Submitted by Diana Bretting on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:33
A Wiltshire resident accidentally found remains of Roman villa in his garden when he was laying electric cables. Now, it is believed that the discovery could be one of the largest such Roman villas in Britain.
According to the land owner, Luke Irwin, he unearthed the ancient villa when he was working at his farmhouse in Tisbury so that his children could play table tennis. The villa may date back around 1,400 years and may have been home to an emperor.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:03
A latest study has suggested that ancient humans, who had moved out of Africa, could have infected Neanderthals with herpes. There have been a number of theories regarding demise of Neanderthals. According to the researchers of the new study, the infections brought by humans from Africa could have led to that downfall.
They have identified many types of infections that probably had made the species of hominins sick. The infections include tapeworm infection, tuberculosis, stomach ulcers, and the specifically striking disease herpes.
Submitted by Joseph Gibson on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 06:46
A research paper published in the American Journal of Human Genetics has unveiled new facts about the relationship between Neanderthals and modern humans and genetic factors that have kept two lineages separate. Earlier research has indicated that modern humans and Neanderthals may have interbred at different times and at different regions.
In the study, researchers have completed the first in-depth genetic analysis of a Neanderthal Y chromosome. The Y chromosome was the main factor that was yet to be assessed from the Neanderthal genome.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:58
This might be the case that incompatibilities in the DNA of Neanderthals and modern humans restricted the impact of interbreeding between these two groups. Now, it is commonly known that a number of modern humans have 4% Neanderthal DNA.
However, a latest analysis of the Neanderthal Y chromosome, which is the genes’ package passed down from fathers to sons, has demonstrated that it is absent in modern populations.
Submitted by Karan Gosal on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 14:59
Scientists have realized a unique practice performed by an ancient creature through its fossils discovered embedded in volcanic deposits in Herefordshire, England. The 430-million-year-old arthropod is somewhat like lobsters and centipedes. The creature used trail made of egg pouches tethered with threads to its baby in order to keep track of its juvenile. This all gave a kite-like effect.
Submitted by Karan Gosal on Sun, 04/03/2016 - 14:51
Till date, archaeological site L’Anse aux Meadows is considered as the only Viking site in the Western Hemisphere. Now, archaeologists have discovered another Viking site with the help of satellite imagery. They believe the discovery may unravel more about the history of Vikings.
As per historians, Vikings traveled long distance to enter North America about a thousand years ago. Discovery of the new site in North America may allow researchers to rewrite understandings about Vikings, who are famous for their fearsome conquests.
Submitted by Joseph Gibson on Sat, 04/02/2016 - 11:22
Using a sophisticated scanning technology, scientists have found what might have been the colors of the skin of an ancient snake, discovered in a colorless fossil. Preserved as a fossil, the 10-million-year-old snake doesn’t have a head. It would have been green colored along with black or brown blotches, and pale on inside.
The study, which appeared on March 31 in the journal Current Biology, reported that the description is similar to some of the present day snakes that belong to the same family.
Submitted by Joseph Gibson on Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:34
Discovery of a fossil being dubbed by some as ‘the almost spider’ will certainly help scientists to understand the evolution of modern arachnids. Dating back to 305 million years ago, the fossil is of an ancient arachnid that was found in iron carbonate.
The discovery has been detailed in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The species known as idmonarachne brasieri has all the main features of a spider. But it does not have the spinnerets that made spiders so popular. Spinnerets allow spiders to weave and turn their silk into webs.
Submitted by Joseph Gibson on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:26
A slab buried for more than 2,500 years is having rich details about Etruscan worship of a God or Goddess. Archeologists in Italy have discovered the inscribed slab from an Etruscan temple. The lengthy text inscribed in sandstone slab will provide a wealth of new information about the lost culture of the Etruscans.
Submitted by Karan Gosal on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 13:25
According to researchers, a newly discovered butterfly species from Alaska may shed some more light on the pace of climate change. A study appeared last week in the Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera suggested that the Tanana Arctic, or Oeneis tanana, has probably evolved from an uncommon hybrid when two butterflies species mated prior to the last ice age.