An international team has conducted what it says is the first in-depth, wide-scale study of the genomic history of ancient civilisations in the central Andes mountains and coast before European contact. The findings, published in the journal Cell, reveal early genetic distinctions between groups in nearby regions, population mixing within and beyond the Andes, surprising genetic continuity … Continue reading Ancient Andes, analysed
The archaeological record is littered – aha – with poo, a potential goldmine for insights into ancient health and diet, parasite evolution, and the ecology and evolution of the microbiome. The issue for researchers has always been determining which species’ faeces it is that they’re looking at. Now, a study published in the journal PeerJ and … Continue reading The origin of faeces
A large proportion of the elements essential to the formation of oceans and life – such as water, carbon and nitrogen – only came to Earth very late in its history, researchers have found. Many scientists previously believed that these elements had already been there at the beginning of our planet’s formation. However, the investigations … Continue reading Life on Earth later than we thought
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4000-year-old German graves indicate a much more complex society than previously thought. Barry Keily reports.
Analysis of late Pleistocene people finds a wide range of bone and dental problems. Andrew Masterson reports.
Researchers suggest an island-hopping route would have been easier than a land bridge.
Evidence from a drill core rewrites the early history of one of Italy’s best-known cities. Andrew Masterson reports.
Greek and Roman writers record the use of a substance called miltos as a decoration, a medicine – and a handy way to repair a boat. Now scientists have worked out why. Andrew Masterson reports.
New imaging technique yields fresh information about ancient remains. Andrew Masterson reports.
South African discovery pushes the emergence of visual art back 30,000 years. Andrew Masterson reports.
A large Roman water-mill collection in France didn’t supply its adjacent city, as assumed. Andrew Masterson reports.