Paeleontology / 68 posts found

Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

by Dave Sadler
A newly discovered species of dinosaur has been identified from an extraordinarily complete Chinese fossil almost destroyed by dynamite. It was preserved raising its beaked head, with feathered wings outstretched in the mud it was mired in when it died 72 million years ago. The…

Middle Stone Age ochre processing tools reveal cultural and behavioural complexity

by Dave Sadler
Middle Stone Age humans in East Africa may have employed varied techniques to process ochre for functional and symbolic uses, according to a study published November 2, 2016 in the open-access journal…

Dog’s tooth leads to discovery of earliest known journey in UK history

by Dave Sadler
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of what they believe is the earliest known journey in British history: a 250-mile trip from York to Wiltshire made 7,000 years ago by a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer and his dog. Scientific…

Humans may have occupied Southern Cone 14,000 years ago

by Dave Sadler
Humans may have occupied the Southern Cone 14,000 years ago, according to a study published September 28, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gustavo Politis from CONICET and the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires,…

A massive wall at Cal Orcko in southern Bolivia reveals more than 5,000 dinosaur footsteps

by Dave Sadler
Situated near the city of Sucre, the huge Cal Orck’o archaeological site is located on a cliff just 5kms from the city center. It has a slope of 73 degrees, is 80 meters (260…

Prehistoric skull surgery could help prevent half of brain injury deaths, study suggests

by Dave Sadler
The prehistoric practice of removing part of the skull to relieve pressure in the brain could prevent half of deaths from traumatic brain injury, a new study suggests. Craniectomy,…

Cardiff Giant: ‘America’s Biggest Hoax’

by Dave Sadler
The Cardiff Giant, sometimes referred to as “America’s Biggest Hoax,” is a 10-foot-long stone figure that was touted as a petrified giant. It was created during the 1860s by George Hull, a businessman from Binghamton, New York, and briefly captured the imaginations…

Volunteers chew bones to help identify marks of earliest human chefs

by Dave Sadler
Ancient archaeological sites are also often ancient Ancient archaeological sites are also often ancient paleontological sites, too. Animal bones found there may have been brought and deposited there by non-human predators.…
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