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...
Koala teeth map history
Adelaide’s past as told by koala teeth.
If you want to know how Adelaide, South Australia, was settled by Europeans, you may need to look at rat and koala te...
Some useful human microorganisms have long, long histories.
Humans and Neanderthals could have more in common than just DNA – we also might share the microorganisms in our gut. ...
Scientists find unknown ancient preservation technique on old mummy.
Advanced scientific techniques have revealed a rare painted shell, or carapace, of mud within the wrappings of an Egy...
The origins of money
Standardised Bronze Age objects may have acted as ancient currency.
From cowrie shells to native resources and animals, currency in some shape or form has long been a part of human hist...
Lessons from the past
Could Indigenous wisdom help us create a “good Anthropocene”?
The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points ...
Oldest cave painting of animals found in Indonesia
Painting of Sulawesi warty pig dates back at least 45,500 years.
By Adam Brumm, Adhi Oktaviana, Basran Burhan and Maxime Aubert from Griffith University The dating of an exception...
People chose the coast during the big chill
Evidence found of persistent occupation in South Africa.
Excavations on South Africa’s southeast coast have uncovered evidence of persistent human occupations from the end of...
Men hunt and women gather. But not always
Female hunters likely common in early Americas.
Scientists may have to rethink the prevailing view that prehistoric hunting was exclusively the domain of men. The...
Neanderthal milk teeth reveal their secrets
Study offers new evidence on weaning and growth.
Neanderthal children grew and were weaned in much the same way as Homo sapiens, new research suggests. Virtual ren...
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...