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A new study shows that users on social news sites view a comment differently based on the judgement of users before them
August 08, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
A new study finds that across cultures, time and space, we consistently see more violence as temperatures rise and rainfall becomes more erratic
August 01, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
A huge proportion of archaeological sites have been ransacked
July 31, 2013 | By Rose Eveleth
If you find a dinosaur fossil on private land, it's yours to do with as you please
July 30, 2013 | By Colin Schultz
The only marker on the coffin lid is a cross, but the person must have been of high social status to warrant such an elaborate burial
July 30, 2013 | By Rachel Nuwer
Thanks to their cool, oxygen-poor conditions, bogs are a hostile environment for microbes—and a great environment for inadvertently embalming bodies
July 29, 2013 | By Rachel Nuwer
A large, fortified building was found outside Jerusalem. Some archaeologists claim it to be the palace of the biblical King David
July 22, 2013 | By Colin Schultz
Sauropods were the largest animals ever to live and their constantly replaced teeth helped them avoid wear from the gargantuan amount of greens they constantly munched on
July 18, 2013 | By Rachel Nuwer
24 feet tall and three feet wide, these giant spires dotted the ancient landscape
July 17, 2013 | By Colin Schultz
The young woman was either poisoned or strangled with a cord, then dumped into a pit.
July 17, 2013 | By Mary Beth Griggs
Scientists in the UK have developed a novel idea for taking the temperature of the earth thousands of years in the past—by using tiny lumps of calcium carbonate found in earthworm poop. In theory, archaeologists can use these lumps to find out exactly what the temperature was at almost any archeological site, by looking at [...]
July 10, 2013 | By Mary Beth Griggs
The advent of open fire cooking began with Homo erectus
July 03, 2013 | By Colin Schultz
Plant impressions found underneath a pair of ancient humans in Israel indicate they were buried ceremonially, atop a bed of flowers
July 01, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
Tim McCoy’s astronomy course is helping to revive the words of the Miami tribe
July 2013 | By Abigail Tucker
Polish archaeologist Milosz Giersz was terrified that looters would make their way to the site, so he and his colleagues excavated the site in complete secrecy for months.
June 27, 2013 | By Mary Beth Griggs
Libya’s civil war might be over, but the aftershocks of the revolution are still reverberating through the country.
June 27, 2013 | By Mary Beth Griggs
The Manchester Museum released time-lapse footage of an ancient Egyptian statue slowly rotating in its sealed case. The statue, of an official named Neb-senu, dates back to around 1,800 BC, and was given to the museum 80 years ago.
June 26, 2013 | By Mary Beth Griggs
Our uncommon shoulder flexibility allows us to hurl things at high speeds compared to other primates—a trait we likely evolved for hunting two million years ago
June 26, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg
The ancient Mayan city of Chactun was once a metropolis with around 35,000 inhabitants. It was abandoned completely well over 1,000 years ago, and lost to scholars until this year.
June 25, 2013 | By Mary Beth Griggs
Newly excavated fossils tell us more about the cow-sized, plant-eating Bunostegos akokanensis, which roamed Pangea around 260 million years ago
June 24, 2013 | By Joseph Stromberg