Why Archeologists Hate Indiana Jones

Most archeologists bristle at the mention of Indiana Jones, and for good reason. In this piece, originally featured at Last Word On Nothing, journalist Erik Vance takes a close look at the questionable professional ethics of Henry Walton Jones, Jr. and arrives at an unsettling conclusion: The man is a looter. » 9/19/14 8:50am 9/19/14 8:50am

The Most Dangerous Modern Ruins for Thrillseekers and Urban Explorers

You see the hauntingly beautiful pictures of the fallen grandeur of abandoned buildings, and you think, "I want to see those for myself." But watch out. Some of the world's most fascinating modern ruins are also the most hazardous. Here are some abandoned sites that you could risk life and limb to visit. » 1/31/14 3:00pm 1/31/14 3:00pm

Grisly new evidence reveals American colonists resorted to cannibalism

Historians have long speculated that punishing conditions in Jamestown – the first permanent English settlement in the Americas – may have driven some of its residents to cannibalism. Now, archeologists say they've uncovered their first hard evidence of colonial anthrophagy: the hacked-at remains of a teenage girl,… » 5/01/13 11:40am 5/01/13 11:40am

Yes, this Star Wars starfighter is based on part of a dinosaur skeleton

The Umbaran starfighters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars have an unusual shape — even for a ship in the Star Wars universe. And that shape reminded some paleontologists of something: It looks very similar to the cervical vertebra from an apatosaurus, as they wrote in the blog Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week. » 1/21/13 10:52am 1/21/13 10:52am

Introducing Migaloo, the world’s first canine archeologist

A three-year-old female black labrador cross named Migaloo has become the world's first trained archeology dog. Working with Brisbane dog expert Gary Jackson, she is expected to help archeologists uncover ancient grave sites across Australia. And looking to the future, it's expected that Migaloo and other archeology… » 9/04/12 10:21am 9/04/12 10:21am

Amazing fossil discovery shows how insects got their wings

There's a whole period in the evolution of modern insects that's pretty much a blank, thanks to a gaping hole in the fossil records. The so called Hexapoda Gap runs from 385 million years ago to 325 million years ago. It's right around when the insect world changed from the old, wingless insects to the incredible… » 8/02/12 10:42am 8/02/12 10:42am