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Sunken Russian Warship Rumored to Contain 200 Tons of Gold Discovered Near South Korea Sunken Russian Warship Rumored to Contain 200 Tons of Gold Discovered Near South Korea

A missing Russian Imperial Navy cruiser said to contain 200 tons of gold bullion worth an estimated $133 billion has been discovered after being lost at sea for 113 years.

Experts Say Recent ‘Alien’ Mummy Study Was Deeply Flawed and Unethical Experts Say Recent ‘Alien’ Mummy Study Was Deeply Flawed and Unethical

Earlier this year, scientists from Stanford University concluded that a strange skeleton known as the Atacama Mummy belonged to a human girl whose physical malformations were the result of several severe genetic mutations. A team of international experts is now questioning these findings, and accusing the scientists…

Discovery of 14,000-Year-Old Toast Suggests Bread Can Be Added to Paleo Diet Discovery of 14,000-Year-Old Toast Suggests Bread Can Be Added to Paleo Diet

Archaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of bread-making at a site in northeastern Jordan. Dating back some 14,400 years, the discovery shows that ancient hunter-gatherers were making and eating bread 4,000 years before the Neolithic era and the introduction of agriculture. So much for the “Paleo Diet”…

An Earthquake Damaged a Pyramid in Mexico—and Exposed an Aztec Temple Hidden Below An Earthquake Damaged a Pyramid in Mexico—and Exposed an Aztec Temple Hidden Below

On September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico, killing nearly 370 people. But something good has come from this tragic event: The quake damaged an ancient pyramid, revealing a previously unknown Aztec temple underneath.

Ötzi the Iceman’s Final Meal Was Surprisingly Hearty Ötzi the Iceman’s Final Meal Was Surprisingly Hearty

Since the discovery of his mummified body nearly 30 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman has provided scientists with heaps of information about Copper Age Europeans. An updated analysis of his stomach contents is providing a glimpse into the iceman’s final meal, which was remarkably high in fats.

Discovery of Stone Tools in China Shows Early Humans Left Africa Over 2 Million Years Ago Discovery of Stone Tools in China Shows Early Humans Left Africa Over 2 Million Years Ago

Archaeologists working in the Shangchen region of China have uncovered dozens of stone tools, the oldest of which date back 2.1 million years, making them the earliest known evidence of a human presence outside of Africa.

Humans Didn’t Evolve From a Single Ancestral Population Humans Didn’t Evolve From a Single Ancestral Population

In the 1980s, scientists learned that all humans living today are descended from a woman, dubbed “Mitochondrial Eve,” who lived in Africa between 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. This discovery, along with other evidence, suggested humans evolved from a single ancestral population—an interpretation that is not standing…

A Toddler Who Lived 3 Million Years Ago Could Walk Upright and Capably Climb Trees A Toddler Who Lived 3 Million Years Ago Could Walk Upright and Capably Climb Trees

A re-analysis of a three-million-year-old fossil suggests Australopithecus afarensis, an early hominid, had children who were as capable on two feet as they were in the trees—an important discovery that’s shedding new light on this critical stage in hominid evolution.

Incredible Website Shows Amsterdam's History Through 700,000 Pieces of Old Garbage Incredible Website Shows Amsterdam's History Through 700,000 Pieces of Old Garbage

Rivers in cities can easily fill with heaps full of trash, lost things, and industrial waste. But if the city has been around for a while, all of that garbage can tell an incredible story.

Skull of Crushed Pompeii Victim Found ‘Intact’ Skull of Crushed Pompeii Victim Found ‘Intact’

Last month, archaeologists in Italy found the skeletal remains of a Pompeii resident who apparently had his head crushed by a giant rock while fleeing the eruption some 2,000 years ago. The victim’s skull has now been recovered, and its surprisingly pristine condition suggests an alternative cause of death.

Extinct Gibbon Species Found in Tomb of Ancient Chinese Noblewoman Extinct Gibbon Species Found in Tomb of Ancient Chinese Noblewoman

A certain Chinese noblewoman—potentially Lady Xia, grandmother to the first emperor of China—had a menagerie buried with her in her tomb: a leopard, a crane, an asiatic black bear, a lynx, and, most notably, a gibbon. That gibbon was part of newly identified, now-extinct genus and species, researchers reported Thursday…

Final Days of Ötzi the Iceman Revealed Through New Analysis of His Tools Final Days of Ötzi the Iceman Revealed Through New Analysis of His Tools

Ötzi the Iceman is the gift that keeps on giving. Found embedded in a glacier in 1991, the 5,300-year-old mummy has offered unprecedented insights into Copper Age Europe. A new analysis of Ötzi’s equipment shows what he was up to in the hours before an archer drove an arrow straight into his back.

Human Activity Has Been Chemically Changing the Earth Since Well Before the Industrial Revolution Human Activity Has Been Chemically Changing the Earth Since Well Before the Industrial Revolution

It’s no secret that modern humans, with our fuel-burning cars, massive ranching and agriculture practices, and penchant for disposable goods, have had a huge impact on nearly every environment across the globe. But new research shows that even our ancestors in the Bronze Age changed the chemistry of the soils they…

These Are the Oldest Known Footprints on the Planet These Are the Oldest Known Footprints on the Planet

An international team of researchers is claiming to have discovered the world’s oldest footprints. Dating back a whopping 550 million years and found in a limestone bed in China, the prints were made by an unknown sea creature that was undoubtedly very strange.

Ingenious Technique Explains How Easter Island Statues May Have Gotten Their Giant Hats Ingenious Technique Explains How Easter Island Statues May Have Gotten Their Giant Hats

Some of Easter Island’s moai statues are adorned with large red hats, the heaviest of which weigh as much as 13 tons. Archaeologists have to struggled to understand how these hats were positioned atop the iconic heads, but a new explanation may finally hold the answer—and it’s surprisingly simple.

Ancient Egyptian Mummified 'Hawk' Is Actually a Stillborn Human Baby Ancient Egyptian Mummified 'Hawk' Is Actually a Stillborn Human Baby

High-resolution micro-CT scanning has shown that an Egyptian mummy thought to be a bird is really a stillborn human baby, a surprising discovery that’s providing a rare glimpse into the complex cultural practices that existed some 2,100 years ago.

Something Completely Unexpected Happened to the First Settlers of South America Something Completely Unexpected Happened to the First Settlers of South America

As the last Ice Age was coming to an end, and as the first settlers arrived in North America, two distinct populations emerged. One of these groups would eventually go on to settle South America, but as new genetic evidence shows, these two ancestral groups—after being separated for thousands of years—had an…

Pompeii Resident Had His Head Crushed by a Giant Stone While Fleeing Eruption Pompeii Resident Had His Head Crushed by a Giant Stone While Fleeing Eruption

The first major discovery at a new excavation site in Pompeii is turning out to be something right out of a disaster movie.

A Bizarre Bone Ritual Followed a Grisly Iron Age Battle in Denmark A Bizarre Bone Ritual Followed a Grisly Iron Age Battle in Denmark

To the victor go the spoils, or in some cases, the bodies of a vanquished enemy, as the discovery of remnants from an Iron Age battle in Denmark demonstrates.

There's No Secret Chamber Behind King Tut's Tomb, Investigation Concludes There's No Secret Chamber Behind King Tut's Tomb, Investigation Concludes

Using ground-penetrating radar, three independent teams of researchers failed to detect the presence of doors or empty spaces behind the walls of King Tut’s funeral chamber. It’s a disappointing result, as archaeologists were hoping to find the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti.

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