The precise dating of ancient charcoal found near a skull is helping reveal a unique period in prehistory.
Richard III is the only male to be discovered at the infamous former car-park site.
Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder.
In one of the most comprehensive studies of body size evolution ever conducted, Stanford scientists have found fresh support for Cope's rule, a theory in biology that states that animal lineages tend to evolve toward larger sizes over time.
Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as 'Indo-European languages', are the modern descendants of a language family which first emerged from a common ancestor spoken thousands of years ago. Now, a new study gives us more information on when and where it was most likely used. Using data from over 150 languages, linguists at UC-Berkeley provide evidence that this ancestor language originated 5,500 - 6,500 years ago on the Pontic-Caspian steppe.
Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea.
Neanderthals divided some of their tasks according to their sex. A study performed by the Spanish National Research Council, which analyzed 99 teeth of 19 individuals from three different sites (El Sidron, in Asturias - Spain, L'Hortus in France, and Spy in Belgium), reveals that the dental grooves in the female fossils follow the same pattern, different to that found in male individuals. The conclusions have been published in the Journal of Human Evolution.
A team of archaeologists and other researchers hope that an ancient graveyard in Italy can yield clues about the deadly bacterium that causes cholera.
Through work conducted in Arizona State University's Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory, a team of bioarchaeologists and archaeologists have been able to study the diets of 14 individuals dating back almost 2,000 years. The findings were recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
Archaeologists need to study larger areas of land and link those studies to measurable environmental, societal and demographic changes to understand variations in prehistoric societies, according to Penn State anthropologists. The large areas are necessary to say anything meaningful about human behavioral response to social and environmental events.