By using fossil data, researchers have found that the structure of ecological communities leading up to the Permian-Triassic Extinction, one of the largest drivers of biodiversity loss in history, is a key predictor of the ecological communities that would demonstrate stability through the event.
Ancient Britons may have intentionally mummified some of their dead during the Bronze Age, according to archaeologists at the University of Sheffield.
A 20-million-year-old flea, entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, provides what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer -- an ancient strain of the bubonic plague.
Scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Bristol have revealed how pigment can be detected in mammal fossils, a discovery that may end the guesswork in determining the colors of long extinct species.
Black rice was prized in ancient times for its color and is prized in modern times for its high levels of antioxidants, but its early history has been shrouded in mystery until now. In work published in The Plant Cell this week, scientists from Japan discovered the mutation that caused black rice and how it was spread into other varieties.
Research into human fossils dating back to approximately two million years ago reveals that the hearing pattern resembles chimpanzees, but with some slight differences in the direction of humans.
According to Eder Domínguez-Ballesteros, co-author of the article 'Flint knapping and determination of human handedness. Methodological proposal with quantifiable results,' laterality is related to the way our brain is organized, and it assigns different roles to each of our limbs when a specific task is carried out. Studying laterality, its origin and development helps to understand the organization and asymmetries better, and to find out how these asymmetries have evolved throughout history.
A 9,000-year-old case of human decapitation has been found in the rock shelter of Lapa do Santo in Brazil.
Researchers in Alaska have found the earliest known evidence that Ice Age humans in North America used salmon as a food source, according to a new paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Various specimens of Africa's earliest coelacanth have been found in a 360-million-year-old fossil estuary near Grahamstown, in South Africa's Eastern Cape. More than 30 complete specimens of the new fossil species, Serenichthys kowiensis, were collected from the famous Late Devonian aged Waterloo Farm locality, by paleontologist Dr. Robert Gess and described by him in collaboration with Professor Michael Coates of the University of Chicago.