Crocodiles bound for America
New research suggests they went via Africa.
How crocodiles first reached the Americas has long been a matter of debate. Now Italian researchers are suggesting th...
Evidence for early arrival of humans in America
Two teams analyse artefacts from Mexican cave.
Humans may have reached the Americas 30,000 years ago – some 15,000 years earlier than previously thought – according...
An ancient story of change and adaptation
Study fills gaps in history of Aboriginal Australians.
Archaeologists are continuing to unravel the complex history of Australia’s Aboriginal people, the world’s oldest civ...
A new tiny relative of dinosaurs, pterosaurs
From little things sometimes very big things grow.
Scientists say the fossil of a small reptile related to dinosaurs and pterosaurs suggests some of the largest animals...
Understanding the allure of red ochre
Researchers dive into early Mexican history.
Red ochre was so valuable to the Paleoindians of the early Americas that they were willing to risk their lives to col...
The Australian story, told beneath the sea
Archaeological sites could fill vast historical gaps.
Submerged archaeological sites discovered off Australia’s northwest coast offer a new window into the migrations, liv...
Meet a giant ancestor of wombats
Prehistoric fossils tell more about marsupial evolution.
Fossils from a giant marsupial that roamed central Australia during the late Oligocene, 25 million years ago, reveal ...
Soft-shelled eggs from dinosaurs and Antarctica
They’re big, and they may change our thinking.
It’s a big day for big egg stories – as in both the eggs and the stories are big. In separate papers in the journa...
A mystery of great art and dead bodies
French cave provides clues to early social practices.
Grotte de Cussac in Dordogne is an archaeological site that keeps on giving. Known for cave art so impressive that...
New clues to early human innovation
Sri Lankan cave finds switch our focus to the tropics.
Archaeologists have found some rare treasures in a 48,000-year-old cache of bone tools and artefacts excavated from a...
Old crocs might have walked this way
Scientists reinterpret rare and ancient footprints.
Ancient relatives of modern-day crocodiles might have walked on two legs, researchers say. They now believe footpr...
From trash to treasure
Miniature figurine rewrites Asian art history.
Scientists have unveiled what they say is the earliest known example of East Asian 3D art after quite literally rescu...