Natural History

Preserved remains of a Pleistocene wolf found frozen in Siberia’s permafrost

Scientists from the MKAmmosov North-Eastern Federal University have found the preserved remains of a Pleistocene wolf in the Republic of Sakha, Russia.

Waters at Roman Bath may have super healing properties

A new study, published in the Microbe journal, has uncovered a diverse array of microorganisms in the geothermal waters at Roman Bath that may have super healing properties.

Study identifies a succession of climatic changes one million years ago in Europe

A study of the Quibas site in Murcia, Spain, has revealed new data to suggest that one million years ago there was a succession of climatic changes in Europe.

Red squirrels spread leprosy during medieval period

A study of archaeological sites in Winchester, England, has revealed that red squirrels served as a host for Mycobacterium leprae strains that caused leprosy in people.

Study reveals disease landscape of Ancient Egypt

A new study, published in the journal Advances in Parasitology, has conducted a meta-analysis of mummies to reveal new insights into the disease landscape of Ancient Egypt.

Antarctica – The lost world

Antarctica is situated almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle and covers an area of 14.2 million km2.

Loss of genes has implications in resurrecting mammoths

A new study shows that 87 genes have been affected by deletions or short insertions during the course of the mammoth’s evolution.

Ice Age wolf DNA reveals dogs trace ancestry to two separate wolf populations

An international group of geneticists and archaeologists have found that the ancestry of dogs can be traced to at least two populations of ancient wolves.

Frog mystery uncovered near Iron Age roundhouse

Archaeologists from MOLA Headland Infrastructure have discovered more than 8,000 amphibian bones near an Iron Age roundhouse at Bar Hill in Cambridgeshire, England.

Researchers discover world’s largest plant measuring 180 km’s in length

Biologists from the University of Western Australia and Flinders University have identified the worlds largest known plant, an ancient seagrass thought to be 4,500 years old.

Researchers reveal landscape of prehistoric forest

Scientists from the Pennsylvania State University have identified that the dipterocarps tree-group has dominated the forests on the island of Borneo for at least four million years.

New study reveals landscape 4,000 years before Stonehenge construction

A new study by the University of Southampton has revealed the landscape around Stonehenge, 4,000 years before the monument’s construction.

Ancient art and genetics reveals saffron crocus was first domesticated in Bronze Age Greece

Saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, is extracted from the flowers of the saffron crocus, Crocus sativus.

Orangutans instinctively use hammers to strike and sharp stones to cut

PLOS ONE study by the University of Tübingen suggests that untrained, captive orangutans can complete two major steps in the sequence of stone tool use: striking rocks together and cutting using a sharp stone.

Before horses, ass hybrids were bred for warfare

The 4,500-year-old iconography and texts from Mesopotamia show that the elite used equids for travel and warfare; however, the nature of these animals remained mysterious.

Medieval warhorses were surprisingly small in stature

Medieval warhorses are often depicted as massive and powerful beasts, but in reality many were no more than pony-sized by modern standards, a new study shows.

Lost world gives glimpse of planet before last Ice Age

A lost world in Mexico has offered scientists a glimpse of the planet before the last Ice Age.

Prehistoric people were farming “the world’s most dangerous bird” as early as 18,000 years ago

Researchers studying two prehistoric sites in Papua New Guinea suggest that ancient people were 'farming' cassowaries as early as 18,000 years ago.

Ancient humans traded dogs for their usefulness

Humans’ oldest companion, the dog, was first domesticated at least 20,000 years ago. The ancient dogs were an essential part of life, and they were used for hunting, herding and sledding among other activities.

Modern snakes evolved from a few survivors of dino-killing asteroid

A new study suggests that all living snakes evolved from a handful of species that survived the giant asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs and most other living things at the end of the Cretaceous.

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