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Tooth Analysis Suggests Neanderthals and Modern Humans Split Apart Far Earlier Than We Thought Tooth Analysis Suggests Neanderthals and Modern Humans Split Apart Far Earlier Than We Thought

Dental evidence suggests Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor around 800,000 years ago—hundreds of thousands of years earlier than standard estimates. The finding could finally reveal the provenance of our shared ancestry, but some experts say the new evidence is unconvincing.

Archaeological Mystery Deepens as More ‘Jars of the Dead’ Uncovered in Laos Archaeological Mystery Deepens as More ‘Jars of the Dead’ Uncovered in Laos

An ancient burial practice involving the use of massive stone jars seems to have been more widespread in Southeast Asia than once assumed, owing to a surprising trove of new discoveries in Laos.

5,000-Year-Old Grave Reveals Mass Murder of a Bronze Age Family 5,000-Year-Old Grave Reveals Mass Murder of a Bronze Age Family

All 15 people found in a Bronze Age mass grave in southern Poland were killed by a blow to the head, yet their bodies were buried together with great care and consideration. Genetic evidence now suggests these individuals were members of the same extended family—a finding that’s casting new light on a tumultuous era…

Beach Sands Near Hiroshima Are Still Packed With 1945 Nuclear Fallout Debris Beach Sands Near Hiroshima Are Still Packed With 1945 Nuclear Fallout Debris

Unusual and abundant glassy spheres found packed within the beach sands near the Japanese city of Hiroshima are remnants of the 1945 atomic bomb explosion, according to new research.

You’ll Soon Be Able to See a Twice-Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Up-Close in Houston You’ll Soon Be Able to See a Twice-Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Up-Close in Houston

An upcoming exhibit at Space Center Houston will feature the core section of the Falcon 9 rocket used in two NASA missions.

Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests Finnish and Estonian Languages Came From Siberia Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests Finnish and Estonian Languages Came From Siberia

Northern Europeans who speak Uralic languages, such as Estonian and Finnish, can thank ancient migrating Siberian populations for their dialects, according to a fascinating new study that combined genetics, archaeology, and linguistics.

Some Deep-Sea Fish Can See Color in Near Total Darkness Some Deep-Sea Fish Can See Color in Near Total Darkness

A newly discovered visual system in deep-sea fish could allow them to discern predators from prey in the low-light conditions found at the bottom of the ocean, new research suggests.

Failed SpaceX Parachute Test Is Yet Another Setback for NASA’s Crew Program Failed SpaceX Parachute Test Is Yet Another Setback for NASA’s Crew Program

A recent parachute test of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule “was not satisfactory,” a NASA official said during a House subcommittee hearing yesterday. Few details were disclosed, but it’s now looking even less likely that NASA will have the capability to fly astronauts to space anytime soon.

New Analysis Debunks Controversial Claim About the Origin of Humanity New Analysis Debunks Controversial Claim About the Origin of Humanity

Humans evolved from a group of ape-like hominins known as Australopithecine, but scientists aren’t such which species is our direct ancestor. A new statistical analysis has found it highly unlikely that one particular candidate, Australopithecus sediba, is ancestral to humans—a finding that could finally end this…

Adorable Jurassic Dinosaur May Have Flown With Bat-Like Wings Adorable Jurassic Dinosaur May Have Flown With Bat-Like Wings

During the Jurassic period, various dinosaurs experimented with different forms of powered flight. The discovery of a new dinosaur species in China suggests some of these pioneering flyers evolved webbed fingers and an elongated forelimb, allowing them to fly in a distinctly bat-like fashion.

1,000-Year-Old Psychedelic Drug Kit Contains Traces of Cocaine and Ayahuasca 1,000-Year-Old Psychedelic Drug Kit Contains Traces of Cocaine and Ayahuasca

Archaeologists in the Bolivian Andes have discovered a 1,000-year-old ritual bundle—basically a stash of drug paraphernalia—containing traces five different psychoactive substances, including cocaine and the active ingredients found in ayahuasca.

A Martian Dust Devil Swept Right Over NASA’s InSight Lander A Martian Dust Devil Swept Right Over NASA’s InSight Lander

The InSight lander seems to have been hit by one of Mars’ famous dust devils, but don’t worry—the NASA probe is just fine. If anything, the sudden blast of wind helped to clear off some annoying dust that had been collecting on the probe’s solar panels. The passing wind vortex also produced some cool science.

Nanoparticle ISS Experiment Could Lead to New Anti-Aging Therapies Nanoparticle ISS Experiment Could Lead to New Anti-Aging Therapies

An upcoming experiment aboard the International Space Station will test the effects of microgravity on living cells mixed with tiny ceramic particles. The test could result in powerful new antioxidants to treat the deleterious effects of prolonged exposure to space as well as various age-related diseases.

Newly Discovered Cousin of T. Rex Was a Pint-Sized Killer Newly Discovered Cousin of T. Rex Was a Pint-Sized Killer

Paleontologists have identified a previously unknown relative of T. rex that stood just below 3 feet at the hip. The discovery is shedding new light on the evolutionary origins of tyrannosaurs, while providing a glimpse of these fearsome creatures before they reached enormous sizes.

Evidence of Arsenic-Breathing Microbial Life Found in Pacific Ocean Evidence of Arsenic-Breathing Microbial Life Found in Pacific Ocean

Researchers working off the coast of Mexico have discovered evidence of arsenic-breathing life in oxygen-starved waters. These resilient microbes are a vestige of Earth’s ancient past, but they could also be a sign of things to come under the influence of climate change.

Yep, That SpaceX Crew Capsule Was Definitely Destroyed During Failed Ground Test, Company Confirms Yep, That SpaceX Crew Capsule Was Definitely Destroyed During Failed Ground Test, Company Confirms

After weeks of speculation, SpaceX has finally admitted that a Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during a test of system’s abort thrusters on April 20. No cause was given for the anomaly, nor were any new details disclosed about possible delays to NASA’s languishing Commercial Crew Program.

Running Dinosaur Robot Reveals a Possible Way Dinos May Have Evolved Flight Running Dinosaur Robot Reveals a Possible Way Dinos May Have Evolved Flight

Using robotic and animal models, researchers have shown that some dinosaurs were already flapping their rudimentary wings as a side effect of running, prior to evolving the ability to fly. The finding offers a unique perspective on the origins of flight, but experts say more evidence is needed.

Treasure Trove of Ice Age Animal Remains Found in Submerged Mexican Cave Treasure Trove of Ice Age Animal Remains Found in Submerged Mexican Cave

Bones from an extinct short-faced bear and a wolf-life carnivore are among the many fascinating remains pulled from a submerged cave in Mexico. The discoveries provide a glimpse into the kinds of animals that lived in Central America during the last Ice Age.

Astonishing Denisovan Fossil Discovery Traced Back to Buddhist Monk Astonishing Denisovan Fossil Discovery Traced Back to Buddhist Monk

The archaeology world is abuzz today with news of the first Denisovan fossil found outside of Siberia. The 160,000-year-old jawbone was uncovered by a Buddhist monk in a Chinese cave nearly 40 years ago—an aspect of this story that’s as intriguing as it is frustrating.

Jawbone Fossil Reveals More About the Denisovans, a Mysterious Species that Mated With Modern Humans Jawbone Fossil Reveals More About the Denisovans, a Mysterious Species that Mated With Modern Humans

In 2010, archaeologists found evidence of a previously unknown hominin, the Denisovans, in a Siberian cave. Researchers are now reporting the discovery of a 160,000-year-old Denisovan jawbone pulled from a cave on the Tibetan Plateau. The fossil is now the first evidence of this mysterious human species outside of…

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