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Easter Island Artifacts were General Purpose Tools, Not Weapons

Easter Island Artifacts were General Purpose Tools, Not Weapons

An eye-opener study has proved ancient Easter Island theory wrong and claimed to solve what happened to the archipelago’s civilization. Evidence found by study researchers suggests that blood battles were not behind the demolition of ancient civilization.

A team of researchers from Binghamton University conducted analysis on hundreds of artifacts found on the shores of the island and found that the triangular object were actually general purpose tools. As per an ancient theory, Easter Island civilization experienced warfare over food and land that led to destruction.

Botanist at Rutgers University discovers new plant species trapped in amber

Botanist at Rutgers University discovers new plant species trapped in amber

Rutgers University botanist Lena Struwe claims to have found a new plant species locked in ancient amber. The delicate flowers are believed to have fallen to the floor of a muggy and tropical forest more than 15 million years ago.

Instead of getting withered away, the flowers were trapped in sticky globs of tree resin and toughened into amber with time. These were then carried to what is now a Caribbean mountain range.

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Researchers come up with new detailed catalogue of rare minerals containing 5,500 records

Researchers come up with new detailed catalogue of rare minerals containing 5,500 records

Researchers for the first time have categorized earth’s rarest minerals. They have tracked 5,000 minerals and less than 100 are available in entire earth’s crust while the others are rare. In fact, the rarest ones, 2,500 minerals, are only found at five places across the globe.

The research team said that it is important to study some of them as they have fundamental information about the construction of the planet. And, also some will have properties that will prove useful in technological applications.

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Similarities between Rusingoryx and hadrosaurs are great example of convergent evolution

Similarities between Rusingoryx and hadrosaurs are great example of convergent evolution

Science is perpetually full of surprises because researchers have found species from the Ice Age that has a lot common with a group of dinosaurs that used to roam during the Cretaceous period 145 to 66 million years ago.

Rusingoryx atopocranion, an extinct species, shares a feature with a group of hadrosaurs, which is a nasal crest. As per scientists, a Pleistocene antelope having a bony nasal crest akin to some hadrosaur species is a sheer example of convergent evolution.

Humans Munched on Cantaloupe-Sized Eggs of Megafauna, Leading to its Demise

Humans Munched on Cantaloupe-Sized Eggs of Megafauna, Leading to its Demise

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder-led team have solved the mystery behind the extinction of huge ancient Australian birds, Megafauna. Till now, it was believed that climate change was responsible for the extinction of Genyornis newtoni, a flightless bird that stood about seven feet tall and lived roughly 50,000 years ago. But, the new study has revealed that humans munched on the cantaloupe-sized eggs of Genyornis newtoni, leading to the demise of a 500-pound bird.

Scientists unearth earliest evidence of warfare between stone-age hunter-gatherers

Scientists unearth earliest evidence of warfare between stone-age hunter-gatherers

Nearly 10,000 years back more than 27 members of a tribe were killed and the event was earliest proof of warfare between stone-age hunter-gatherers. A group of scientists from Cambridge University discovered the fossilized remnants of the victims, preserved in the sediment of a marshy pool that dried up thousands of years back.

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Earliest evidence of massacre shows prehistoric hunter-gatherers were not immune to war

5A---Earliest evidence of massacre shows prehistoric hunter-gatherers were not immune to war

Anthropologists working in Kenya have discovered the earliest evidence of organized violence among nomadic hunter-gatherers. The finding is considered to be rare as it offers a sneak peep into the life of prehistoric foragers.

Researchers said that there is not enough evidence present of warfare among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. The researchers have discovered the fossils of 27 foragers who were killed in a massacre around 10,000 years ago.

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Genomic Analysis Revealed Migration Trends of Roman Gladiators

Genomic Analysis Revealed Migration Trends of Roman Gladiators

A team of researchers investigating a mass grave in York revealed that the people, whose bodies are present in the grave, migrated further than previously estimated. The team, which consists of Prof Dan Bradley from Trinity College Dublin and his colleagues, examined the genomes of nine individuals belonging to Roman-era York.

Cosmic Particles may Solve Long-standing Pyramid Mystery

Cosmic Particles may Solve Long-standing Pyramid Mystery

The ancient pyramids mystery has been baffling researchers from more than 4,500 years. They still don’t know how the unexplained structures were built. But soon, they can solve the long standing mystery by analyzing cosmic particles absorbed by Bent Pyramid walls.

The researchers have planned to use muon tomography to scan the Dahshur’s Bent Pyramid. The tomography is a scanning process capable of detecting nuclear contraband in cargo. They will try to analyze how the pyramid’s walls absorbed cosmic participles in an attempt to know if there is any hidden chamber.

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New Record: Tardigrade Revived after Being Frozen for Three Decades

New Record: Tardigrade Revived after Being Frozen for Three Decades

Tardigrades, eight-legged micro-animals also known as water bears, are famous for their invincible surviving skills. But a new experiment suggested the water-dwelling animal is more indestructible than previously thought.

In the recent experiment, Japanese scientists brought a frozen tardigrade back to life after 30 years. It is known that the extremophiles are capable of surviving in harsh weather conditions, but they can revive after frozen for more than three decades was nonplussing, as per experts.

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