Genetic analysis of baboons provides evidence that ancient Punt and Adulis were the same place

In Ancient Egypt, the hamadryas baboon was one of the animals that represented Thoth, the god of the Moon, wisdom, knowledge, writing, hieroglyphs, science, magic, art and judgment.

New study suggests that prehistoric women were hunters too

According to a study published in Scientific American and the journal American Anthropologist, women were also hunters during the palaeolithic period.

Genome study reveals that Iceman Ötzi had dark skin and male pattern baldness

Ötzi, also known as the Iceman, is a naturally mummified human who lived between 3350 and 3105 BC.

Study suggests Vlad the Impaler suffered from hemolacria “crying tears of blood”

According to a new study by researchers from the University of Catania, Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, suffered from hemolacria, a condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood.

Study establishes connection between the cultural and genetic evolution of early Europeans

A recent DNA study has revealed intricate patterns of intermingling among various groups during the European Stone Age, shedding light on both instances of intermixing and isolation.

Monks were ‘riddled with worms’ during medieval period

A study by the University of Cambridge has found that monks within the Cambridge area were ‘riddled with worms’ during the medieval period.

DNA reveals the founding population of colonial Mexico

Archaeologists have recovered DNA from 10 colonial-era inhabitants of Campeche, Mexico, revealing the diversity of the founding populations of European settlements in the Americas.

Roman Pompeiian genome sequenced

Scientists have successfully sequenced human genome from an individual who died in Pompeii, Italy, after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Study sheds light on the mystery of the Avar elite origins

In the AD 560s, the Avars established an empire centred on the Carpathian Basin that lasted more than 200 years. 

Black Death mortality not as widespread as long thought

The Black Death, which plagued Europe, West Asia and North Africa from 1347-1352, is the most infamous pandemic in history.

Bronze Age women altered genetic landscape of Orkney

An international team led by researchers at the University of Huddersfield has used ancient DNA to rewrite the history of the Orkney islands to show that Orkney actually experienced large-scale immigration during the Early Bronze Age, which replaced much of the local population.

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