Anthropology

New Evidence Suggests Aboriginal Australians Ancestral to Modern Eurasians

After almost forty years of scientific consensus could we be seeing the end of the ‘Recent Out of Africa Theory’ of human origins. The fundamental …

Humanity

DNA Testing Of Skeleton May Prove Christopher Columbus Was Really Portuguese

Every schoolchild in America knows that in fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. An Italian explorer, Cristoforo Colombo is of course most famous for his ‘discovery’ of North America. But a recent historical theory suggests that Columbus was not born in Genoa, Italy, and …

Humanity

Africans Made Their Own Glass, Didn’t Need Europeans, Archaeologists Say

Sub-Saharan Africans were making glass way before Europeans showed up.<p>Experts previously thought that the remnants of glassworking operations found …

World News

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened' : pope

Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region on Friday, saying they had “never …

Indigenous Peoples

Pope Francis urges defence of rights and lands of Amazonia natives

<b>By Robin Gomes</b><p><b>Pope Francis</b> on Friday put the cause of the <b>indigenous people of Amazonia</b> in the heart of the Church, sharing their challenges and …

Christianity

Divers Found The World's Largest Underwater Cave, And It's Full of Maya Secrets

The photos are spectacular.<p>After 10 months of intensive exploration, scientists in Mexico have discovered the world's largest flooded cave system – …

Quintana Roo

The 12 Creepiest Archaeology Finds in Human History

Sometimes, it’s hard to fathom the world is still a mysterious place. Humans have been around for over 20,000 years, yet much of the earth remains …

Archaeology

Hunter-gatherer people in Malaysia have ‘special’ sense of smell, says study

Hunter gatherer people who live off the forest's of Malaysia are far more in tune with their sense of smell, a new study has found.<p>Research exploring …

Humanity

Bones found near murdered woman's backpack 'may have been part of killer's collection'

Human bones found near the backpack of murdered woman Lyndsay Van Blanken may have been part of a collection owned by her killer, a court has been …

Crime

Top 10 Mundane Artifacts That Are Rewriting History

There is no denying that flashy or highly unusual artifacts are fascinating. As the world of archaeology turns more glitzy, these items hit the …

Archaeology

Pottery Shard Shows Early Humans In Europe Were More Connected Than Archaeologists Thought

A newly discovered shard of pottery from the Neolithic era found at an archaeological site in modern-day Spain appears, for the first time, to link …

Archaeology

Hunter-gatherer lifestyle could help explain superior ability to ID smells

Smell has a reputation as a second-rate human sense. But that assumption stinks once hunter-gatherers enter the picture.<p>Semaq Beri hunter-gatherers, …

Humanity

Mystery Solved: Here's What Caused a Massive Epidemic in Colonial Mexico

Researchers have cracked a nearly 500-year-old mystery about the germ that caused the so-called cocoliztlioutbreak, an epidemic that killed countless …

Public Health

Researchers find human impact on forest still evident after 500 years

Tropical forests span a huge area, harbor a wide diversity of species, and are important to water and nutrient cycling on a planet scale. But in …

Ecology

Mystery of horrifying disease that wiped out Aztecs unravelled by science

A team of scientists studying ancient DNA may have solved the mystery of the horror-movie style deaths that wiped out most of the Aztec population in …

Humanity

Rare Bones and DNA of tiny children surprise scientists, support ideas about migration into the Americas 11,000 years ago

The small bodies of infants buried in an ancient campsite in the wilds of Alaska have given researchers a surprising and unprecedented look into the …

Humanity

Turns Out a Common Infection Might Have Killed Off the Aztecs

Scientists may have finally solved a 500-year old "whodunnit" mystery.<p>Filed Under History & Paleontology<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll …

Indigenous Peoples

Strange Inheritance: Quarter-million ancient arrowheads coveted by John Wayne

It’s a collection unlikely to be duplicated: nearly 250,000 ancient Native American arrowheads, some as old as 12,000 years.<p>North Carolina couple Moon and Irene Mullins amassed the relics over a half-century, and Moon willed it to his friend and caregiver Jerry Williams.<p>The collection is featured …

North Carolina

3 Archaeological Discoveries That Challenge Mainstream History

New archaeological discoveries show us that history may not beexactly as we learned in school.<p>Rather than thinking about history as a picture, try …

Humanity

Largest Native American Population in Every State

Source: Jacqueline Nix / Getty Images<p><b>1. Alabama</b> <b><br>> Largest Native group:</b> Cherokee (pop: 8,870) <b><br>> Total Native population:</b> 23,850 <b><br>> Total state …

Humanity

Houses reused for over 1000 years during Stone Age

Small, simple earthen huts from the Stone Age appear to have been used for 1000 years. They may have stood empty for 40-50 years at a time before …

Archaeology

DNA of a man who died nearly 200 years ago recreated without his remains

Researchers managed to recreate the DNA of Hans Jonatan by taking samples from 182 of his living descendants.<p>Recreating the DNA of a deceased person …

Humanity

Local Salmonella may have killed millions of indigenous Mexicans

During the 16th century in the southern part of Mexico, a mysterious illness killed some 18 million indigenous Mixtec people. The disease, which was referred to by the name <i>cocoliztli</i> in historic records, caused headaches, fever, liver damage, and bleeding from the eyes, nose, and …

Indigenous Peoples

New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants

How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian …

Wildlife

DNA Tests Suggest Deadly Salmonella Wiped Out The Aztec Civilization, Europeans Might Be To Blame

The 500-year mystery behind the fall of the Aztec civilization might have been a deadly salmonella strain according to a new study. Salmonella …

Public Health

Scientists find possible cause for mystery epidemic that wiped out Mexico 500 years ago

From 1545 to 1548, a mysterious disease killed about 80 percent of the population of Mexico. It was one of the worst epidemics in human history, felling an estimated 5 million to 15 million people, and was known by natives as <i>cocoliztli —</i> a word meaning <i></i>pestilence.<p>About three decades later, <i>cocoliztli</i> …

Humanity

Egyptian scandal? Meet the mummies with different daddies

Two of Britain’s most well-known mummies could be at the centre of a 4,000-year-old family scandal, after DNA analysis showed they had different fathers.<p>The bodies of priests Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh, were discovered in excavations in Egypt led by the renowned British archaeologist Flinders …

Egypt

How Close Are We to Self-Destruction?

While some claim we’re living in peaceful times, the Doomsday Clock ticks on. Two anthropologists get to the bottom of this contradiction.<p>Each …

Humanity

Ancient teeth hold clues to one of history's worst plagues

A mysterious illness that devastated native civilizations in the 1500s may have been identified, according to a paper published Monday in Nature …

Humanity

Ancient Dental Practices Are Downright Cringeworthy

By Lauren Sigfusson | January 16, 2018 5:12 pm<p>After thousands of years of crude dental practices, the art of tooth extraction had reached this level …

Humanity