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Stone Age engravings found on ostrich shells

Published on March 3rd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

Engravings on ostrich shells which date back 60,000 years may be examples of a symbolic communication system among African hunter-gatherers. The unusually large sample of 270 engraved eggshell fragments, mostly excavated over the past several years ... Read More


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Crucifixion nail found with Templar bodies

Published on March 3rd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

A nail dating from the time of Christ’s crucifixion has been found off the coast of Madeira, alongside the bodies of three Templar knights. Bryn Walters, an archaeologist, said the iron nail’s remarkable condition suggested it ... Read More


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Wooden covers ruin Persepolis stairways

Published on March 3rd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

Wooden covers set up to protect the stairways of Persepolis have actually caused more damage. Humidity and lack of planning for removal of garbage dumped by visitors at the site have created ideal conditions for growth ... Read More


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Fossilized 12-foot snake found eating baby dinosaurs

Published on March 2nd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

A 67-million-year-old snake fossil has been found, eating baby dinosaurs. Scientists have found a 67 million-year-old fossil of a snake coiled around dinosaur eggs and a hatchling. This is the first evidence of snakes eating dinosaurs. ... Read More


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Prince Sextus Tarquinius’ palace found

Published on March 2nd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

The palace of Sextus Tarquinius, the prince who sparked the revolt that led to the foundation of the Roman empire may have been found 12 miles from Rome. The remains of what might have been the ... Read More


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Syria’s Stonehenge

Published on March 2nd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

In what is shaping up to be an incredible find, neolithic stone circles, alignments and possible tombs have been discovered in the Syrian Desert. [Thx Saturn] Dr. Mason explains that he “went for a walk” into ... Read More


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Wasps used antibiotics millions of years ago

Published on March 2nd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

Millions of years ago digger wasps learned how to harness beneficial bacteria to create a cocktail of drugs that protected its larvae from infection. [Thx Saturn] The era of antibiotics began in 1928 when Alexander Fleming ... Read More


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Pterodactyls coexisted with birds

Published on March 2nd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

The world’s first pterosaur tracks from Japan suggest that pterodactyls coexisted with birds 127 million years ago. For the latest study, accepted for publication in the journal Cretaceous Research, Lee and his colleagues focused on the ... Read More