Humanity

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

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

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

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 …

Anthropology

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 …

Anthropology

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 …

Anthropology

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 …

Anthropology

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 …

Anthropology

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

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 …

Anthropology

‘Native America’ To Explore Interconnectivity Of Ancient Indigenous Cultures On PBS – TCA

<i>Native America</i>, a four-part series will premiere in the fall on PBS, CEO Paula Kerger announced Tuesday morning at TCA.<p>The series will weave history …

Entertainment

500 years later, scientists discover what probably killed the Aztecs

Within five years, 15 million people – 80% of the population – were wiped out in an epidemic named ‘cocoliztli’, meaning pestilence<p>In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally …

Archaeology

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> …

Anthropology

Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th-century Mexico | Ars Technica

The mysterious pestilence is thought to have killed up to 80 percent of the population.<p>In the wake of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in …

Aztecs

Ancient Mexican Civilization Nearly Wiped Out by Something Stuck in Their Teeth, New DNA Evidence Reveals

Researchers believe they have identified a likely cause for a 16th century epidemic that decimated a group of indigenous Mesoamerican people known as …

Anthropology

One of history’s worst epidemics may have been caused by a common food poisoning microbe

The symptoms were unlike anything the doctors of the time had seen. Victims turned yellow from jaundice, and blood ran from their ears and noses. …

Anthropology

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 …

Anthropology

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 …

Anthropology

Mysterious 16th Century Epidemic That Almost Wiped Out Mexico Finally Identified

It killed 15 million people.<p>When European conquistadors sailed for the New World, their conquest was invisibly assisted by a devastating, unseen ally …

Anthropology

DNA of man who died in 1827 recreated from his living relatives

It’s not exactly bringing back the dead but it’s close. A person’s genome has been partially pieced together from fragments of his DNA found in …

Molecular Biology

Did Aboriginal and Asian people trade before European settlement in Darwin?

It's long been thought that Indigenous interactions with Europeans officially began after white settlement. But the Yolngu people of the Northern …

Indigenous Australians

Exxon finds oil, gas in Papua New Guinea

Exxon Mobil (XOM -0.4%) says it discovered oil and natural gas after drilling the P’nyang South-2 well onshore Papua New Guinea and is evaluating the …

Business

Ancient Egyptian Mummies from 4,000 Years Ago Shared a Mommy, DNA from Teeth Reveals

Two millennia-old Egyptian mummies long believed to be brothers are actually half siblings, according to a new paper published in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Anthropology

A Story of Monsoons and the Indus Civilisation, Teased out of Ancient Rock

Share this:<p>Our understanding of what could have motivated the ancient settlement to evolve as it did adds some depth to the story of our forebears.<p>A …

Anthropology

In conquered Mexico, almost a million died of salmonella in just five years

DNA analysis finds a terrible epidemic was caused not by plague, but by the bacteria behind food poisoning. Andrew Masterson reports.

Indigenous Peoples

Who were the first Scandinavians? Ancient DNA sheds light on mysterious origins

Tracking the migration of humans isn't easy, but genetics is helping us uncover new information at breathtaking speed. We know that our species …

Anthropology

Scientists identify what may have killed millions in mystery epidemic

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, Mexico and even reached Peru. It wiped out 80% of the population, killing millions of people.<p>Ancient DNA and a new technique have been used to determine the …

Public Health

Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

In 1545, people in the Mexican highlands starting dying in enormous numbers. People infected with the disease bled and vomited before they died. Many had red spots on their skin.<p>It was one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. The 1545 outbreak, and a second wave in 1576, killed an …

World News

Human remains found in a Mexican cave are believed to be 13,000 years old, but looting of the skeleton an obstacle

A team led by Wolfgang Stinnesbeck, paleontologist, and geoscientist at the University of Heidelberg, has been working with what was left behind, …

Anthropology