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Category: Animals, Archaeology, Science

Katherine Kanne examines a horse jawbone for a study on the size of destriers, or medieval warhorses. (University of Exeter)

A Tall Story: Medieval Warhorses Were No Bigger Than Modern Ponies, Study Says

A network of royal studs sought the varied characteristics needed for warhorses. The post A Tall Story: Medieval Warhorses Were No Bigger...

The rare stone toilet is 2,700 years old, and was most likely used by one of the dignitaries of Jerusalem. Analysis of the cesspit underneath revealed several parasites. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Toilet Dig Reveals The Dirty Secrets Of Jerusalem’s Wealthiest Ancients

Jerusalem’s elites had the rare luxury of toilets 2,700 years ago, but poor hygiene and sanitation led to chronic stomach troubles The...

A mummy of the Ansilta people of the Andes Mountains had head lice that cemented nits to hair, encasing DNA that offers clues about human migration 1,500 to 2,000 years ago. (Courtesy San Juan National University, Argentina)

Nitty Gritty On Our Ancestors: How Scientists Are Recovering Human DNA From 2,000-Year-Old Head Lice

New study uses “Jurassic Park” techniques to examine human skin cells found in mummified creepy crawlies. The post Nitty Gritty On...

The mummy of Amenhotep I was discovered in 1881 but never unwrapped by Egyptologists. Using CT scanning, modern Egyptologists have digitally unwrapped the mummy, revealing a jeweled facemask. (Zahi Hawass, Sahar Saleem)

Mummy Digitally ‘Unwrapped’ To Reveal Egyptian Pharaoh

The face of Amenhotep I was covered by a fine mask, inset with jewels. The post Mummy Digitally ‘Unwrapped’ To Reveal Egyptian...

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) Dinosaur Institute volunteer Viji Shook lies next to the skull of Cymbospondylus youngorum.  (Martin Sander/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)

Newly Discovered Giant Ichthyosaur Ruled The Seas 246 Million Years Ago

Toothy Cymbospondylus youngorum was the largest creature on land or sea during the mid-Triassic period. The post Newly Discovered Giant...

Weighing hundreds of pounds, a block of sandstone from a cliff at Howick Bay in Northumberland, England, revealed a fossilized segment of a giant millipede that lived 326 million years ago. (Neil Davies)

Millipedes As Big As Cars Roamed Northern England 100 Million Years Before The Dinosaurs

Nightmarish Arthropleura was nine feet long and lived in an equatorial tropical climate 326 million years ago. The post Millipedes As Big...

Excavation work on the skull of a 10,000-year-old mammoth that was found in Los Reyes de Juarez, Mexico is seen in progress. (Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History/Zenger)

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Shovel: Mammoth Task For Gravediggers

Astonished workers expanding a cemetery dug up the body of a 10,000-year-old mammoth.  The post We’re Going To Need A Bigger Shovel:...

Professor Bryan Fry of the University of Queensland led a study on how descendants of the last common ancestor of great apes and humans, millions of years ago, developed resistance to snake neurotoxins, as well as better eyesight as a defense mechanism. (University of Queensland)

Ancient Hiss-tory: Man’s Monkey Ancestors Passed On Resistance To Snake Venom, Better Eyesight

The threat of deadly cobras and other snakes led to an evolutionary arms race with primates. The post Ancient Hiss-tory: Man’s Monkey...

Researchers used DNA capture-enrichment technology developed at McMaster University to isolate and rebuild the fluctuating animal and plant communities during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition of 11,000 years ago in North America. (Julius Cstonyi)

Mammoth Discovery: Giant Tuskers And Wild Horses Roaming North America Died Out Only 5,000 Years Ago

New permafrost studies reveal the ancient beasts survived for far longer than previously thought. The post Mammoth Discovery: Giant...

An artist's concept shows that 70 million years ago, Quetzalcoatlus northropi and related species of pterosaurs ranged in the ancient forests of Texas. Scientists have discovered how it moved on land and could leap into the air and take flight.  (James Kuether)

Dino-Soar: How The World’s Largest Flying Predator Got Into The Air

The massive pterosaur was as big as a giraffe and leaped high into the air before flapping its wings. The post Dino-Soar: How The...