Latest science news in Paleontology & Archaeology

Historic swarm of locusts descends upon India, destroying crops

4 days ago from UPI

Millions of locusts have descended upon multiple states in India, destroying crops and prompting some governments to deploy drones to disperse them.

Tuning the surface gives variations to metal foils

4 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers reported how to give variations to single crystalline metal foils. Via the oxidation-led annealing plus seeded growth strategy, they obtained over 30 types of copper foils the size of...

Toronto breaks down geographic spread of COVID-19, showing local hot spots in detail for first time

4 days ago from CBC: Health

Toronto has unveiled detailed, geographic information about the spread of the novel coronavirus, marking the first time such data has been made available in Ontario during the pandemic.

Ear infections discovered in remains of humans living in Levant 15,000 years ago

4 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered evidence of ear infections in the skull remains of humans living in the Levant some 15,000 years ago.

In lean times, fierce dinosaur Allosaurus resorted to cannibalism

4 days ago from Reuters:Science

The dreaded dinosaur Allosaurus was the scourge of the Jurassic Period landscape some 150 million years ago, an apex predator just as Tyrannosaurus rex was 80 million years later during...

Minneapolis mayor calls for arrest of officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck

4 days ago from UPI

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Wednesday called for the arrest of the police officer seen in a video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed man who later died.

Woman wins $127,000 jackpot using money from making face masks

4 days ago from UPI

An Oregon woman who took up sewing face masks when she was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic said the money from her efforts scored her a $127,000 lottery...

Bertha weakens to a depression as it spreads heavy rain over Carolinas

4 days ago from UPI

A disturbance that left Miami streets underwater over the Memorial Day weekend rapidly strengthened off of the South Carolina coast Tuesday night and was named Tropical Storm Bertha for several...

Miniature rock art expands horizons

4 days ago from Science Daily

Archaeologists have discovered some of the most detailed examples of rare, small-scale rock art in the form of miniature stencils in a rockshelter traditionally owned by the Marra people. The...

Study shows erosion of ozone layer responsible for mass extinction event

4 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at the University of Southampton have shown that an extinction event 360 million years ago, that killed much of the Earth's plant and freshwater aquatic life, was caused by...

In stressed ecosystems Jurassic dinosaurs turned to scavenging, maybe even cannibalism

4 days ago from Physorg

Among dinosaurs of ancient Colorado, scavenging and possibly cannibalism were responses to a resource-scarce environment, according to a study published May 27, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by...

Initial Upper Paleolithic technology reached North China by around 41,000 years ago

4 days ago from Physorg

A wave of new technology in the Late Paleolithic had reached North China by around 41,000 years ago, according to a study published May 27, 2020 in the open-access journal...

Fisherman discovers 200-year-old shipwreck off Mexican coast

4 days ago from UPI

A fisherman off the coast of Mexico spotted a shipwreck that archaeologists determined to be more than 200 years old.

National Women's Soccer League announces 25-game tournament in Utah

4 days ago from UPI

The National Women's Soccer League announced formation of a 25-game tournament Wednesday. The Olympic-style competition will be played in June and July at three stadiums in Utah and air...

Rijksmuseum given unique painting to remember virus victims

4 days ago from Physorg

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum will display a famous 16th-century painting donated to commemorate victims of the coronavirus when it re-opens next week, almost three months after closing its doors, the museum said...

Archaeologists find Roman mosaic floor beneath a row of vines in Italy

4 days ago from UPI

Archaeologists have uncovered the remarkably well preserved mosaic floor of an Ancient Roman villa dating to the 3rd century A.D. The floor was found beneath a row of vines near...

Information technology played key role in growth of ancient civilizations

4 days ago from Science Daily

A new article shows the ability to store and process information was as critical to the growth of early human societies as it is today.

Modern biomechanical techniques used to explore ergonomic design of earliest human tools

4 days ago from Physorg

Kent's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES) and School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) have collaborated on a research project to investigate the design of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic...

Asteroid, climate change not responsible for mass extinction 215 million years ago

4 days ago from Physorg

A team of University of Rhode Island scientists and statisticians conducted a sophisticated quantitative analysis of a mass extinction that occurred 215 million years ago and found that the cause...

Chimpanzees help trace the evolution of human speech back to ancient ancestors

4 days ago from Science Daily

One of the most promising theories for the evolution of human speech has finally received support from chimpanzee communication.

Finding a genus home for Alaska's dinosaurs

4 days ago from Science Daily

A re-analysis of dinosaur skulls from northern Alaska suggests they belong to a genus Edmontosaurus, and not to the genus recently proposed by scientists in 2015.

Melting ice reveals an ancient, once-thriving trade route

4 days ago from Physorg

High in the mountains of Norway, melting ice has led to the discovery of an ancient remote mountain pass, complete with trail markers and artifacts from the Roman Iron Age...

Archaeology is changing, slowly. But it's still too tied up in colonial practices

4 days ago from Physorg

For many people, the mention of archaeology makes them think of Indiana Jones. He's the hero of the 1980s movie franchise—but any archaeologist will tell you that Indiana isn't very...

The evolutionary puzzle of the mammalian ear

4 days ago from Physorg

The vertebrate ear is a remarkable structure. Tightly encapsulated within the densest bone of the skeleton, it comprises the smallest elements of the vertebrate skeleton (auditory ossicles) and gives rise...

Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake prepares for big workload after David Johnson trade

4 days ago from UPI

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake said he has been working on his body this off-season so he can handle a large workload in 2020.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid struck at deadliest possible angle

4 days ago from UPI

According to a new study, the asteroid that snuffed out the dinosaurs struck Earth at the worst possible -- the deadliest and most destructive -- angle.

Ear infections discovered in remains of humans living in Levant 15,000 years ago

4 days ago from Physorg

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered evidence of ear infections in the skull remains of humans living in the Levant some 15,000 years ago.

Australia's megafauna roamed the tropics with first humans but then disappeared

New evidence shows climate change may have wiped out Australia's giant beasts.