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Peruvian child mummy X-rayed in Texas hospital

An ancient Peruvian mummy that has been part of the collection of the Corpus Christi Museum of Natural History and Science for 60 years received its first X-ray yesterday at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Very little is known about the mummy which was removed from Peru by unknown (illegal?) means at an unknown time. It has […]

A battle with prejudice: why we overlook the warrior women of ancient times | Natalie Haynes

The Amazons are not alone: from Viking warriors to racy Roman poets, we are only just beginning to find out how little we know about female history Warrior women have fascinated us for millennia. In ancient Greece, Amazons were the second most popular characters to feature in vase paintings. Show More Summary

Vince Vaughn Rips Apart A Car With His Bare Hands In Brutal New Prison Movie

Remember when Vince Vaughn was kind of America’s boyfriend and dated Jennifer Aniston? You might want to file that away as ancient history, because you are not ready for the cute cad from Wedding Crashers to go full-tilt right-wing nut job — with a Southern accent, and a shaved head with a ... More »

Dawn of agriculture linked with poor start to life in ancient Atacama, Chile

Learning to cultivate crops and other agricultural food – rather than relying on hunter-gathering – is often thought of as a key milestone in the history of humanity. The post Dawn of agriculture linked with poor start to life in ancient Atacama, Chile appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.

History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text

Carbon dating has revealed that the Bakshali manuscript housed in Oxford contains the earliest known version of our modern zero symbol -- and it is nearly 2000 years old

Michigan Man Lifts a 20 Ton Block by Hand Using Wood, Pebbles, Counterweights, and Human Power

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Mystery History takes a look at a builder from Michigan who figured out how to use ancient technology to move and lift a giant 20 ton stone block by hand using wood, pebbles, counterweights, and his own human power. How to Turn a Large Block of 256 Melted Crayons Into a Colorful Flower Vase Using...

UChicago scientists create alternate evolutionary histories in a test tube

(University of Chicago Medical Center) Scientists at the University of Chicago studied a massive set of genetic variants of an ancient protein, discovering a myriad of other ways that evolution could have turned out and revealing a central role for chance in evolutionary history.

Scientists create alternate evolutionary histories in a test tube

Scientists at the University of Chicago studied a massive set of genetic variants of an ancient protein, discovering a myriad of other ways that evolution could have turned out and revealing a central role for chance in evolutionary history.

Alternative evolutionary histories in the sequence space of an ancient protein

To understand why molecular evolution turned out as it did, we must characterize not only the path that evolution followed across the space of possible molecular sequences but also the many alternative trajectories that could have been taken but were not. Show More Summary

DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000-year history of European fish trade

One of the ancient Viking cod bones from Haithabu used in the study. Credit: James Barrett Norway is famed for its cod. Catches from the Arctic stock that spawns each year off its northern coast are exported across Europe for staple dishes from British fish and chips to Spanish bacalao stew. Show More Summary

The Voynich Manuscript appears to be a fairly routine anthology of ancient women's health advice

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Nicholas Gibbs, a history researcher, says that he has decoded the Voynich Manuscript, a legendarily mysterious 15th century text whose curious illustrations and script have baffled cryptographers, historians, and amateur sleuths for decades. (more…)

History Channel Tonight: The Dark Files!

My very favorite channel, History Channel, is stunning us again with a great night's lineup. First on the docket is a marathon of "Ancient Aliens" episodes followed by "The Dark Files." An investigative special chronicling former CIA...Show More Summary

The Delicate Art of Illustrating Ancient Sharks

Three hundred million years ago, long before the Discovery Channel invented the most successful marketing scheme in the history of television, every week was shark week. On the geological calendar, this is the Carboniferous Period, or,...Show More Summary

A Brief History of Napkins, From Soft Dough to Paper

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. The first napkin was edible. We can thank the Spartans in Ancient Greece for that. In those days, they ate everything by hand. Show More Summary

IT’S LIKE HUMAN HISTORY, REWRITTEN BY ROBERT E. HOWARD, to quote a Facebook friend. Deeper Than Dee…

IT’S LIKE HUMAN HISTORY, REWRITTEN BY ROBERT E. HOWARD, to quote a Facebook friend. Deeper Than Deep: David Reich’s genetics lab unveils our prehistoric past. This is not “ancient history,” which goes back a few thousand years to the dawn of writing. This is deeper in the past than “deep history,” which takes us even […]

A Brief History of Book Burning

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Book burning has been used as a terroristic threat, a symbol of power, and a cultural cleansing since ancient times. In ancient times, when many books were the only copy in existence, book burning was often a sign of conquest. The conquering nation would destroy the accumulated knowledge of a conquered land in order to install their own culture. Show More Summary

Incan Civilization and the Fabulous Fibres and Fabrics

Fibres are an integral part of cultures and civilizations as ancient as the oldest in recorded history. The Incan civilization is one of them. The post Incan Civilization and the Fabulous Fibres and Fabrics appeared first on The Good Men Project.

Hawaiian History Tour

Learn more about the history of ancient Hawaii and its native people by planning a visit to one or more of these seven locations –on five different islands.

A City Like No Other - Sparta's Unique Architecture

Acropolis of Athens, 2012, Photo by author. The ancient Athenian historian Thucydides made a prediction in his History of the Peloponnesian War that has come true with a vengeance. He wrote that “…[if] Sparta were to become desertedShow More Summary

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