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neanderthal poop

50,000-year-old poop reveals secrets of human guts

February 8th, 2021

A long, long time ago — 50,000 years ago, to be exact — some Neanderthals pooped in what is present-day Spain.  Recently recovered, the poop has been studied extensively and scientists have been able to identify a number of beneficial gut microbes within the samples. A new research paper on the discovery and subsequent study …

tyrannosaur baby

Baby tyrannosaurs were absolutely adorable, study finds

January 25th, 2021

Tyrannosaurs are the most iconic of all dinosaurs, but what they were like as babies has been the subject of debate and mystery.  New research of rare tyrannosaur embryos offers researchers the first good look at what the massive meat-eaters looked like fresh out of their eggs.  When the dinosaurs hatched, they were roughly as …

frozen wolf pup

An ancient wolf pup was just found frozen in Canada

December 21st, 2020

The remains of a very young wolf pup were found in Canada, and the animal is thought to be roughly 57,000 years old. The pup was frozen in a layer of permafrost and was uncovered by a miner who was thawing out a wall of frozen mud in the Klondike goldfields. The animal is so …

stone age brain surgery

This ancient skull was operated on, but not by a skilled surgeon

September 30th, 2020

An ancient skull found in a cave in Spain reveals evidence of ancient surgery attempts. The skull has a large dent that is partially healed, indicating an attempt at brain surgery that was halted. The skulls and other material suggest possible sacrificial intent. Modern medical techniques have made brain surgery much safer than it ever …

ancient cooking

These researchers spent a year cooking meals that nobody ate

September 15th, 2020

Researchers have discovered that pots like those found at some archaeological sites may hold the clues to revealing ancient cooking habits. The pots were found to hold chemical signatures of food that was cooked in them, even after multiple meals. The meals cooked by the scientists were made of donated food, including roadkill deer. When …

megalodon size

New measurements reveal the true size of the massive megalodon shark

September 4th, 2020

New research into the ancient megalodon shark species has revealed the most accurate estimates of its size to date. The creatures could grow to 59 feet in length, according to researchers. The sharks lived between 4 million and 23 million years ago. If you happened to be swimming in Earth’s oceans anywhere from around 4 …

last ice age temperatures

This is how cold the last ice age really was

August 27th, 2020

A new study has revealed what global temperatures were like during the most recent ice age. The research suggests that temperatures were roughly 11 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than they are today, and that was enough to trigger intense change on Earth. As climate change continues unabated, we may soon be struggling with a rapidly-changing planet …