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On the origins of money: Ancient European hoards full of standardized bronze objects

On the origins of money: Ancient European hoards full of standardized bronze objects

In the Early Bronze Age of Europe, ancient people used bronze objects as an early form of money, even going so far as to standardize the sha...
1,500-year-old Byzantine Greek inscription discovered in northern Israel

1,500-year-old Byzantine Greek inscription discovered in northern Israel

Israel Antiquities Authority excavations in the village of et-Taiyiba in the Jezreel Valley​ recently unearthed an inscription dedicated to ...
New starfish-like fossil reveals evolution in action

New starfish-like fossil reveals evolution in action

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered a fossil of the earliest starfish-like animal, which helps us understand the or...
Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos

Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Greek island of Kasos

Α Roman-era shipwreck, and evidence of other shipwrecks dating back to Greece’s classical and Hellenistic eras, has been discovered during t...
Georadar reveals 15 burial mounds and 32 Viking Age mysteries in northern Norway

Georadar reveals 15 burial mounds and 32 Viking Age mysteries in northern Norway

November 2019 found Arne Anderson Stamnes, an archaeologist at the NTNU University Museum, methodically wending his way back and forth acros...
Amber-encased fossil shines light on evolution of bioluminescent insects

Amber-encased fossil shines light on evolution of bioluminescent insects

Trapped in amber for ~100 million years, an exceptionally well-preserved, light-producing beetle sheds light on the diversification of biolu...
Dinosaur-era sea lizard had teeth like a shark

Dinosaur-era sea lizard had teeth like a shark

New study identifies a bizarre new species suggesting that giant marine lizards thrived before the asteroid wiped them out 66 million years ...
All-purpose dinosaur opening reconstructed for first time

All-purpose dinosaur opening reconstructed for first time

For the first time ever, a team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have described in detail a dinosaur's cloacal or vent -...
Discovery of new praying mantis species from the time of the dinosaurs

Discovery of new praying mantis species from the time of the dinosaurs

A McGill-led research team has identified a new species of praying mantis thanks to imprints of its fossilized wings. It lived in Labrador, ...
50 million-year-old fossil assassin bug has unusually well-preserved genitalia

50 million-year-old fossil assassin bug has unusually well-preserved genitalia

The fossilized insect is tiny and its genital capsule, called a pygophore, is roughly the length of a grain of rice. It is remarkable, scien...
Using ancient fossils and gravitational-wave science to predict earth's future

Using ancient fossils and gravitational-wave science to predict earth's future

A group of international scientists, including an Australian astrophysicist, has used knowhow from gravitational wave astronomy (used to fin...
A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era

Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these characteri...

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