Ancient Mongolians sustained with millet
And had more complex economies than first thought.
Ancient Mongolian kingdoms may have been more sophisticated than history has credited them for, according to a study ...
Cockroaches: the earliest known cave-dwellers
Researchers identify two new species from a mine in Myanmar.
Cockroaches are the first and only creatures to be discovered living in caves before the dinosaurs were wiped out 66 ...
Humans survived volcanic super-eruption
Stone tools reveal continuous settlement in northern India.
Humans survived one of the largest known volcanic events – the Mount Toba super-eruption in Sumatra, Indonesia, 74,00...
Yes, fossilised plant gum is a thing
110-million-year-old find changes a few assumptions.
British scientists say what you’re looking at here is the first fossil plant gum on record. The amber-like material...
Seaweed from a billion years ago
Researchers suggest it is related to modern land plants.
US and Chinese palaeontologists have discovered what they believe are the oldest green seaweeds ever found. The micr...
Distant human relative mixed with our cousins
Who were these superarchaic humans?
A map of human prehistory is starting to look more like a tangled web than a family tree. First, we heard that our o...
Hot, dry and not a fish in sight – now at least
Aquatic remains by the hundred found in Saharan rock shelter.
If you still have doubts that the Sahara was once a lot wetter, a new study by Belgian and Italian researchers should...
Australian food from 65,000 years ago
Charred remains offer clues to diet, technology and culture.
Australia’s first people ate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other plant foods, many of which would ha...
A story ancient and modern
Skull may settle longstanding debate.
This Neanderthal skull, though flattened by thousands of years of sediment and rock fall, caused a flurry of exciteme...
A giant turtle with surprises
The carapace wasn't just big, it sometimes had horns.
If you ever wanted proof that ancient giant turtles really were giant, this is it. Venezuelan palaeontologist Rodolf...
Studying wasp nests to put an age on art
Australian rock paintings are younger than suspected.
Scientists believe well-known pre-historic rock paintings in Western Australia are younger than previously thought af...
The oldest bamboo fossil isn’t
It’s old, and it’s a fossil, but it was a conifer.
A fossilised leafy branch from the early Eocene (54 to 48 million years ago) found in Patagonia and described in 1941...