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2,000-year-old snake altar unearthed in ancient Greek city of Patara

2,000-year-old snake altar unearthed in ancient Greek city of Patara

Archaeologists are thrilled by the discovery of a marble altar with a carved figure depicting a coiled snake in the ancient city of Patara, ...
Egypt says another trove of ancient coffins found in Saqqara

Egypt says another trove of ancient coffins found in Saqqara

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed another trove of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, authorities said Monday. The To...
New study provides a comprehensive reconstruction of the Permian-Triassic boundary event

New study provides a comprehensive reconstruction of the Permian-Triassic boundary event

Life on Earth has a long, but also an extremely turbulent history. On more than one occasion, the majority of all species became extinct and...
Oldest securely dated evidence for a river flowing through the Thar Desert, Western India

Oldest securely dated evidence for a river flowing through the Thar Desert, Western India

Situated at the threshold of the South Asian monsoon, the Thar Desert is an important region for understanding how past environmental change...
In the beginning, there was sugar

In the beginning, there was sugar

Organic molecules formed the basis for the evolution of life. But how could inorganic precursors have given rise to them? Ludwig-Maximilians...
Evidence of earliest known dairy production uncovered in India

Evidence of earliest known dairy production uncovered in India

In the fertile river valley along the border of modern-day India and Pakistan, the Indus Valley Civilization built some of the largest citie...
Melting Alpine glaciers yield archaeological treasure troves, but clock ticking

Melting Alpine glaciers yield archaeological treasure troves, but clock ticking

The group climbed the steep mountainside, clambering across an Alpine glacier, before finding what they were seeking: a crystal vein filled ...
History shows that societies collapse when leaders undermine social contracts

History shows that societies collapse when leaders undermine social contracts

All good things must come to an end. Whether societies are ruled by ruthless dictators or more well-meaning representatives, they fall apart...
New dating results for two Lower Palaeolithic sites in France

New dating results for two Lower Palaeolithic sites in France

A publication in the journal Quaternary International led by Dr. Mathieu Duval, Ramon y Cajal Research Fellow at the Centro Nacional de Inv...
Humans and climate drove giants of Madagascar to extinction

Humans and climate drove giants of Madagascar to extinction

Nearly all of Madagascan megafauna - including the famous Dodo bird, gorilla-sized lemurs, giant tortoises, and the Elephant Bird which stoo...
Deep sea coral time machines reveal ancient CO2 burps

Deep sea coral time machines reveal ancient CO2 burps

The fossilised remains of ancient deep-sea corals may act as time machines providing new insights into the effect the ocean has on rising CO...
World's greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness

World's greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness

Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great success. University of Bristol palaeontologi...

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