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2017/12/12

Scientists pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork

Scientists pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork

Scientists from UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have used a combination of three advanced imaging techniques to produce a highly detailed analysis of a second century Egyptian painting.The original painting (left), along with images made using...

Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule

Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule

The Chachapoyas region was conquered by the Inca Empire in the late 15th century. Knowledge of the fate of the local population has been based largely on Inca oral histories, written down only decades later after the Spanish conquest. The Inca accounts...

Fossil bones of human-sized penguin found on New Zealand beach

Fossil bones of human-sized penguin found on New Zealand beach

Together with a team from New Zealand, Senckenberg scientist Dr. Gerald Mayr described a hitherto unknown fossil giant penguin species. The excavated bones indicate that the penguin stood over 1.7 meters tall in life and reached a body weight of approx....

Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

The Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction.Thylacine [Credit: Tasmanian Museum...

2017/12/11

Archaeologist finds world's oldest funereal fish hooks

Archaeologist finds world's oldest funereal fish hooks

An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) has uncovered the world's oldest known fish-hooks placed in a burial ritual, found on Indonesia's Alor Island, northwest of East Timor.The skeletal remains and fish hooks [Credit: ANU]The five...

Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules

Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules

A scientific analysis of fossilised tree resin has caused a rethink of Australia’s prehistoric ecosystem, and could pave the way to recovering more preserved palaeobiological artefacts from the time of dinosaurs or prehistoric mammals.Sample of amber...

Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils

Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils

As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.Paleontologist Ashley Leger shows the skull of a young Columbian mammoth found at the construction site of the Metro...