History

  • Prehistoric dragons flew over Australia

    Savage pterosaur with seven-metre wingspan named.

    Australia’s largest flying pterosaur, which was as fearsome as a dragon and swooped like a magpie, has been named. ...

    Australia August 9, 2021
  • A new angle on ancient trigonometry

    Ancient Greeks were said to have discovered trigonometry. But Australian detective work gives the...

    For some people, the word “trigonometry” conjures up images of right-angled triangles, or maybe even our old friends ...

    Civilisations August 6, 2021
  • A 3,500-year-old epic text begins its journey home

    A looted relic is finally returned to its rightful place, but the problem is enormous.

    The Iraqi culture and foreign ministries have said this week that 17,000 ancient artefacts, looted from the country d...

    History August 5, 2021
  • Middle-Eastern genomes fill historical gaps

    137 full genomes from eight Middle-Eastern populations reveals links to agriculture

    Despite being the cradle of agriculture, the birthplace of urbanisation and the land bridge that brought early homini...

    Civilisations August 5, 2021
  • Neanderthals painted stalagmites red

    Ochre pigments reveal 65,000-year-old Spanish cave paintings.

    Deep in Cueva de Ardales (Cave of Ardales) in Spain, stalagmites have been painted red by artistic Neanderthals, acco...

    Archaeology August 3, 2021
  • Did the slowing of the Earth's rotation create life as we know it?

    The slow pace of life’s evolution may be because of long days

    Animals may have evolved because the Earth's rotation slowed, resulting in longer days and higher oxygen, according t...

    Climate August 3, 2021
  • Archaeology for the Anthropocene

    Step aside, Indiana Jones, the next generation of archaeologists is here – and they’re looking ba...

    The word ‘archaeology’ conjures one of the greatest opening scenes in film history: a whip-toting Westerner sprinting...

    Archaeology July 30, 2021
  • Dog days in prehistoric Europe

    Remains suggest wild hunting dogs arrived in Europe more than 1.7 million years ago.

    Scientists have unearthed the earliest evidence of wild hunting dogs in Europe, from more than 1.7 million years ago ...

    Evolution July 30, 2021
  • In search of the oldest animal

    Sponge-like fossil found in ancient reef might be the earliest evidence of animal life.

    In the latest instalment in the quest to find our oldest animal ancestor, a Canadian geologist has unearthed a sponge...

    Evolution July 29, 2021
  • How a 310-million-year-old brain works

    Well-preserved horseshoe-crab brain fills gaps in evolutionary knowledge.

    While hard appendages like bone and shell can be preserved as fossils for millions of years, palaeontology’s enduring...

    Biology July 27, 2021
  • What you may have missed…

    Baby pterosaurs soaring, Venusian weather, crafty crows and more – here’s what went on in last we...

    Baby pterosaurs fly the nest Infant pterosaurs may have taken to the air as soon as they cracked out of the egg, a...

    Birds July 26, 2021
  • Alice Hamilton hates heavy metal

    This medical pioneer deplored the devastating effects of leaded petrol when it was first introduc...

    In the early 1920s, scientists from a wide range of disciplines were involved in what the United States Environmental...

    Features July 25, 2021
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