Saturday, 7 February 2015

Neanderthals disappeared from the Iberian Peninsula earlier than in the rest of Europe

Neanderthals disappeared from the Iberian Peninsula earlier than in the rest of Europe

Until a few months ago different scientific articles, including those published in 'Nature', dated the disappearance of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) from Europe at around 40,000 years ago. However, a new study shows that these hominids could have disappeared before then in the Iberian Peninsula, closer to 45,000 years ago. Reconstruction of a Neanderthal [Credit: Fabio Fogliazza/Human Evolution Museum (MEH)-Junta de... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Friday, 6 February 2015

Tomb of Western Zhou Dynasty 'diplomat' unearthed

Tomb of Western Zhou Dynasty 'diplomat' unearthed

More than 20 burial sites were unearthed in a Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC) graveyard in Hejia village, Qishan county, Northwest China's Shaanxi province at the end of last year. The interior structure of Xi's tomb [Credit: Xinhua]One, identified as M11 by archaeologists, is well-preserved with a structure different from the rest. Many historical relics, including pottery, jade ware, shell money and bronze ware, were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Magna Carta originals reunited for anniversary

Magna Carta originals reunited for anniversary

Four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta are on display in London as Britain begins 800th anniversary celebrations of the globally significant contract. The Magna Carta has been revered as the "birth certificate of freedom" for centuries [Credit: Reuters]Considered the cornerstone of modern democracy, liberty, justice and the rule of law, the 1215 English charter forms the basis for legal systems around the world, such... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Pompeii wall collapses amid heavy rain

Pompeii wall collapses amid heavy rain

Heavy rain in Italy caused a wall in the ancient city of Pompeii to fall down, the latest in a series of weather-related collapses at the country’s most celebrated archaeological site. On Wednesday, the wall in the Garden of Severus suffered a partial collapse after days of rainfall in southern Italy [Credit: La Republica]The wall in the Garden of Severus suffered a partial collapse after days of rainfall in southern Italy,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The tell-tale signs of a galactic merger

The tell-tale signs of a galactic merger

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this striking view of spiral galaxy NGC 7714. This galaxy has drifted too close to another nearby galaxy and the dramatic interaction has twisted its spiral arms out of shape, dragged streams of material out into space, and triggered bright bursts of star formation. NGC 7714 is a spiral galaxy 100 million light-years from Earth — a relatively close neighbour in cosmic terms. The galaxy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Heat waves becoming more prominent in urban areas

Heat waves becoming more prominent in urban areas

The world's urban areas have experienced significant increases in heat waves over the past 40 years, according to new research published today. From 1973 to 2012, the number of heatwaves per urban area rose by 0.3 of an event [Credit: Thinkstock]These prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over 200 urban areas across the globe between 1973 and 2012, and have been most prominent in the most recent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Population genomics unveil seahorse domain

Population genomics unveil seahorse domain

In a finding vital to effective species management, a team including City College of New York biologists has determined that the lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) is more a permanent resident of the western mid-Atlantic Ocean than a vagrant. This is a lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) [Credit: University of Texas at Austin]The fish is commonly found in three western Atlantic zoogeographic provinces, although inhabitants of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

New research shows our seas are in trouble

New research shows our seas are in trouble

Overfishing, pollution, climate change and destruction of habitats like coral reefs are all putting our seas in trouble but academics fear the risk is not being taken as seriously as concerns for the loss of animals and plants which live on land. Using the most comprehensive conservation data available for both marine and non-marine organisms, research led by Dr Thomas Webb, from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Bowhunting may have fostered social cohesion during the Neolithic

Bowhunting may have fostered social cohesion during the Neolithic

Bowhunting during the Neolithic period may have been one of the pillars of unity as a group of primitive human societies. This is one of the main conclusions reached by a team of Spanish archaeologists with the participation of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which has analyzed the Neolithic bows found in the site of La Draga (Girona, Spain). The study has been published in the Journal of Archaeological... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

ISIS loots and burns ancient libraries in Iraq

ISIS loots and burns ancient libraries in Iraq

When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas. ISIS militants burning books [Credit: National Post]Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Looters caught red handed in Israel

Looters caught red handed in Israel

Three grave robbers were caught red-handed Friday night as they tried to raid antiquities in the area of Tel Ashkelon, a major archaeological dig south of the Ashkelon National Park in southern Israel. The three were caught in the act of digging up graves at the site – searching for gold, sarcophagi, or other valuable ancient artifacts, officials said. Ashkelon National Park [Credit: WikiCommons]The three were arrested and detained by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Old cemetery found in central Copenhagen

Old cemetery found in central Copenhagen

If you walk near the Round Tower in central Copenhagen you may get a feeling that Halloween is around the corner. Over 100 skeletons unearthed so far in archaeological dig [Credit: Colourbox]Archaeologists from the Museum of Copenhagen are digging under the cobblestones and unearthing skeleton upon skeleton in what was once an old cemetery, reports Berlingske. So far, more than 100 skeletons have been found, and according to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Fishy cooking habits of North American hunter-gatherers revealed

Fishy cooking habits of North American hunter-gatherers revealed

Archaeologists from the University of York and Queens College, City University New York (CUNY) have discovered the first use of pottery in north-eastern North America was largely due to the cooking, storage and social feasting of fish by hunter-gatherers. Vinette 1 vessel from the Peace Bridge site, Ontario [Credit: Archaeological Services Inc]Studying how pottery production in north-eastern North America developed 3000 years... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Ancient Texas pictograph mystery solved

Ancient Texas pictograph mystery solved

Among the mysteries of how ancient people created structures to mark the solstice and equinox with astonishing accuracy, this one is central: How did they determine the dates of those astronomical events? Close view of the wide variety of pictographs at the Campbell Ranch near Paint Rock [Credit: Ann P. White/Chronicle]Houstonian Gordon Houston, who is pursuing a doctorate on this riddle, says he believes he has figured out the answer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]