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Early El Greco painting found in Crete

A rare painting attributed to famous painter “El Greco” (Dominikos Theotokopoulos) was found near the city of Chania in Crete, according to statements made byByzantine Antiquities Commissioner Michalis Andrianakis during the Conference on the Arch...

An exceptional Gravettian 'Venus' discovered in Amiens.

The prehistoric site of Renancourt, in Amiens, has been known for many years and long remained one of the few sites providing evidence for human presence in northern France during the Early Upper Palaeolithic (35,000 – 15,000).The 'Venus of Renanc...

4,000-year-old granaries discovered in central China.

Archaeologists have unearthed a number of circular foundations at a Neolithic site of Longshan Culture dating back about 4,000 years in Huaiyang, central China's Henan Province, and believe they are one of China's earliest granaries.Credit: MENAFN...

First experimental genetic evidence of the human self-domestication hypothesis.

The study, published in Science Advances, results from the collaboration between a UB team led by Cedric Boeckx, ICREA professor from the Section of General Linguistics at the Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics, and member of ...

Long-distance timber trade underpinned the Roman Empire's construction.

The ancient Romans relied on long-distance timber trading to construct their empire, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Mauro Bernabei from the National Research Council, Italy, and colleagues.Some of the oak pla...

First archaeological evidence of Christianity in Bahrain.

Archaeologists have found the first evidence showing Christianity was practised in Bahrain, a discovery which sheds light on a missing part of the country’s history.Potsherd decorated with a Cross [Credit: (c) T Insoll]Ancient documents have sugge...

The art of the Roman surveyors emerges from newly discovered pavements in Pompeii.

The technical skills of the Roman agrimensores - the technicians in charge of the centuriations (division of the lands) and of other surveys such as planning towns and aqueducts - are simply legendary. For instance, extremely accurate projects of ...

How does language emerge?

How the languages of the world emerged is largely a mystery. Considering that it might have taken millennia, it is intriguing to see how deaf people can create novel sign languages spontaneously. Observations have shown that when deaf strangers ar...

Compound eyes: The visual apparatus of today's horseshoe crabs goes back 400 million years.

The eyes of the extinct sea scorpion Jaekelopterus rhenaniae have the same structure as the eyes of modern horseshoe crabs (Limulidae). The compound eyes of the giant predator exhibited lens cylinders and concentrically organized sensory cells enc...

New finds from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Heliopolis.

A joint German-Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Heliopolis temple in Matareya unveiled fragments of royal statues and a large mudbrick wall during the completion of its thirteenth season.Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities (ad...

Justinianic plague not a landmark pandemic?

Researchers now have a clearer picture of the impact of the first plague pandemic, the Justinianic Plague, which lasted from about 541-750 CE.Credit: Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, SESYNCLed by researchers at the University of Maryland's National-S...

Breathing? Thank volcanoes, tectonics and bacteria

Earth's breathable atmosphere is key for life, and a new study suggests that the first burst of oxygen was added by a spate of volcanic eruptions brought about by tectonics.The evolution of life as depicted in a mural at NASA Ames Research Center ...

Horned face adorns rare 5th century cup found in Osaka.

An extremely rare clay cup dating from the mid-fifth century bearing a face with horns was unearthed here recently.The “sueki” earthen cup adorned with a horned face [Credit: Akihiro Tanaka]Archaeologists expect the cup to provide important clues ...

4,500-year-old grain seeds found in eastern Turkey

Laboratory analysis has revealed that the grain seeds found in pots excavated in a settlement mound in eastern Turkey's province of Bingol date back 4,500 years.Credit: AA (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The seeds were initi...

Facial deformity in royal dynasty was linked to inbreeding, scientists confirm.

The "Habsburg jaw", a facial condition of the Habsburg dynasty of Spanish and Austrian kings and their wives, can be attributed to inbreeding, according to new results published in the Annals of Human Biology.King Charles II of Spain was the last ...

3,500-year-old skull found in Hittite city of Sapinuwa.

A 3,500-year-old skull and femur was found during an archaeological excavation in Turkey's Black Sea province of Çorum.Credit: AA (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The ancient skull and femur were unearthed in Sapinuwa distric...

3000-year-old burial of female warrior unearthed in Armenia.

The remains of an early female warrior were found in the north of Armenia, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology reported.The female warrior was in her 20s when she died and was buried with a 'rich inventory of goods' including jewellery, expe...

Divers of the past

In the Mesozoic era, about 250 to 65 million years ago a large number of reptiles populated the oceans. The most successful were the plesiosaurs, which existed for about the same time as the dinosaurs. Enlarged red blood cells ensured their surviv...

Paleontologists identify new group of pterosaurs

New research suggests that ancient flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were much more diverse than originally thought, according to a new study by an international group of paleontologists including scientists at the University of Alberta and the ...

Ancient microbes helped to keep Earth's early climate warm.

Ancient ancestors of modern microbes played a critical role in setting the stage for life on a dimly lit early Earth, and in creating the world's largest iron ore deposits, according to new research.Ancient microbes, such as the Chlorobium phaeofe...

New evolutionary insights into the early development of songbirds.

An international team led by Alexander Suh at Uppsala University has sequenced a chromosome in zebra finches called the germline-restricted chromosome (GRC). This chromosome is only found in germline cells, the cells that hold genetic information ...

Studies highlight fragility of Antarctic ecosystems.

Two studies published in a special issue of the journal Science Advances this week highlight the fragility of the Antarctic and its ecosystems in the lead up to the UNFCCC COP25 meeting in Madrid next week.MPAs provide special measures to protect ...

Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts

From tattoos to video games to Game of Thrones, medieval iconography has long inspired fascination, imitation and veneration. Now, thousands of original medieval manuscript and early modern images are available for free online, for scholars and af...

18,000-year-old frozen puppy found in Siberia could be ‘oldest confirmed dog’.

Researchers are trying to determine whether an 18,000-year-old puppy found in Siberia is a dog or a wolf.Researchers say the animal could be a dog, a wolf or something in between [Credit: Love Dalen]The canine - which was two months old when it di...

Three 3,500-year-old painted wooden coffins unearthed in Egypt's Luxor.

Egyptian authorities on Wednesday confirmed the latest archaeological discovery to come from the ancient city of Luxor— three painted wooden coffins bearing hieroglyphic writings.The face on the coffin of Rao [Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquitie...

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