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DNA Analysis Establishes Evidence of Interbreeding Between Modern Humans and Neanderthals

DNA Analysis Establishes Evidence of Interbreeding Between Modern Humans and Neanderthals

In a rather interesting study published in the journal Nature, on Monday, scientists have thrown light on the fact that there was interbreeding among modern humans and Neanderthals, who were supposedly neighbours in Europe.

The scientists observed DNA of an ancient jawbone from a Romanian who lived in a prehistoric dark age, about 40,000 years ago. They employed improved analytical techniques to probe the ancient DNA sample and found that 6 to 9 percent of the man's DNA came from Neanderthals.

Scientists Extricate a New Species of Freakishly Horned Dinosaur; the 'Hellboy'

Scientists Extricate a New Species of Freakishly Horned Dinosaur; the 'Hellboy'

The scientists on Thursday reported the discovery of a unique species of dinosaurs identified to have a distinctive set of facial horns and spines atop a bony frill at the back its skull. The fossil was unearthed along a Canadian River bank from a hard limestone.

The ‘hellboy’ is named so, as the researches took hell lot of time to tediously excavate the embedded fossil using an electric jackhammer from the ‘evil hard rock’ and then a helicopter to lift the 1,300-pound stone on to a truck!

Scientists discover 2,000-year-old natural sea pearl

Scientists discover 2,000-year-old natural sea pearl

According to Australian scientists, they have discovered a 'very rare' 2,000-year-old natural sea pearl. It is the first pearl found on the island continent. It has been uncovered during excavation of a remote coastal Aboriginal site.

According to Kat Szabo, an associate professor at the University of Wollongong, archeologists were carrying out the excavations on the north Kimberley coast of Western Australia when they found the gem under the surface.

Archaeologists discover Ancient Gold Bongs in Russia

Archaeologists discover Ancient Gold Bongs in Russia

Archaeologists have discovered a set of solid gold bongs in Russia. According to the archaeologists, the gold bongs are quite ornate and believed to be used by Russian royalty and tribal chiefs.

The ancient golden vessels have been found in a vast grave on in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. It is the same place, which was ruled by the Scythians, also known as Scyth, between the 9th century BC and 4th century AD.

Dinosaurs: Warm-Blooded, Cold-Blooded or Somewhere in Between?

A new research by a paleontologist, published on May 29 in the journal Science, claims that dinosaurs were, in fact, warm-blooded creatures.

Our Ancestral Lineage Replenished; Study Reveals Lucy’s Evolutionary Cousin

Our Ancestral Lineage Replenished; Study Reveals Lucy’s Evolutionary Cousin

A paper published in May 28 issue of Nature describes the discovery of another ancestor of the human lineage that survived alongside ‘Lucy’ about 3.4 million years ago, thus giving the first indication that the human family was full of variety long before our own genus developed.

Before humans evolved, researchers had long thought that there was little or no diversity among the hominins. However, this latest research reveals that the species ‘Australopithecus afarensis’ represented by Lucy had a very close evolutionary cousin, a species named ‘Australopithecus deyiremeda’.

Hancock Maintains his Lost Civilization Stance in a September Release

Hancock Maintains his Lost Civilization Stance in a September Release

Graham Hancock, the controversial author, has found more evidence to support his claim of the lost civilization which was destroyed by a comet 13,000 years ago.

Hancock is releasing his latest work, titled ‘Magicians of the Gods’, containing series of geophysics and geological papers that prove his stance. Hancock argues that the existence of the comet has been masked because it struck ice and did not leave a crater.

Little boy unearths 100 million-year-old Dinosaur Fossil

Little boy unearths 100 million-year-old Dinosaur Fossil

A four-year-old kid from southeast Arlington unearthed a 100 million-year-old dinosaur fossil. The kid, Wylie Brys, unearthed the dinosaur fossil when he was searching for fish fossils in Mansfield with his father, Tim Brys. While searching for fish fossils, the little boy found a bone that even surprised paleontologists from Southern Methodist University.

Fossils of New Species of Terror Bird discovered in Argentina

Fossils of New Species of Terror Bird discovered in Argentina

Researchers have discovered fossils of a new species of terror bird in Argentina. According to reports, the species of terror bird was 10 feet fall and lived in Argentina about 3.5 million years ago. They went extinct about 2.5 million years ago.

The new species of terror bird has been named Llallawavis scagliai by the researchers. According to the researchers, they discovered more than 90 percent of the bird’s fossilized skeleton, which is the most complete terror bird specimen ever found on earth.

Neanderthals Culture could have been Richer than earlier estimates

Neanderthals Culture could have been Richer than earlier estimates

As per a novel research published in the journal PLOS ONE, jewelry may have been invented by ancient Neanderthals. Researchers from the University of Kansas said that their study may help in changing views about Neanderthals.

It is said that Neanderthals could not do much more than learning basic survival skills. A collection of eagle talons were found in Croatia. They are considered to be around 130,000 years old and bear specific marks and polished areas.

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