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Heritage Daily: Rukwa Rift Basin Project names new Cretaceous mammal from East African Rift System

Ohio University researchers announced a new species of mammal from the Age of Dinosaurs, representing the most complete mammal from the Cretaceous Period of continental Africa, and providing tantalizing insights into the past diversity of mammals on the planet.

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2019-03-18 14:18   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Hepatitis B virus sheds light on ancient human population movements into Australia

Australian researchers have used current hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome sequences to deduce ancient human population movements into Australia, adding weight to the theory that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59 thousand years ago and possibly entered the country near the Tiwi Islands.

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2019-03-18 14:15   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Earliest known Mariner’s Astrolabe research published today to go in Guinness Book of Records

Guinness World Records have independently certified an astrolabe excavated from the wreck site of a Portuguese Armada Ship that was part of Vasco da Gama's second voyage to India in 1502-1503 as the oldest in the world, and have separately certified a ship's bell (dated 1498) recovered from the same wreck site also as the oldest in the world.

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2019-03-18 14:12   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: The mystery of ancient eggs and eggshells— a study of the world’s earliest known dinosaur eggs reveals new information about the evolution of dinosaur reproduction

An international team of researchers led by Robert Reisz of the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga studied the fossilized remains of eggs and eggshells discovered at sites in Argentina, China and South Africa, widely separated regions of the supercontinent Pangea.

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2019-03-15 16:55   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Ancient DNA research shines spotlight on Iberia

The largest study to date of ancient DNA from the Iberian Peninsula (modern-day Portugal and Spain) offers new insights into the populations that lived in this region over the last 8,000 years.

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2019-03-15 16:19   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Sea otters’ tool use leaves behind distinctive archaeological evidence

An international team of researchers has analyzed the use by sea otters of large, shoreline rocks as "anvils" to break open shells, as well as the resulting shell middens.

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2019-03-15 16:01   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Neandertals and early modern humans probably had very similar diets

A new international study indicates that Neandertals and early modern humans probably had very similar diets, contradicting the assumption that Neandertals died out because their diet was insufficiently varied.

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2019-03-14 14:05   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Prehistoric Britons rack up food miles for feasts near Stonehenge

Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of the earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain - with people and animals travelling hundreds of miles for prehistoric feasting rituals.

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2019-03-14 13:58   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Changes in rat size reveal habitat of ‘Hobbit’ hominin

A study of rat body sizes shifting over time gives a glimpse into the habitat of the mysterious hominin Homo floresiensis -- nicknamed the "Hobbit" due to its diminutive stature.

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2019-03-14 13:48   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: The day the world burned

When UC Santa Barbara geology professor emeritus James Kennett and colleagues set out years ago to examine signs of a major cosmic impact that occurred toward the end of the Pleistocene epoch, little did they know just how far-reaching the projected climatic effect would be. “It’s much more extreme than...

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2019-03-14 13:41   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: From Stone Age chips to microchips: How tiny tools may have made us human

Anthropologists have long made the case that tool-making is one of the key behaviors that separated our human ancestors from other primates.

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2019-03-12 16:23   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Teenage T. rex was already chomping on prey, new UW Oshkosh research shows

New research from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh indicates that even as a teenager the Tyrannosaurus rex showed signs that it would grow up to be a ferocious predator.

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2019-03-12 15:23   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Researchers find a piece of Palaeolithic art featuring birds and humans

It is not very common to find representations of scenes instead of individual figures in Palaeolithic art, but it is even harder for these figures to be birds instead of mammals such as goats, deer or horses.

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2019-03-12 15:20   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Criteria for the reduction of environmental impact applied in the Roman Theatre of Itálica

In the majority of studies carried out until now Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been used according to a methodology based on the final evaluation of an already finished design.

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2019-03-12 15:13   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Proofs of parallel evolution between cognition, tool development, and social complexity

Researchers examined the visual response of 113 individuals when observing prehistoric ceramics belonging to different styles and societies.

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2019-03-08 17:05   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Evidence for human involvement in extinction of megafauna in the late Pleistocene

By re-dating giant ground sloth remains found in the Argentinian Pampas region using more advanced technology, scientists say they have provided evidence that humans hunted and butchered this animal near a swamp during the end of the Pleistocene.

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2019-03-08 17:00   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Hundreds of children and llamas sacrificed in a ritual event in 15th century Peru

A mass sacrifice at a 15th century archaeological site in Peru saw the ritual killing of over 140 children and over 200 llamas, according to a study. This is the largest known mass sacrifice of children - and of llamas - in the New World.

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2019-03-08 16:58   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Dinosaurs were thriving before asteroid strike that wiped them out

Dinosaurs were unaffected by long-term climate changes and flourished before their sudden demise by asteroid strike.

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2019-03-06 17:09   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Vast record of past climate fluctuations now available thanks to laser imaging of shells

Shellfish played a significant role in the diet of prehistoric coastal populations, providing valuable nutrients. They are a common find in archaeological sites all over the world, usually in huge numbers, and researchers have long explored how they could be used to make inferences about the environments that humans experienced at those locations in the past.

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2019-03-06 17:07   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Ancient mammal remains digested by crocodiles reveal new species

Fossilised bones that appear to have been digested by crocodiles in the Cayman Islands have revealed three new species and subspecies of mammal that roamed the island more than 300 years ago.

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2019-03-06 17:03   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: A small plesiosaur lived in Spain 125 million years ago

Plesiosaurs, erroneously viewed as dinosaurs, inhabited all the seas between 200 million and 65 million years ago.

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2019-03-04 17:04   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: New findings shed light on origin of upright walking in human ancestors

The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs - a trait known as bipedalism.

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2019-02-28 16:55   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Researcher discovers oldest tattoo tool in western North America

Washington State University archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artefact in western North America.

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2019-02-28 16:21   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Big Game Hunt With Tusk Spears Mammoth ivory used as a raw material for hunting weapons

For the first time, scientists from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and the Senckenberg Research Station for Quaternary Palaeontology Weimar conducted a detailed comparison of the mechanical properties of mammoth ivory from the Siberian permafrost soils and the ivory from modern African elephants.

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2019-02-28 13:48   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Northwest Coast clam gardens nearly 2,000 years older than previously thought

A study led by SFU archaeology professor Dana Lepofsky and Hakai Institute researcher Nicole Smith reveals that clam gardens, ancient Indigenous food security systems located along B.C.'s coast, date back at least 3,500 years--almost 2,000 years older than previously thought.

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2019-02-28 12:48   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Oldest frog relative found in North America

A team of paleontologists led by Virginia Tech's Michelle Stocker and Sterling Nesbitt of the Department of Geosciences have identified fossil fragments of what are thought to be the oldest known frogs in North America.

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2019-02-27 16:42   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: ‘Ibiza is different’, genetically

Ibiza is different." That is what the hundreds of standard-bearers of the "hippie" movement who visited the Pitiusan Island during the 60s thought, fascinated by its climate and its unexplored nature.

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2019-02-27 16:39   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: High-tech laser scans uncover hidden military traverse at Alcatraz Island

High-tech radar and laser scans have uncovered a hidden military traverse underneath the infamous Alcatraz penitentiary, according to research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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2019-02-27 16:34   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Neanderthals walked upright just like the humans of today

Neanderthals are often depicted as having straight spines and poor posture. However, these prehistoric humans were more similar to us than many assume.

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2019-02-26 13:40   Click to comment

Heritage Daily: Poop helps show climate change contributed to fall of Cahokia

A new study shows climate change may have contributed to the decline of Cahokia, a famed prehistoric city near present-day St. Louis. And it involves ancient human poop.

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2019-02-26 13:34   Click to comment


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