China's Terracotta Army Will Make an Appearance in Indianapolis

Since 1974, some 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors have been discovered guarding the tomb of the First Emperor of China. Beginning May 10th, more than 100 artifacts from the army will be displayed at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the only stateside appearance of the warriors in 2014. » 4/17/14 9:45am Today 9:45am

America's first settlers were trapped in Beringia for 10,000 years

The ancestors of Native Americans came to the New World by walking over a land bridge across the Bering Strait. But there's a rather glaring 10,000 year gap in the story — one that could be explained by a migratory pause that lasted for millennia. » 2/28/14 8:00am 2/28/14 8:00am

A lost city reveals the grandeur of medieval African civilization

Some of the world's greatest cities during the Middle Ages were on the eastern coast of Africa. Their ornate stone domes and soaring walls, made with ocean corals and painted a brilliant white, were wonders to the traders that visited them from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. They were the superpowers of the Swahili … » 2/20/14 5:52pm 2/20/14 5:52pm

A Zen Priest explains how spirituality will evolve in the future

Love it or hate it, the world's religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn't mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren't going to evolve. To learn more about religion's future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, he's a mild-mannered Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico… » 2/17/14 11:04am 2/17/14 11:04am

Are all Native Americans descended from the Clovis people?

For the very first time, scientists have produced genetic evidence that today's indigenous North and South Americans are all descended from a single population that trekked across the Bering land bridge from Asia. » 2/13/14 4:00pm 2/13/14 4:00pm

How did Neanderthal genes affect humanity? Here are some answers.

If you're a non-African person, you've got a little Neanderthal in your genome. In fact, maybe you have some other hominins in there, too. But just what kind of genetic legacy did some of us inherit from the Neanderthals? Two new scientific papers provide some intriguing hints. » 1/29/14 2:55pm 1/29/14 2:55pm

This intricately crafted harpoon tip is 35,000 years old

A harpoon tip dating to 35,000 years ago has been discovered on Timor, an island 250 miles northeast of Darwin, Australia. The ancient artifact, which was hewn from bone, is notable for its design, the complexity of which suggests humans in the region manufactured sophisticated weaponry earlier than previously… » 1/22/14 9:02am 1/22/14 9:02am

We Can't Blame Obesity On Our Hunter-Gatherer Ancestors Anymore

One popular idea to explain the current obesity epidemic proposes that our hunter-gatherer ancestors had a fat-storing adaptation, which allowed them to survive frequent famines. Today, with our overabundance of food, this adaptation is causing us to get fat. There's just one problem with this idea — research now shows … » 1/10/14 6:40am 1/10/14 6:40am

The Most Incredible Historical Discoveries of 2013

From 1.8-million-year-old hominid skulls to rewriting the Buddha's birthday to sunken Nazi subs, 2013 was another incredible year for archaeologists and historians. Here's the best the year had to offer. » 12/26/13 8:00am 12/26/13 8:00am

A gene variant that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in Latin Americans may have been inherited from Neanderthals. People who carry the higher risk version of the gene, named SLC16A11, are 25% more likely to have diabetes than those who do not, and 50% more likely if both parents have it. Yet another thing we can… » 12/26/13 7:20am 12/26/13 7:20am