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...
Vikings weren’t who we thought
New DNA analysis could rewrite the history books.
The popular modern image of blond-haired Scandinavian Vikings has been upended by extensive ancient DNA analysis, pub...
Literacy may have been widespread in Judea
Algorithms and observations reveal secrets of texts.
Literacy may have been much more widespread than thought in the ancient Kingdom of Judea, according to Israeli and US...
A new old ape and fish that could walk
The things you can discover with CT scanning.
Scientists say they have found an important ancient ape and more fish they suspect could probably walk. Two differ...
So, how do you weigh a dinosaur?
Turns out there are two ways and they’re both right.
The most emblematic feature of dinosaurs is their body size. Some dinosaurs reached enormous sizes during the Mesozoi...
Bones were keepers in Bronze Age Britain
Study discovers tradition of curating human remains.
British researchers have uncovered a Bronze Age tradition of retaining and curating human remains as relics over seve...
It took time to really know this dinosaur
Scelidosaurus’s anatomy described, 160 years on.
The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever found has been studied in detail more than 160 years after it was first dis...
FossilWatch: Stats, sex, skulls and sleep
Scientists learn more about hibernation and dinosaurs.
Sleeping through tough times US scientists have discovered fossil evidence of a hibernation-like state in an anima...
Scans tell three tales of ancient Egypt
Mummified animals revealed in high-tech detail.
Three mummified animals have been digitally unwrapped and dissected in unprecedented detail, providing, the researche...