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Ancient poop proves that humans have always loved beer and cheese
2,700 years ago, a human ate blue cheese, drank a pint, and pooped in a salt mine. Paleofecal samples live to tell the tale.
Ancient humans might have bred one of the scariest birds on the planet
It shows that hunter-gather societies possessed sophisticated knowledge of nature and animals.
These footprints could push back human history in the Americas
But knowing for sure isn't easy.
How Scotland forged a rare alliance between amateur treasure hunters and archaeologists
Inside the Peebles Hoard, a massive find spurred by an unlikely collaboration.
These centuries-old tombs in Sudan are arranged in galaxy-like clusters
Both landscape and social dynamics influence where people were laid to rest.
Centuries-old tools reveal how the Chikasha people fought off conquistadors
Hernando de Soto's expedition ultimately failed, but they left an almost literal trail of breadcrumbs in their wake.
A discovery found in Germany’s ‘Unicorn Cave’ hints at Neanderthal art
The 51,000-year-old carved bone suggests Neanderthals not only made simple tools, but art, too.
What a 5,000-year-old plague victim reveals about the Black Death’s origins
It turns out the bubonic plague wasn't nearly as contagious—or gruesome—in the Neolithic era.
The debate over ‘Dragon Man’ shows that human origins are still kind of messy
Scientists in the field disagree about whether this represents an entirely new species, but it's exciting no matter what.
It may be time for museums to return Egyptian mummies to their coffins
Experts are digging into the ethics of turning thousands-year-old corpses into attractions.