850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk

850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk:

Happisburgh prints believed to have been left by small group of adults and children are the oldest discovered outside Africa

The oldest human footprints found outside Africa, dated at between 850,000 and 950,000 years old, have been discovered on the storm-lashed beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk, one of the fastest-eroding stretches of the British coast. Within a fortnight, the sea tides that had exposed the prints last May destroyed them, leaving only casts and 3D images made through photogrammetry (stitching together hundreds of photographs) as evidence that a little group from a long-extinct early human species had passed that way.

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New Tech Brings 2,000-Year-Old Mummy of Little Egyptian Girl to Life in Stunning Detail

New Tech Brings 2,000-Year-Old Mummy of Little Egyptian Girl to Life in Stunning Detail:

CT and colorful 3D scans combine to create a stunningly detailed depiction of a mummy of a girl. She was only about five years old when she passed away 2,000 years ago. Her body was wrapped in fine linen and she was laid to rest with a Roman-style necklace, amulet, and large round earrings. Now all those elements have become visible in lifelike detail.

According to Live Science , scientists today call the child mummy “Sherit,” an ancient Egyptian name meaning “little one.” She lived in Egypt while the country was reigned over by the Romans and her burial style and the grave goods accompanying her body indicate she was part of a wealthy family . It is believed the girl died of dysentery or meningitis.

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Flying flesh-eating dinosaur the size of a plane discovered in Mongolia

Flying flesh-eating dinosaur the size of a plane discovered in Mongolia:

A MASSIVE flying ancient beast that was size of a small plane and could swallow other horse-sized dinosaurs whole has been found in the Gobi Desert.

The dinosaur had enormous 36ft long wings and would be one of the largest winged reptiles ever known to live on Earth, reports The Sun.

The giant lived 70 million years ago in a warm climate that was desert-like but not quite as dry as today.

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9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth Found in Germany Belong to Hominin Only Known To Have Existed in Africa 4 Million Years Later

9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth Found in Germany Belong to Hominin Only Known To Have Existed in Africa 4 Million Years Later:

Archaeologists have made a discovery so sensational that they have waited 1 year to announce it as they had to be sure they had the dating correct. A set of teeth belonging to an early hominin species has been found in Germany that dates back 9.7 million years.  Could this finding be another nail in the coffin for the out-of-Africa theory of human origins?

It was only one month ago that scientists made the surprising announcement of 5.7 million-year-old hominin footprints on the island of Crete in Greece. Many responded with disbelief, as such a discovery suggests that the earliest human ancestors wandered around Europe at the same time or even earlier than Africa, drawing into question the widely-believed theory that humans emerged in Africa before spreading out to the rest of the world. Now the finding of 9.7 million-year-old hominin teeth in Germany supports the possibility that the out-of-Africa theory is wrong.

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Recently Discovered 6 Million-Year-Old Hominin Footprints Have Just Been Vandalized and Some Stolen

Recently Discovered 6 Million-Year-Old Hominin Footprints Have Just Been Vandalized and Some Stolen:

There has been a lot of interest in our discovery of nearly-6m-year-old footprints on Crete, first reported by the The Conversation – suggesting that human ancestors could have roamed Europe at the same time as they were evolving in East Africa. Sadly the site was vandalised in the last week, with four or five of the 29 tracks stolen.

We are fortunate that many of the best tracks remain – the people who did it clearly didn’t know what they were looking for. Our guess is that they were simply intending to sell them.

The theft occurred despite the site being afforded protection under Greek heritage law and being in the care of local officials. Police, we are told, have made an arrest in connection with the incident, and it is hoped that the missing material will be returned soon. The damage, however, is irreparable.

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The First Adhesive Was Invented by Neanderthals 200,000 Years Ago

The First Adhesive Was Invented by Neanderthals 200,000 Years Ago:

Neanderthals — early members of the genus Homo from Europe and Asia — have had such a lowly standing on the human family tree that the very word Neanderthal is often synonymous with archaic ways and ignorance.

Neanderthals, however, had big brains, complex societies, and tools so useful that some designs created for leatherworking are still in use today. Many researchers even believe that a true extinction of Neanderthals might not have occurred, but that these individuals instead were absorbed into what evolved to be current Homo sapiens. To this day, people of European and Asian heritage retain Neanderthal DNA.

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