Where Did Kissing Come From?

Kissing is so commonplace that most people rarely think to stop and ask where humans picked up the habit in the first place. Where in humanity's evolutionary history did smooshing our faces together come to be regarded as a display of lust, care, friendship, and love? » 3/20/15 1:43pm 3/20/15 1:43pm

These 500,000-Year-Old Tools Still Contain Traces Of Animal Fat

Archaeologists working in Israel have made an extraordinary discovery — the earliest instance of Lower Paleolithic-Acheulian stone bifaces and scrapers with the residue of elephant fat still on them. It's considered an archaeological first. » 3/20/15 12:40pm 3/20/15 12:40pm

The Remains Of Miguel de Cervantes Have Been Found In A Convent

The 400-year old remains of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, have been recovered, Spanish researchers reported today. » 3/17/15 11:20am 3/17/15 11:20am

Neanderthals Used Eagle Talons To Make Some Seriously Badass Jewelry

Archaeologists have identified a remarkable piece of Neanderthal jewelry comprised of eight white-tailed eagle talons. Worn 130,000 years ago, the discovery shows that Neanderthals were capable of making sophisticated ornaments long before modern humans appeared on the scene. » 3/12/15 11:40am 3/12/15 11:40am

This Ancient Fossil Just Rewrote The History of Human Evolution

Discovery Of 8,000-Year-Old Wheat Could Rewrite Ancient British History

A DNA analysis of wheat found in an ancient peat bog suggests early Britons were more commercially sophisticated than previously thought. The presence of wheat on the British Isles a full 2,000 years before farmers began cultivating cereal grains means these hunter-gatherers may have established important trade… » 2/27/15 1:20pm 2/27/15 1:20pm

The Remains Of A Stone Age Couple Found In A Spooning Embrace

Archaeologists working at the Alepotrypa Cave in Greece have discovered a rare 5,800-year-old double burial in which two well-preserved skeletons were found in what appears to be the spooning position. » 2/23/15 7:20am 2/23/15 7:20am

This Is What The Paleo Diet Was Really Like

Reconstructions of human evolution are prone to simple, overly-tidy scenarios. Our ancestors, for example, stood on two legs to look over tall grass, or began to speak because, well, they finally had something to say. Like much of our understanding of early hominid behavior, the imagined diet of our ancestors has… » 2/19/15 2:30pm 2/19/15 2:30pm

This Was The Killer Blow That Likely Ended The Life Of King Richard III

Researchers at the University of Leicester have found a wound in the interior surface of the cranium belonging to King Richard III. Analysis suggests this was likely the fatal blow that killed the monarch, one delivered by a sword or the top spike of a bill or halberd. » 2/13/15 6:30am 2/13/15 6:30am

Researchers Discover The Only Known Michelangelo Bronzes In Existence

Researchers at Cambridge University say these two stunning statues are the early works of Michelangelo, making them the only surviving bronzes crafted by the famed Italian artist. » 2/02/15 6:30am 2/02/15 6:30am

Early Humans May Have Interbred With Neanderthals 55,000 Years Ago

It's widely acknowledged that modern Europeans mated with Neanderthals at some point in the past. We're just not entirely sure when or where. The recent discovery of an ancient skull in Israel may represent the critical missing link anthropologists have been looking for. » 1/29/15 7:40am 1/29/15 7:40am

A Team of Archeologists May Have Found the Body of Cervantes

Earlier this week, experts announced that they may have found the remains of Don Quixote writer Miguel de Cervantes in crypt in Madrid. The fragments of a coffin with initials "M.C." were found under the chapel of a cloistered convent, and now forensic work will determine if one of the bodies found was actually… » 1/29/15 1:30am 1/29/15 1:30am

Anthropologists Have Mapped All 61 Tattoos On Ötzi The Iceman

By using an innovative non-invasive photographic technique, European researchers have managed to locate and map the extensive set of tattoos on the exquisitely preserved remains of Ötzi the Iceman. Remarkably, they even found a previously unknown tattoo on his ribcage. » 1/28/15 11:40am 1/28/15 11:40am

This Big-Toothed Fossil May Represent A Primitive New Human Species

The first known prehistoric human from Taiwan has been identified and may represent an entirely new species that lived as recently as 10,000 years ago, according to a new study. » 1/28/15 6:20am 1/28/15 6:20am

Clues About the End of Maya Civilization Come from this Blue Hole

Recent findings suggest the massive sinkhole off the coast of Belize known (quite logically) as the Great Blue Hole may hold the key to solving the mysterious end of the Maya civilization. » 1/02/15 9:30am 1/02/15 9:30am

Musician's Recreation of Ancient Sumerian Songs Will Haunt You

These songs are examples of how art and science can come together to create something incredible. Musician Stef Conner learned to read several ancient Babylonian and Sumerian tablets written in cuneiform script, using historians' research to figure out likely pronunciation. Just listen to the results. » 12/30/14 2:54pm 12/30/14 2:54pm

An Ancient Site Discovered At Stonehenge Could Thwart Tunnel Plans

Archaeologists working at Stonehenge have found the oldest-known Mesolithic encampment in the United Kingdom. The remarkable discovery of the 6,000-year-old site adds a new complication to the British government's plan to build a 1.8-mile (2.9 km) tunnel beneath the site. » 12/22/14 8:40am 12/22/14 8:40am

This Incredible Peruvian Mummy Is About To Go On Public Display

The extraordinary mummified remains of a 50-year-old woman discovered in a fetal position is set to go on display at a museum in France. » 12/16/14 12:40pm 12/16/14 12:40pm

For The First Time In 3,200 Years, This Colossal Statue Stands Again 

Archaeologists working in the Egyptian city of Luxor have completed their restoration of a statue of ancient Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Along with its twin effigy, they're considered the highest statues of a pharaoh in a walking position. » 12/15/14 9:20am 12/15/14 9:20am

​Engravings On A Shell Made 300,000 Years Before Humans Evolved

Archaeologist Stephen Munro nearly fell off his chair when he noticed patterns of straight lines purposefully etched on a fossilized clamshell. The engravings were half a million years old, which meant they'd been made by a Homo erectus—an extinct human species that predated Homo sapiens by upwards of 300,000 years. » 12/03/14 2:40pm 12/03/14 2:40pm