Really ancient art
A kangaroo painting is now Australia’s oldest known rock art.
An image of a kangaroo has been identified as Australia’s oldest known rock painting, dated to over 17,000 years old....
New research finds evidence of winemaking in Islamic Sicily.
Chemical residue from grapes has been found inside medieval containers from Islamic Sicily, suggesting there was wine...
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Conch shell tones
Ancient conch makes music for the first time in 17,000 years.
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Weather check: Paul Crutzen
Farewell to the father of the Anthropocene.
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Scientists find unknown ancient preservation technique on old mummy.
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Medical first: Elizabeth Blackwell
Meet the 19th century woman who broke down a critical barrier.
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