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    Early humans in the Kalahari were innovative

    Inland Africa reveals ancient evidence of Homo sapiens innovation.

    New archaeological evidence from Africa’s interior challenges notions that the emergence of Homo sapiens relied on ad...

    Archaeology April 1, 2021
  • Machine learning reads Arnhem Land rock art

    Computers compare minute style details.

    What can machine learning tell us about the rock art in Arnhem Land? South Australian researchers, led by Daryl We...

    Archaeology March 31, 2021
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    Prehistoric giant bird had tiny brain The largest flightless bird to ever have walked the Earth had a disproportio...

    Palaeontology March 29, 2021
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    How to hunt fossils responsibly

    5 tips from a professional palaeontologist.

    By Kailah Thorn, EdCC Earth Science Museum Curator, University of Western Australia Many of us, at some point or a...

    Palaeontology March 27, 2021
  • Tightening the dragnet on Denisovans

    AI tech tries to sniff out hidden signatures of ancient humans in modern DNA.

    Researchers have identified some prime suspects in the biggest ‘who done it’ mystery in human evolution: who were the...

    Palaeontology March 23, 2021
  • How to survive a mass extinction

    New study reveals how life on earth recovered after the most devastating mass extinction in geolo...

    Life on earth has been assaulted multiple times over its long history, by vicious mass extinctions and crashes in bio...

    Palaeontology March 19, 2021
  • Rare bone tool artefact revealed

    Discovery on the Murray gives insight into ancient Australia.

    Analysis of a crafted bone point unearthed on Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia is shedding new light on the be...

    Archaeology March 17, 2021
  • How a baby T-Rex bites

    Researchers use 3D modelling to examine the jaws of different-sized tyrannosaurs.

    Finite element analysis results for an adult Tyrannosaurus rex (FMNH PR 2081) jaw demonstrating a range of biting str...

    Palaeontology March 10, 2021
  • Pompeii of prehistoric plants

    Excavating the ancestors of seed-bearing plants.

    Nearly 300 million years ago, a volcanic eruption in northern China smothered a nearby swamp under half a metre of as...

    Palaeontology March 9, 2021
  • Co-evolution of humans and pathogens

    Analysis of ancient skeletons suggests we adapt to pandemics.

    Humans have lived through pandemics for centuries, and according to a reconstruction of ancient infectious diseases, ...

    Archaeology March 2, 2021
  • Arrhenius takes the future’s temperature

    Pioneering climate scientist Svante Arrhenius won the 1903 Nobel chemistry prize.

    Each year the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences produces a commemorative booklet to pay tribute to “a per...

    Chemistry February 28, 2021
  • 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....

    Archaeology February 23, 2021
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