Pictish monk buried under Tarbat Old Parish Church. [Image: ©Tarbat Discovery Programme]
    Carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios were analysed in samples taken from 137 individuals who had
  • Out of the blue: the Seacombe Smalt Works

    Out of the blue: the Seacombe Smalt Works
    Investigations in Birkenhead have uncovered remnants of the Wirral’s industrial past, shedding light on previously obscure industries such as smalt-production.An aerial view of the excavation site near the docks at Birkenhead. [Image: Chris Wild, Salford Archaeology]Smalt is not a commodity that attracts much demand in the modern world, but it was a crucial raw material for several 19th-century industries, used as an intense colouring agent. It is an inorganic pigment that contains 2-18% c
  • The millenial pre-colonial cultural influence is evident in the Amazon forest

    The millenial pre-colonial cultural influence is evident in the Amazon forest
    More than ten years ago, large geometric earthworks found in the southwestern parts of the Amazon, called geoglyphs, were reported in the global scientific news. A pre-colonial civilization unknown to scholars that built geometric ceremonial centers and sophisticated road systems. This civilization flourished in the rainforest area 2,000 years ago. The discovery radically altered the prevailing notion of the pristine Amazon rainforest....[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu
  • Sledge dogs are closely related to 9,500-year-old 'ancient dog'

    Sledge dogs are closely related to 9,500-year-old 'ancient dog'
    Dogs play an important role in human life all over the world - whether as a family member or as a working animal. But where the dog comes from and how old various groups of dogs are is still a bit of a mystery.Credit: Carsten Egevang/QimmeqNow, light has been shed on the origin of the sledge dog. In a new study published in Science, researchers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, show that the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
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  • Former Louvre curator among five arrested in Paris over alleged Mideast antiquities trafficking

    Former Louvre curator among five arrested in Paris over alleged Mideast antiquities trafficking
    Five people suspected of participating in an antiques smuggling ring exploiting conflict and unrest in Middle Eastern countries to spirit out works for sale in France have been detained for questioning in Paris, a judicial source said Tuesday.Five people suspected of participating in an antiques smuggling ring exploiting conflict and unrest in MiddleEastern countries to spirit out works for sale in France have been detained for...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links
  • Another botched art restoration in Spain draws outrage

    Another botched art restoration in Spain draws outrage
    Art restoration experts in Spain called Tuesday for tighter regulation of their work and condemned reports of a botched restoration of a copy of a Baroque-era painting of the Virgin Mary.A private art collector in Valencia, Spain, paid for the painted copy of “The Immaculate Conception of El Escorial”by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo to be cleaned by a furniture restorer, according
     to the Spanish news outlet Europa...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
  • New archaeological season commences at Iran's Laodicea Temple

    New archaeological season commences at Iran's Laodicea Temple
    A new round of archaeological exploration has been commenced at the enigmatic Laodicea Temple in the city of Nahavand, west-central Hamedan province with the aim of uncovering more finds from the Seleucid era (312 BC-63 BC).Credit: Tehran TimesThe project also aims at solving the problems of the residents of the districts near the site, who haven’t been allowed to construct buildings for over 50 years, ISNA quoted provincial tourism...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for
  • 16th century mass grave with over 100 children discovered in Poland

    16th century mass grave with over 100 children discovered in Poland
    The remains of over 100 children, some with coins in their mouths, have been discovered in south-east Poland confirming local legends of a children's graveyard.The remains were uncovered by archaeologists after construction workers discovered human bonesduring roadworks [Credit: Gminne Centrum Kultury w Jezowem/Facebook]A total of 115 bodies were uncovered by archaeologists after construction workers discovered human bones during...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full lin
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  • Face of Scandinavian man whose head was mounted on a stake 8,000 years ago revealed through facial reconstruction

    Face of Scandinavian man whose head was mounted on a stake 8,000 years ago revealed through facial reconstruction
    The world may never know why a Stone Age man’s head was placed on a stake and tossed into an underwater grave, but now it will see his face.Facial reconstruction of the Kanaljorden skull[Credit: Oscar Nilsson]A forensic artist harnessed the power of 3D facial reconstruction to piece together the features on 8,000-year-old jawless skull to show a man with a pointy nose, large forehead and a long beard.The facial muscles and skin...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Non-tobacco plant identified in ancient Native American pipe

    Non-tobacco plant identified in ancient Native American pipe
    People in what is now Washington State were smoking Rhus glabra, a plant commonly known as smooth sumac, more than 1,400 years ago.Replica pipes used to experimentally "smoke" tobacco and other native plants in WSU laboratories for the study.The charred residue is then extracted, chemically "fingerprinted", and compared to residueof ancient archaeological pipes [Credit: WSU]The discovery, made by a team of Washington State...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, oth
  • Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution

    Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution
    Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable.The ancient city of Tikal rises above the rainforest in northern Guatemala
    [Credit: David Lentz/UC]Researchers from the University of Cincinnati found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in Tikal, an ancient Maya city that dates back to the third century B.C. in what is now northern...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, othe
  • Tiny Japanese dinosaur eggs help unscramble Cretaceous ecosystem

    Tiny Japanese dinosaur eggs help unscramble Cretaceous ecosystem
    When most of us think of dinosaurs, we envision large, lumbering beasts, but these giants shared their ecosystems with much smaller dinosaurs, the smaller skeletons of which were generally less likely to be preserved. The fossilized egg shells of these small dinosaurs can shed light on this lost ecological diversity.An egg of Himeoolithus murakamii (left), outlined egg with intact eggshell remains (black area) (middle),and...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, oth
  • Analysis of volcanic tuff gives new data about Permian-Triassic extinction event

    Analysis of volcanic tuff gives new data about Permian-Triassic extinction event
    It's not often that scientists are able to find tuff in continental sedimentation, but this was accomplished in the PreUrals region by Kazan Federal University, Borisyak Institute of Paleontology, and Institute of Geology (the latter two are parts of the Russian Academy of Sciences). This was a first such finding on the territory of European Russia. Radioisotopic analysis was conducted by Boise State University.Credit: Kazan Federal...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • The geological record of mud deposits on the Basque continental shelf

    The geological record of mud deposits on the Basque continental shelf
    The nature of the sediments on the Basque continental shelf is very heterogeneous. From the point of view of distribution, two clearly differentiated sectors can be picked out in terms of grain size. "In the area of Bizkaia medium to coarse-sized sands predominate, whereas on the coast of Gipuzkoa there is a predomination of deposits of very fine sand, silts and clays, currently known as the Basque Mud Patch (BMP)," explained Maria...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
  • Pattern analysis of phylogenetic trees could reveal connections between evolution, ecology

    Pattern analysis of phylogenetic trees could reveal connections between evolution, ecology
    In biology, phylogenetic trees represent the evolutionary history and diversification of species - the "family tree" of Life. Phylogenetic trees not only describe the evolution of a group of organisms but can also be constructed from the organisms within a particular environment or ecosystem, such as the human microbiome. In this way, they can describe how this ecosystem evolved and what its functional capabilities might be.A...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links,
  • Pantera leo's family tree takes shape

    Pantera leo's family tree takes shape
    As the "king of beasts," majestic lions have been used as a symbol of courage, nobility and strength by rulers for over 6000 years. A lion became the symbol of a Norwegian king at least as early as 1280. It still stands proudly on Norway's Coat of Arms.In 1950 there were a million lions living the wild. Today there are only between 20.000 and 30.000.If we are to save them, we need to know more about them [Credit: Per Harald Olsen,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Geochemists solve mystery of Earth's vanishing crust

    Geochemists solve mystery of Earth's vanishing crust
    Thank goodness for the Earth's crust: It is, after all, that solid, outermost layer of our planet that supports everything above it.Scientists examined hundreds of samples taken along the global ridges that contain recycled ancient oceaniccrust in variable amounts. "Depleted" segments of the ridge received lower than "normal" amountsof recycled crust, while "enriched" segments contain a larger proportion of recycled...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other
  • Super-Earths discovered orbiting nearby red dwarf

    Super-Earths discovered orbiting nearby red dwarf
    The nearest exoplanets to us provide the best opportunities for detailed study, including searching for evidence of life outside the Solar System. In research led by the University of Gottingen, the RedDots team of astronomers has detected a system of super-Earth planets orbiting the nearby star Gliese 887, the brightest red dwarf star in the sky. Super-Earths are planets which have a mass higher than the Earth's but substantially...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Mapping the early universe with NASA's Webb Telescope

    Mapping the early universe with NASA's Webb Telescope
    Astronomers and engineers have designed telescopes, in part, to be "time travelers." The farther away an object is, the longer its light takes to reach Earth. Peering back in time is one reason why NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope specializes in collecting infrared light: These longer wavelengths, which were initially emitted by stars and galaxies as ultraviolet light more than 13 billion years ago, have stretched, or...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links
  • Climate extremes will cause forest changes

    Climate extremes will cause forest changes
    Until now, 2003 was considered as the driest and hottest year since the beginning of instrumental climate recording. This record can now be considered obsolete: "The past five years were among the warmest in Central Europe since record, and 2018 was the most extreme one," says Professor Bernhard Schuldt from Julius-Maximilians-Universitat (JMU) Wurzburg in Bavaria, Germany.Dead old-growth beech trees in the forest of the University...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
  • Astronomers discover massive quasar from early universe

    Astronomers discover massive quasar from early universe
    Astronomers have discovered the second-most distant quasar ever found using three Maunakea Observatories in Hawai'i: W. M. Keck Observatory, the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, and the University of Hawai'i-owned United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). It is the first quasar to receive an indigenous Hawaiian name, Poniua`ena, which means "unseen spinning source of creation, surrounded with brilliance"...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Police recover 4,600 antiquities after busting archaeological crime gang in Bulgaria

    Police recover 4,600 antiquities after busting archaeological crime gang in Bulgaria
    An international crime gang that ransacked ancient sites in Bulgaria and trafficked stolen archaeological goods whose total worth exceeds several millions of euros has been broken up as a result of an international police operation coordinated by Europol.Credit: EuropolEight individuals were arrested and some 4,600 archaeological items were recovered as a result of this sting. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links,
  • Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat

    Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat
    A new study led by researchers from the University of Bristol has shown that not all saber-tooths were fearsome predators.Skulls and life reconstructions of the marsupial saber-tooth Thylacosmilus atrox (left) andthe saber-tooth cat Smilodon fatalis (right) [Credit: Stephan Lautenschlager]Saber-tooth cats, such as the North American species Smilodon fatalis, are among the most iconic fossil animals with a reputation for being...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Big-boned marsupial unearths evolution of wombat burrowing behaviour

    Big-boned marsupial unearths evolution of wombat burrowing behaviour
    The discovery of a new species of ancient marsupial, named Mukupirna nambensis, is reported this week in Scientific Reports. The anatomical features of the specimen, which represents one of the oldest known Australian marsupials discovered so far, add to our understanding of the evolution of modern wombats and their characteristic burrowing behaviour.Life reconstruction of the giant wombat relative Mukupirna nambensis on the shores...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
  • Evolutionary conflicts predicted

    Evolutionary conflicts predicted
    Evolution seems to be an unpredictable process. However, predicting the constraints of evolution is possible. Researchers from AMOLF and the French ESPCI have demonstrated this using their mathematical method, followed by experiments on bacteria.E.coli bacteria [Credit: Marjon de Vos & Sander Tans](adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Cells make use of close collaboration between proteins. Such regulatory...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other
  • Review – Gloucester: the Roman forum and the post-Roman sequence at the city centre

    Review – Gloucester: the Roman forum and the post-Roman sequence at the city centre
    H R Hurst
    Gloucester Archaeological Publications, £25
    ISBN 978-0948386022
    Review Carly HiltsThe late 1960s and early 1970s were a period of massive redevelopment in Gloucester city centre – an area rich in archaeology. It was in this context that Henry Hurst – then the Field Archaeologist attached to Gloucester City Museum – led excavations on three sites from 1968 to 1971. A report was published in 1972, but this new volume is the first time that the full findings have b
  • Detectorist finds Roman lead pig ingot in Wales

    Detectorist finds Roman lead pig ingot in Wales
    One of the most significant Roman objects found in Wales in recent years has been discovered by a metal detectorist.The lead pig in situ [Credit: Wrexham Council]Rob Jones discovered a metal object in a field near Rossett and careful digging revealed the corner of a lead object with ‘writing’ on it.Mr Jones from Coedpoeth, Wrexham, alerted the local Finds Officer (NE Wales) for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales (PAS Cymru)...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
  • Scholar explores trade links of early pastoralists in Levant

    Scholar explores trade links of early pastoralists in Levant
    Although the economies of southern Levantine societies were defined primarily as agropastoralist, based on livestock and agriculture, historians have outlined the prevalence of commerce in ancient times, according to an American scholar.Tell En Nasbeh, located 12 kilometres northwest of Jerusalem[Credit: Aaron Brody]Archaeologists have found that during the Iron Age (1190-700 BC), the Babylonian period (586-539 BC) and the Persian...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Skeletal remains of child excavated as part of Keeladi’s 6th phase excavation

    Skeletal remains of child excavated as part of Keeladi’s 6th phase excavation
    Skeletal remains of a child were excavated from Konthagai village, part of the sixth phase of ongoing excavations in the ancient site of Keeladi, in Tamil Nadu.Credit: Tamil Nadu State Dept. of ArchaeologyThe skeleton was found buried between two terracotta urns that were also found on the same day. It was 75 cm in height and was found 0.5 m below surface level.Excavations are currently taking place at Keeladi, Konthagai, Manalur...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full lin
  • Planning the future of a prehistoric find | Letters

    Planning the future of a prehistoric find | Letters
    The discovery of a neolithic ring of shafts near Stonehenge should not rule out a proposed new tunnel, writes Mike Pitts, while Phil Coughlin says the site will keep archaeologists busy for years to comeYour article suggesting that new discoveries are cause to stop a proposed A303 tunnel in Wiltshire is misleading (Scrap Stonehenge road tunnel plans say archaeologists after Neolithic discovery, 22 June). Were the tunnel to be built, works would be preceded by archaeological excavation. It is no
  • Large Western Han Dynasty cemetery site discovered in north China's Shanxi

    Large Western Han Dynasty cemetery site discovered in north China's Shanxi
    Archaeologists recently found a large-scale cemetery site, dating back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), in north China's Shanxi Province.Aerial photo of the ancient tomb site unearthed in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. Tombs M1 and M2are thought to belong to a couple; M6 is a cemetery complex to the east of these[Credit: Cultural Relics and Archaeology Institute of Taiyuan]Excavations showed that the cemetery is a...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link
  • Italian divers discover 16th-century shipwreck

    Italian divers discover 16th-century shipwreck
    The remains of a large Renaissance-era ship off the north Italian coast of Liguria could belong to the legendary Santo Spirito, one of Italy's largest galleons which was shipwrecked off Camogli on 29 October 1579.Credit: Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio della LiguriaThe news, announced by Italy's superintendency on 19 June, follows the discovery of the shipwreck in February by two expert divers in the protected...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links
  • Rosetta Stone to be added to British Museum LGBTQ+ tours

    Rosetta Stone to be added to British Museum LGBTQ+ tours
    Male Egyptologist who helped decipher hieroglyphs had to flee UK after having gay sexOne of the most famous objects in the world, the Rosetta Stone, is to have its little-known gay history explored on public tours for the first time by the British Museum.The stone is known for its crucial role in giving the scholars Jean-François Champollion and Thomas Young the key to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. It has been in the museum collection since 1802 and is regularly named as the numb
  • Roman ovens, Late Period wall discovered in Luxor

    Roman ovens, Late Period wall discovered in Luxor
    A number of mud brick Roman ovens and a large wall from the Egyptian Late Period have been discovered at the Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor.Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});During excavation work carried out at the Avenue of Sphinxes in the Nagaa Abu Asaba area in Luxor, an Egyptian archaeological mission discovered the Roman ovens, which were used to bake clay,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, o
  • Small rodent fossils found in Israel challenge assumptions about when man first arrived there

    Small rodent fossils found in Israel challenge assumptions about when man first arrived there
    Contrary to popular belief that the cold and dry climate of the Ice Age was a barrier to the intercontinental migration of humans, a new and surprising Israeli research project reveals that migration out of Africa actually occurred under such climatic conditions some 200,000 years ago.IAA archaeologist Dr. Lior Weisbrod with tiny fossils of rodents from the excavation[Credit: Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority]The research...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
  • Large Late Neolithic pit structure found near Stonehenge

    Large Late Neolithic pit structure found near Stonehenge
    What could be one of the largest prehistoric sites in the UK has been discovered near Stonehenge by a consortium of archaeologists led by the University of Bradford.The shafts surround the known location of Durrington Walls[Credit: University of St. Andrews]A massive 2km-wide ring of prehistoric ‘shafts’ up to 10m across and 5m deep has been discovered around the ‘super henge’ at Durrington Walls and the famous site at Woodhenge....[[ This is a content summary only. Visit
  • Young giant planet offers clues to formation of exotic worlds

    Young giant planet offers clues to formation of exotic worlds
    For most of human history our understanding of how planets form and evolve was based on the eight (or nine) planets in our solar system. But over the last 25 years, the discovery of more than 4,000 exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, changed all that.This animation shows a type of gas giant planet known as a hot Jupiter that orbits very close to its star. Findingmore of these youthful planets could help astronomers...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links
  • Breakthrough Listen releases catalog of "Exotica" targets for the search for intelligent life and investigations of new astrophysics

    Breakthrough Listen releases catalog of "Exotica" targets for the search for intelligent life and investigations of new astrophysics
    Breakthrough Listen, the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe, today released an innovative catalog of "Exotica"—a diverse list of objects of potential interest to astronomers searching for technosignatures (indicators of technology developed by extraterrestrial intelligence). The catalog is a collection of over 700 distinct targets intended to include "one of everything" in the observed universe—ranging from...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi
  • NASA scientis simulates sunsets on other worlds

    NASA scientis simulates sunsets on other worlds
    Have you ever wondered what a sunset on Uranus might look like? As you can see in the animations below, a Uranian sunset is a rich azure that fades into royal blue with hints of turquoise. This blue-green color comes from the interaction of sunlight with the planet's atmosphere. When sunlight—which is made up of all the colors of the rainbow—reaches Uranus's atmosphere, hydrogen, helium and methane absorb the longer-wavelength red...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
  • Life in the galaxy: maybe this is as good as it gets?

    Life in the galaxy: maybe this is as good as it gets?
    Researchers have found that rocky exoplanets which formed early in the life of the galaxy seem to have had a greater chance of developing a magnetic field and plate tectonics than planets which formed later. As both these conditions are considered favourable to the development of life, this means that if life exists in the Galaxy, it may have developed earlier than later, and that planets formed more recently may have less chance of...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Evidence supports 'hot start' scenario and early ocean formation on Pluto

    Evidence supports 'hot start' scenario and early ocean formation on Pluto
    The accretion of new material during Pluto's formation may have generated enough heat to create a liquid ocean that has persisted beneath an icy crust to the present day, despite the dwarf planet's orbit far from the sun in the cold outer reaches of the solar system.Extensional faults (arrows) on the surface of Pluto indicate expansion of the dwarf planet's icy crust, attributedto freezing of a subsurface ocean [Credit: NASA/Johns...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Review – Invasive Aliens

    Review – Invasive Aliens
    Dan Eatherley
    William Collins, £16.99
    ISBN 978-0008262747
    Review Carly Hilts
    According to the most recent figures (from 2017), there are some 3,163 non-native species currently present in England, Wales, and Scotland, and 1,266 in Ireland, Dan Eatherley attests. The vast majority of these are plants – including many foods that we take for granted today, from apples to various forms of wheat – but they also include such familiar creatures as sparrows, donkeys, sheep and goats, h
  • The Durrington shafts: a remarkable discovery for Stonehenge's neighbour – podcast

    The Durrington shafts: a remarkable discovery for Stonehenge's neighbour – podcast
    Archaeologists surveying the land around Stonehenge have made a discovery that could change the way we think about our neolithic ancestors: a circle of deep shafts spanning 1.2 miles in diameter around Durrington Walls. Hannah Devlin speaks to Prof Vincent Gaffney about how he and his team made this incredible discovery and why the latest find is so remarkable Continue reading...
  • Unearthing evidence of more sophisticated manufacturing in Bronze Age Mesopotamia

    Unearthing evidence of more sophisticated manufacturing in Bronze Age Mesopotamia
    The part of the Middle East where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flow, known in ancient times as Mesopotamia, is often called the cradle of civilization. Today the region corresponds to what is now Kuwait, the eastern parts of Syria, southeastern Turkey, and regions along the Turkish–Syrian and Iran–Iraq borders.Type of bone and antler tools found at the site. Including a) a possible loom shuttle made of antler, b) a possible...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for
  • Automated laser-scanning 'hunter drone' seeks out fossils, minerals and biological targets

    Automated laser-scanning 'hunter drone' seeks out fossils, minerals and biological targets
    Science fiction came up with machine-intelligent hunter drones and they have now become science fact with a new HKU-codeveloped autonomous 'hunter drone' that seeks out targets at night using a scanning laser.New HKU-codeveloped automated laser-scanning ‘hunter drone’ seeks out fossils, minerals and biologicaltargets at night (artist visualised image) [Credit: Thomas G Kaye & Michael Pittman]This technique—laser-stimulated...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi
  • New study reveals how metamorphosis has shaped the evolution of salamanders

    New study reveals how metamorphosis has shaped the evolution of salamanders
    A team of scientists, led by Natural History Museum postdoctoral researcher Dr. Anne-Claire Fabre, have conducted the first study on how metamorphosis has influenced the evolution of salamanders.Newt shadowed by the diversity of salamander skull evolution[Credit: Fabre, Martinez, Rettedal & Goswami](adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Using micro-CT scanning to study the skulls of this group of animals,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other
  • Genetic study of Arabian horses challenges some common beliefs about the ancient breed

    Genetic study of Arabian horses challenges some common beliefs about the ancient breed
    A study involving Arabian horses from 12 countries found that some populations maintained a larger degree of genetic diversity and that the breed did not contribute genetically to the modern-day Thoroughbred, contrary to popular thought.Credit: Samantha BrooksAn international team of scientists was led by the University of Florida's Samantha Brooks, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of animal sciences; Cornell University's Doug Antczak,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Scientists collaborate on new study to search the universe for signs of technological civilizations

    Scientists collaborate on new study to search the universe for signs of technological civilizations
    Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and the University of Rochester are collaborating on a project to search the universe for signs of life via technosignatures, after receiving the first NASA non-radio technosignatures grant ever awarded, and the first SETI-specific NASA grant in over three decades.Artist's impression of the exoplanet LHS 1140b, which orbits its star within the "habitable zone"...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link
  • Review – Digging into the Dark Ages

    Review – Digging into the Dark Ages
    Howard Williams and Pauline ClarkeArchaeopress, £55
    ISBN 978-1789695274
    Review Amy Brunskill
    The use of the term ‘the Dark Ages’, to describe the early medieval period (5th-11th centuries AD) is closely tied to many of the misconceptions surrounding that era. This new publication, based on discussions at the 3rd University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference in 2017, examines public understanding of early medieval archaeology, identifying and challenging ideas that persis
  • The destruction of a 46,000-year-old cave and the backlash for Australia’s mining industry

    The destruction of a 46,000-year-old cave and the backlash for Australia’s mining industry
    In Western Australia, on the lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people, there was a 46,000-year-old cave, where thousands of artefacts were discovered, revealing incredible things about the history of this continent. In late May Rio Tinto – one of the world’s biggest mining companies – blew it up. Calla Wahlquist explores the archaic law that allowed this to happen, and the ensuing backlash that could change how the mining industry operates • Culture warriors ob

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