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Human arrival in Australia pushed back by 18 thousand years

Human arrival in Australia pushed back by 18 thousand years

A new analysis of ancient tools by a team of archaeologists from the University of Queensland has suggested that humans left Africa and arrived in Australia far earlier than previously thought.

It has long been thought that modern humans or Homo sapiens existed on the African continent as far back as 200,000 years ago; and early humans arrived in Australia arrived nearly 47,000 years ago.

Researchers discover first evidence of life on land

Researchers discover first evidence of life on land

Fossil evidence of early life discovered decades ago in old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara area of Western Australia is expected to shed more light on the evolution of early life on Earth.

After making a fresh analysis of the fossil, researchers estimated that the fossil evidence dates back almost 3.48 billion years. The estimated date of the fossil extends the previous known evidence of life at land-based hot springs on our planet by nearly 3 billion years.

Humans Inherit Nearly 5 Percent of their Genes from Neanderthals

Humans Inherit Nearly 5 Percent of their Genes from Neanderthals

Neanderthals went extinct nearly 30,000 years ago but many of their genes are still carried on my current human race. In a new study conducted on some fossils found in the Iberian Peninsula, south of Spain, in Gibraltar, researchers have found that we inherit some of our genes to Neanderthals. Many research teams have analyzed these fossils and have provided important information about Neanderthals. Home Sapiens and Neanderthals might have interbred in many regions in the past and that could have resulted in transfer of some genes to modern day humans.

Humans Arrived in North America Nearly 10,000 Years Earlier than Past Estimates: Study

Humans Arrived in North America Nearly 10,000 Years Earlier than Past Estimates: Study

Humans arrived in North America nearly 14,000 years ago as per earlier estimates but a new research conducted by researchers from Université de Montréal' and University of Oxford claims that humans might have reached North America around 24,000 years ago. The study team made these claims after evaluating animal bones found in the northwestern Yukon's Bluefish caves in Canada. The bones have imprints from human-made tools. Some of the bones found in the northwestern Yukon's Bluefish caves are as old as 24,000 years.

Science and Literacy in Modern Day Egypt

Science and Literacy in Modern Day Egypt

Thanks to ancient Egypt, the world has benefited from a slew of advancements in the field of science. Ancient Egyptians were leaders in scientific discoveries and innovations, most of which are still being used today, like traditional calendars.

6000-year-old fabric found in Peru indicates dyeing of textiles with Indigo: Research

6000-year-old fabric found in Peru indicates dyeing of textiles with Indigo: Research

Discovery of the oldest indigo-dyed fabric from Peru has pushed back the earliest use of indigo by 1,500 years. Around 6,000 years back, the blue indigo dye was used by pre-Hispanic communities in Peru.

The findings published in Science Advances are based on the assessment of blue pigment a piece of cotton fabric found at an archaeological site in Huaca Prieta, Peru. With the use of highly sensitive equipment known as high-performance liquid chromatography, the researchers were able to know the source of blue pigment.

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3.7-billion-year-old fossils found in Greenland act as oldest physical evidence of life on earth

3.7-billion-year-old fossils found in Greenland act as oldest physical evidence of life on earth

Fossils dating back 3.7 billion years and termed as the oldest physical evidence on earth have been discovered in Greenland. If the findings turn out to be true then they would act as a treasure trove providing vital information on ancient living organisms as well clues about similar sings of possible ancient life forms on planet Mars.

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Mona Island caves shed light on dialogue between Europeans and Native Americans

Mona Island caves shed light on dialogue between Europeans and Native Americans

Archaeologists have discovered evidence as to how the first generations of Europeans in the Americas have mingled with indigenous population. Researchers from the British Museum and the University of Leicester have come to know through inscriptions found in the caves of a remote Caribbean island.

The research paper published in Antiquity is based on the finding of a large collection of early colonial inscriptions and commentaries being written by named individuals within a cave system provide an insight into dialogue between Europeans and Native Americans.

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Research Vessel Neil Armstrong starts decades of long career at Woods Hole Port

Research Vessel Neil Armstrong starts decades of long career at Woods Hole Port

The research vessel Neil Armstrong, especially designed to carry out advanced ocean research in any part of the world, arrived at its port at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Massachusetts on Wednesday. The 238-ft ship was welcomed by many guests invited for the event, which included Armstrong family and a space station commander.

Newton’s handwritten mid-17th-century document unveils his alchemical reading

Newton’s handwritten mid-17th-century document unveils his alchemical reading

The Chemical Heritage Foundation, a non-profit based in Philadelphia, has been able to get control of Isaac Newton’s manuscript through an auction carried out in February 2016. For most of the 20th century, the mid-17th century handwritten manuscript was in private hands.

The document has the formulas that Newton once hoped to use in his alchemic work. Among them include the instructions required to create sophick mercury, a substance needed to make the legendary Philosopher’s stone.

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