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2008-08-15 09:00:24

By John Noble Wilford New York Times News Service When Paul C. Sereno went hunting dinosaur bones in the Sahara, his career took a sharp turn from paleontology to archaeology. The expedition found what has proved to be the largest known graveyard of Stone Age people who lived there when the desert was green. The first traces of pottery, stone tools and human skeletons were discovered eight years ago at a site in the southern Sahara in Niger. After preliminary research, Sereno, a...

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2008-08-14 14:25:00

Researchers have uncovered the remains of a woman and two children in an ancient cemetery located in what is now the Sahara Desert. When they came across their skeletons, researchers found that the arms of the children were still extended to the woman in perpetual embrace in a cemetery that is providing an unprecedented view of how two civilizations lived there. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago and his colleagues came across the skeletons while searching for the remains of dinosaurs...

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2008-02-12 13:45:00

Archaeologists from UCLA and the University of Groningen (RUG) in the Netherlands have found the earliest evidence ever discovered of an ancient Egyptian agricultural settlement, including farmed grains, remains of domesticated animals, pits for cooking and even floors for what appear to be dwellings, the National Geographic Society announced today. The findings, which were unearthed in 2006 and are still being analyzed, also suggest possible trade links with the Red Sea, including a...

2006-08-04 08:14:44

JERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen dressed in police uniforms on Friday broke into a prison in the West Bank city of Jericho and shot dead six Palestinian inmates, security sources said.

2006-03-14 11:43:52

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The United States called for calm and restraint by both the Palestinians and the Israelis on Tuesday after Israeli forces stormed a West Bank prison following the withdrawal of British monitors. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, who is traveling with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Indonesia, said the United States had been in touch with both sides to appeal for calm. "We want to see this resolved as quickly and peacefully as possible," he...

2006-03-14 11:42:37

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The United States called for calm and restraint by both the Palestinians and the Israelis on Tuesday after Israeli forces stormed a West Bank prison following the withdrawal of British monitors. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, who is traveling with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Indonesia, said the United States had been in touch with both sides to appeal for calm. "We want to see this resolved as quickly and peacefully as possible," he...

2005-11-29 16:21:40

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Archaeologists in northern Greece have uncovered traces of two prehistoric farming settlements dating back as early as 6,000 B.C., the Culture Ministry said Monday. The first site, located on a plot earmarked for coal mining by Greece's Public Power Corporation, yielded five human burials, as well as artifacts including clay figurines of humans and animals, sealstones, pottery and stone tools. The ministry said the one-acre site near Ptolemaida, some 330 miles northwest...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'