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gut feeling

Neanderthal discovery reveals an important lesson for human gut health

A study earlier this year looked at fecal samples from Neanderthals, finding diverse microbiota that suggest a plant-rich diet and more health insights.

chew on this

Look: Ancient teeth reveal the roots of human cooperation

Chomp chomp

Neanderthal baby teeth reveal new details about their development

Dental remains are giving researchers insight into how quickly Neanderthals grew.

family tree

Scientists may have just uncovered the origin of an ancient language

A prehistoric 23&me.

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SpaceX Starbase and more: Understand the world in 8 images

Science

Look: Mysterious mummies represent an ancient "cosmopolitan" culture

Their odd, boat-shaped coffins are just the beginning.

Stuff of legends

Viking discovery changes history and supports ancient lore

New research helps substantiate the Icelandic Sagas.

Aw crap

Look: Ancient turds reveal two surprising foods in prehistoric diets

Some snacks are worth preserving.

Hidden History

Archeologists discover earliest known use of a mind-altering plant

“The find has implications for our understanding of deep-time human use of intoxicants.”

Science

Five grisly archeological finds will change how you see ancient humans

Till death do us part — unless we’re in the same grave.

Worldview

Ancient men and women in Italy had one key difference in their diets — study

Before it all went to hell, one dietary difference explained a lot about the roles of men and women some 2,000 years ago.

dinner's ready!

Scientists role play as Neanderthals to discover a dietary secret

Spanish researchers have recreated Neanderthal hunting techniques to better understand how they hunted prey at night and what impact it had on their diets.

Caveman Chic

Look: Ancient tools reveal how early humans made clothes

That fur cape is so last season.

Ancient Oasis

Look: Early humans passed through this part of the world over 400,000 years

Our ancient ancestors took advantage of a fluctuating climate to get to Asia and Europe.

Worldview

Stonehenge: Travelers who love ancient legends should visit this enigmatic site

For centuries still, the rocks have held onto these secrets — but now a pioneering study reveals the answer to at least one of these mysteries: How Stonehenge has managed to stand the test of time.

magnetic history

Neolithic stone reveals ancient magnetism secret

This isn’t your Mom’s fridge magnet.

gut feeling

Neanderthal discovery reveals an important lesson for human gut health

A study earlier this year looked at fecal samples from Neanderthals, finding diverse microbiota that suggest a plant-rich diet and more health insights.

chew on this

Look: Ancient teeth reveal the roots of human cooperation

Chomp chomp

Neanderthal baby teeth reveal new details about their development

Dental remains are giving researchers insight into how quickly Neanderthals grew.

family tree

Scientists may have just uncovered the origin of an ancient language

A prehistoric 23&me.

This week in science

SpaceX Starbase and more: Understand the world in 8 images

Science

Look: Mysterious mummies represent an ancient "cosmopolitan" culture

Their odd, boat-shaped coffins are just the beginning.

Stuff of legends

Viking discovery changes history and supports ancient lore

New research helps substantiate the Icelandic Sagas.

Aw crap

Look: Ancient turds reveal two surprising foods in prehistoric diets

Some snacks are worth preserving.

Hidden History

Archeologists discover earliest known use of a mind-altering plant

“The find has implications for our understanding of deep-time human use of intoxicants.”

Science

Five grisly archeological finds will change how you see ancient humans

Till death do us part — unless we’re in the same grave.

Worldview

Ancient men and women in Italy had one key difference in their diets — study

Before it all went to hell, one dietary difference explained a lot about the roles of men and women some 2,000 years ago.

dinner's ready!

Scientists role play as Neanderthals to discover a dietary secret

Spanish researchers have recreated Neanderthal hunting techniques to better understand how they hunted prey at night and what impact it had on their diets.

Caveman Chic

Look: Ancient tools reveal how early humans made clothes

That fur cape is so last season.

Ancient Oasis

Look: Early humans passed through this part of the world over 400,000 years

Our ancient ancestors took advantage of a fluctuating climate to get to Asia and Europe.

Worldview

Stonehenge: Travelers who love ancient legends should visit this enigmatic site

For centuries still, the rocks have held onto these secrets — but now a pioneering study reveals the answer to at least one of these mysteries: How Stonehenge has managed to stand the test of time.

magnetic history

Neolithic stone reveals ancient magnetism secret

This isn’t your Mom’s fridge magnet.