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Microscopic Diamonds Suggest Cosmic Impact Responsible For Major Period Of Climate Change

Emily Murphy, University of Chicago Press A new study published in The Journal of Geology provides support for the theory that a cosmic impact event over North America some 13,000 years ago caused a major period of climate change known as the...

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Earlier Stone Age Artifacts Discovered In Northern Cape Of South Africa
2014-07-28 03:31:41

University of Toronto Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto (U of T), in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa. The archaeologists’ research on the Kathu Townlands site, one...

Study Questions Younger Dryas Event Comet Theories
2014-05-14 07:31:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Approximately 128,000 years ago, near the end of the last Ice Age, there was a brief episode of glacial conditions called the Younger Dryas event. The Younger Dryas, named for a flower that flourished during this time, lasted about 1,000 years. There has been quite a bit of controversy in the scientific community regarding what might have initiated the event—with a wide range of theories, including one that has the event caused by...

Breakthrough On Understanding Demographic History Of Stone-Age Humans
2014-04-25 03:18:05

Uppsala University An international team led by researchers at Uppsala University and Stockholm University reports a breakthrough on understanding the demographic history of Stone-Age humans. A genomic analysis of eleven Stone-Age human remains from Scandinavia revealed that expanding Stone-age farmers assimilated local hunter-gatherers and that the hunter-gatherers were historically in lower numbers than the farmers. The study is published today, ahead of print, in the journal Science....

Researchers Casting New Light On Diet Of Ancient Pacific Settlers
2014-03-06 13:48:55

University of Otago Researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago studying 3000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific Islands are casting new light on the diet and lives of the enigmatic Lapita people, the likely ancestors of Polynesians. Their results—obtained from analyzing stable isotope ratios of three elements in the bone collagen of 49 adults buried at the Teouma archaeological site on Vanuatu's Efate Island—suggest that its early Lapita...

Prehistoric Hearth Provides Evidence That Early Humans Used Fire 300,000 Years Ago
2014-01-28 04:22:17

[ Watch the Video: How Did Cavemen Just Get A Whole Lot Hotter? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New findings reported in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggest that prehistoric humans were able to control and use fire at their will. A team of Israeli scientists discovered the earliest evidence of unequivocal repeated fire building over a continuous period in the Qesem Cave. This evidence, found at an archaeological site near present-day Rosh Ha’ayin,...

Large Mammals Of Younger Dryas Wiped Out By Asteroid
2013-09-03 06:40:55

[ Watch the Video: Younger Dryas Impact Wiped Out Large Mammals ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists long fascinated with trying to understand a dramatic global climate shift have revealed new evidence that could explain a few things. A new study, funded by the National Science Foundation and to be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Early Edition, has found that a cataclysmic asteroid or comet impact in the...

Petroglyphs In Nevada Are The Oldest In North America
2013-08-14 04:56:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Petroglyphs cut into boulders in at the Winnemucca Lake site in western Nevada have been identified as the oldest known rock engravings in North America, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) report in a new study. High-tech analysis conducted by CU-Boulder adjunct curator of anthropology Larry Benson and his colleagues has revealed that the petroglyphs, which are cut into several boulders at a location...

Archaeologists Discover World's Oldest Calendar In Scotland
2013-07-15 13:02:07

[ Watch the Video: The Beginning Of Time? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Archaeology experts say they have made a remarkable discover of what could potentially be the world's oldest "calendar." The ancient calendar dates back to around 8,000 BC, predating the first formal time-measuring devices known to man by nearly 5,000 years. The scientists wrote in the journal Internet Archaeology that they believe that understanding when time began to get logged is...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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