Paleontology

Mysterious structures represent earliest known constructions made by Neanderthals

Mysterious structures represent earliest known constructions made by Neanderthals

Scientists have discovered a dozen mysterious structures in the Bruniquel Cave, which are considered to be built by Neanderthals 176,000 years ago. The structures described in the journal Nature are made of roughly 400 pieces of stalagmites.

All of them are roughly of the same size. According to archaeologists, the formations were probably broken off the cave floor and then intentionally arranged into two large rings and a series of four round piles up to 14 inches long.

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Multi-cellular organisms evolved as early as 1.5 billion years ago

Multi-cellular organisms evolved as early as 1.5 billion years ago

Fossils found in China unveil that complex life on earth began more than 1.5 billion years ago. Researchers mentioned in the journal Nature Communications said that they have uncovered fossils, which show that multi-cellular organisms have evolved as early as 1.5 billion years ago.

The fossils were uncovered in the Yanshan region of Hebei province in China. Maoyan Zhu, a professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and colleagues has found 167 measurable fossils. The largest fossil measured 30 centimeters by 8 centimeters.

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Fossils of two species highlight about truck-sized, plant-munching, horned dinosaurs

Fossils of two species highlight about truck-sized, plant-munching, horned dinosaurs

Two dinosaurs have been lately discovered in the western US states- Montana and Utah. Both of them appeared towards the end of their period on earth. Main features that attracted scientists towards the find are their exotic appearance, including fanciful horns and spikes.

The fossils provide new insights into an important group of truck-sized, four-legged, plant-munching, horned dinosaurs that used to roam on earth in the Cretaceous Period. Both the dinosaurs are the members of ceratopsians, which included the much known Triceratops.

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Researchers find evidence suggesting first people in Americas came before Clovis people

Researchers find evidence suggesting first people in Americas came before Clovis people

The journal Science Advances reported findings from Aucilla River, which had Stone tools and mastodon bones at its bottom. Scientists after studying the samples found in Florida River concluded about humans who lived in the region 14,550 years ago, a period earlier than previously believed for human habitation more than 1,500 years ago.

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People were hunting and foraging in what is now Florida 14,500 years ago: Archaeologists

People were hunting and foraging in what is now Florida 14,500 years ago: Archaeologists

On Friday, archaeologists said that 14,500 years back people were hunting and foraging in what is presently Florida, in a discovery that could lead to a debate over the arrival of the earliest Americans.

With the help of a scuba gear, the team of researchers dived into a murky, 20-foot-deep hole within a river for the recovery of the mastodon bones, stone tools and other artifacts that have indicated that people had pushed all the way throughput the continent thousands of years prior to the conventional wisdom had them even making their way in North America.

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Youngest mummified human fetus to date from ancient Egypt unearthed

Youngest mummified human fetus to date from ancient Egypt unearthed

British experts said that the youngest mummified human fetus from ancient Egypt so far, has been found in an archeological discovery, shedding light on the preciousness of the unborn child during that time.

With the help of a special CT scan method, Fitzwilliam Museum researchers in Cambridge, United Kingdom, have measured the age of the unborn baby and estimated that the pregnancy remained for 16 to 18 weeks.

The British School of Archaeology had dug the 44-centimeter-long (about 17 inches) coffin at Giza back in 1907.

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Archeologists Find Flake of Oldest Axe

Archeologists Find Flake of Oldest Axe

Archeologists have got their hands on a small stone flake from the north-western region of the Australian continent and the flake is the residue of the earliest known axe with a handle. The size of the flake is as small as a fingernail and is made of basalt. One end of the sliver is ground smooth and it is being predicted to be as old as 44,000-49,000 years. The period coincides with the time when humans had started settling in Australia. The time period of the flake is several thousand years prior to the age of similar stone instruments that have been discovered.

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Over a ton of fossils discovered near James Ross Island in Antarctica

Over a ton of fossils discovered near James Ross Island in Antarctica

Huge trove of fossils dating back between 71 million and 64 million years ago has been discovered in Antarctica. The discovery was not an easy one as researchers were required to overcome extreme weather conditions and icy obstacles to reach at the destination.

Researchers have discovered dinosaur fossils and remains of early fossils. They have also discovered fossils belonging to marine reptiles, including remains of plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. Researchers did not give up even after making many failed attempts.

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Half-dozen Primate Fossils unearthed from China may solve Evolution of Primates

Half-dozen Primate Fossils unearthed from China may solve Evolution of Primates

Fossils of six new species discovered in China may shed light on evolution of primates. These furry creatures lived in southern China approximately 34 million years ago, as per a study conducted by a group of researchers.

The fossils are of six extinct primate species that were previously unknown, announced researchers on Thursday. Four of the creatures are alike lemurs of Madagascar, one seems like Philippines’ tarsiers, and the remaining primate species is similar to monkey.

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North America's First Monkeys Could Have Rafted Over to Panama on Vegetation: Research

North America's First Monkeys Could Have Rafted Over to Panama on Vegetation: Research

New fossils of monkeys unearthed in Panama may shed light on North America's first monkey. Previously, it was believed that monkey ancestors migrated to North America from South America no earlier than four million years ago, but a new analysis pushes the tale of ancient migration to 21 million years ago.

Before the recent discovery of seven monkey teeth in Panama, historians believed that monkey ancestors first landed on the North American soil some four million years ago when both the continents became one.

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