These early mammals were social creatures
Palaeontologists make an important find at Egg Mountain.
Mammals appear to have been social creatures much earlier than previously thought, according to US palaeontologists. ...
Study puts Denisovans on roof of the world
Findings expand understanding of humans in eastern Asia.
DNA evidence has confirmed that a cave on the Tibetan Plateau was once home to Denisovans, an ancient species of huma...
Egyptians wanted their words to stick
Study finds technical link to the Renaissance painters.
In 15th century Europe, artists began adding lead to their paints to help them dry. Now scientists have discovered th...
Have wings will glide – at best
Two small dinosaurs struggled in the air, analysis suggests.
Just having wings doesn’t mean you can fly. Yi qi and Ambopteryx longibrachium, it seems, were barely able to glide. ...
Plague spread quickly in Medieval Europe
Documents reveal an increasing transmission rate.
The speed of plague transmission in London increased four-fold between the Black Death of 1348 and the Great Plague o...
Let the Eurasian games begin
Ball sports were played much earlier than thought.
This area of northwest China may have been the venue for Eurasia’s oldest ball games. A team of Swiss, German and ...
A tale of two cesspits
Why ancient intestinal health is important now.
Scientists have reported what they say is the first attempt to use the methods of ancient bacterial detection, pionee...
A missing part of the rock art gallery
Newly described images show human-animal relationships.
Arnhem Land rock art is continuing to provide a window into Australia’s past, with scientists describing 572 previous...
Scientists argue origins of a famous feather
New study suggests the old theory is right after all.
It’s not yet a war of words, but an interesting debate is brewing over the origins of the first fossil feather ever f...
More surprises about Palaeolithic humans
Our ancestors traversed Europe earlier than thought.
New clues continue to unravel the compelling Palaeolithic mystery of modern human movements and the Neanderthal trans...
Chromium steel first made in ancient Persia
Old manuscripts help new technology find the evidence.
Chromium steel, long considered a 20th century innovation, was in fact first made in Persia nearly a millennium earli...
Important steps on the Arabian Peninsula
Ancient footprints may show how humans moved from Africa.
Around 120,000 years ago, someone trudged across the Arabian Peninsula, with horses, camels and even elephants. We do...