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Inks Containing Lead Likely Used as Drier on Ancient Egyptian Papyri

Analyzing 12 ancient Egyptian papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy, University of Copenhagen researchers were surprised to find previously unknown lead compounds in both red...

DNA From an Unidentified Ancestor Was Passed Down to Humans Living Today

A new analysis of ancient genomes suggests that different branches of the human family tree interbred multiple times, and that some humans carry DNA...

New Fossil Shows Ancient ‘Hell Ants’ Hunted With Killer Headgear

A fossil recently recovered from the age of the dinosaurs is giving scientists the most vivid picture yet of how one of the most...

TESS Dates an Ancient Collision With Our Galaxy

An international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham adopted the novel approach of applying the forensic characterization of a single ancient,...

Stanford-Led Research Shows Huge Die-Off in Ancient Biosphere

Clues from Canadian rocks formed billions of year ago reveal a previously unknown loss of life even greater than that of the mass extinction...

Scientists Develop New Method for Studying Early Life in Ancient Rocks

Scientists have developed a new method for detecting traces of primordial life in ancient rock formations using potassium. The method relies on searching for high...

The Ancient Crocodile That Preyed on Dinosaurs

Two fossils, one found more than a century ago and another collected 70 years later, were the clues that enabled a Masters student to...

Ancient DNA Tools Help Scientists Study Evolution From the Source

Archaeologists learn about the past by piecing together artifacts from material culture: The tools, artwork and architecture left behind that tell us how ancient...

The Remarkable Skill of Ancient Peru’s Cranial Surgeons

Even with a highly skilled neurosurgeon, the most effective anesthesia, and all the other advances of modern medicine, most of us would cringe at...

Scientists Have Analyzed First Ancient Human DNA From Southeast Asia

The first whole-genome analyses of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia reveal that there were at least three major waves of human migration into...

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