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DNA Analysis of Ancient Rome Reveals a Cosmopolitan Megacity

(Credit: leoks/Shutterstock) A new collection of DNA from ancient Romans spanning 12,000 years shows how the population of the empire’s […]

Two Asteroids Collided in Deep Space, Sparking an Ancient Ice Age

This artist’s concept captures the catastrophic collision that destroyed the parent body, which was bigger than any known asteroid break-up […]

The Australopiths: Our Ancient, Ape-like Forefathers

A reconstruction of the skull of Australopithecus afarensis. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) 1.2 to 4.4 million years ago was a happening […]

The Australopiths: Our Ancient, Ape-like Forefathers

A reconstruction of the skull of Australopithecus afarensis. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) 1.2 to 4.4 million years ago was a happening […]

The Denisovans: New Finds are Illuminating the Mysterious Ancient Humans

The entrance to Denisova cave, where the ancient humans were first discovered. (Credit: Igor Boshin/Shutterstock) Nestled in foothills of Russia’s […]

Ancient African Ancestors Lived In High Mountains, Ate Rodents of Unusual Size

Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains. (Credit: Michele Alfieri/Shutterstock) High-altitude environments are not exactly welcoming places to call home. It’s hard to breathe, […]

This Week in Science News: Maya Warfare, Lucid Dreams, Ancient Galaxies

We’ve got: Maya warfare, giant extinct parrots, ancient galaxies, space travel radiation, a pill for lucid dreams, and more. Maya […]

Cambroraster: Ancient Predator Looked Like Millennium Falcon

Artist rendering of Cambroraster, a predator from half a billion years ago. (Credit: Lars Fields © Royal Ontario Museum) Half […]

Cambroraster: Ancient Predator Looked Like Millennium Falcon

Artist rendering of Cambroraster, a predator from half a billion years ago. (Credit: Lars Fields © Royal Ontario Museum) Half […]

Ancient Mars Tsunami Raises Questions About a Surprisingly Wet World

Elevation changes also indicate where Mars may have once had a vast northern ocean. (Credit: Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter Science […]

Ancient Mars Tsunami Raises Questions About a Surprisingly Wet World

Elevation changes also indicate where Mars may have once had a vast northern ocean. (Credit: Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter Science […]

These 4 Ancient Apocalypses Changed the Course of Civilization

The eruption of the Icelandic volcano Hekla may have led to the collapse of multiple thriving Bronze Age societies. (Credit: […]

Meteorites Carrying Cyanide Could Have Given Ancient Life on Earth a Boost

Meteorites are thought to have delivered many of the materials necessary for life, which might even include deadly cyanide. (Credit: […]

Ancient DNA Study Reveals Deep Roots of Modern Grapevines

New research into the genetic backstory of ancient French grapevines reveals that some varieties cultivated today haven’t changed for centuries. […]

Ancient DNA Study Reveals Deep Roots of Modern Grapevines

New research into the genetic backstory of ancient French grapevines reveals that some varieties cultivated today haven’t changed for centuries. […]

History of the Horse: Ancient DNA Reveals Lost Lineages

The history of the horse is not quite what we thought: Among the findings of an unprecedented analysis of ancient […]