Archaeology & Paleontology

Archaeologists uncover amphitheatre used to train gladiators near Vienna

Archaeologists say they have located and excavated the ruins of a huge amphitheatre used to train gladiators east of Vienna, describing it as a "sensational discovery".

Archaeologists to raise ancient Egyptian ship

Egyptian and Japanese archaeologists on Thursday began to unearth an ancient boat belonging to King Khufu and buried near the Giza pyramids for more than 4,500 years.

Scientists trying to clone, resurrect extinct mammoth

Instead of Jurassic Park, try Pleistocene Park. A team of scientists from Japan, Russia and the United States hopes to clone a mammoth, a symbol of Earth’s ice age that ended 12,000 years ago, according to a report in Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun. The ...

Archaeologists Find Mini-Pompeii Buried in Norway

Pompeii just moved north. The ancient Roman city, which was covered in ash after the sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, now has competition from a buried town that has been unearthed in Norway.

First humans arrived in Britain 250,000 years earlier than thought

A spectacular haul of ancient flint tools has been recovered from a beach in Norfolk, pushing back the date of the first known human occupation of Britain by up to 250,000 years.

Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans

NICHOLAS WADE The New York Times 08.05.2010
Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans

Neanderthals mated with some modern humans after all and left their imprint in the human genome, a team of biologists has reported in the first detailed analysis of the Neanderthal genetic sequence.

Testing the Waters 05.12.2008
Testing the Waters

The HK Staff get to the bottom of Hong Kong’s high seas.

Alberta researchers reveal details of 'one of a kind' dinosaur nest

Alberta researchers have almost cracked the mystery of what kind of dinosaur built the 77-million-year-old fossilized nest found in Montana near the Alberta border in the 1990s.

Dangling Fossils

Punnee Amornviputpanith Daily Xpress 11.11.2008
Dangling Fossils

A group of South Koreans have offered to sell six dinosaur-fossil skeletons back to Thailand for US$60 million or about Bt2.1 billion. The offer was made even though smuggling of the ancient skeletons out of the country is illegal. The fossils in ...

Why T. Rex was so feared – it had a great nose for prey

Tyrannosaurus rex was not only the most fearsome of all carnivorous dinosaurs, but also boasted the keenest sense of smell. The discovery that it had such a good nose suggests strongly that T. rex stalked and hunted its prey and was not solely a s...

North America's smallest dinosaur found near Red Deer

CALGARY -- Paleontologists at the University of Calgary have discovered the oldest and smallest dinosaur known to exist in North America.

Last woolly mammoths had North American roots: study

Elizabeth Mitchell CBC News 05.09.2008
Last woolly mammoths had North American roots: study

The last of the woolly mammoths to roam the Earth had North American ancestry, according to a study released Thursday by researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton.

University of Calgary unveils fossil first: a pregnant turtle

CALGARY — A 75-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant turtle was officially introduced to the public Tueday, nine years after it was discovered. The turtle fossil and a nest of fossilized eggs were found in the badlands of southeastern Alberta in 1...

Archaeologists get a glimpse of life in a Sahara Eden

Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times 15.08.2008
Archaeologist Helene Jousse holds up a belly plate from a soft-shelled turtle found in a Tenerian garbage dump. Mike Hettwer / National Geographic Society

Scientists uncover skeletons thought to be as old as 10,000 years, when monsoon rains created a 'green Sahara.'

Experts find theatre where Shakespeare plays first staged

The remains of a London theatre where William Shakespeare's early plays including "Romeo And Juliet" were first performed have been discovered by archaeologists, a museum said Wednesday.

2,100-year-old gadget tracked Olympics

Derek Gatopoulos IBTimes 31.07.2008
(AP photo)

ATHENS, Greece - An astronomical calculator, considered a technological marvel of antiquity, was also used to track dates of the ancient Olympic games, researchers have found.

Ancient Pompeii site faces modern threats

Silvia Aloisi Reuters 20.07.2008
REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

POMPEII, Italy (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 years after it was buried and preserved under a volcanic eruption, the ancient Roman town of Pompeii is being steadily worn away by modern woes.

Secret Chamber May Solve Mystery of Ancient Civilization

Archaeologists are to open a long-sealed cave under a Mexican pyramid in the hope that it will unlock the mystery of one of ancient civilisation's greatest cities.

'Frog from Hell' that ate baby dinosaurs

Roger Highfield Telegraph 20.02.2008
An artist's impression of what the frog might have looked like

A squat beachball sized toad dubbed 'the frog from Hell' has been found in Madagascar, where it it once may have snacked on baby dinosaurs and other small animals. The 70 million year-old fossil frog is likened by researchers to a "slightly squash...

China finds 100,000-year-old human skull: report

BEIJING - An almost complete human skull dating back 80,000 to 100,000 years has been unearthed in central China, state media reported Wednesday. The skull, consisting of 16 pieces, was dug up last month after two years of excavation at a site in ...