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Coloured glass beads found in West Africa

A trove of more than 10,000 coloured glass beads dating back more than a thousand years has been found in southwestern Nigeria. A newly discovered treasure trove of more than 10,000 colorful glass beads, as well as evidence of glassmaking tools, suggests that an ancient city in southwestern Nigeria was one

Homo erectus footprints found in East Africa

Researchers working in Eritrea have discovered fossilized footprints that may have been made by Homo erectus some 800,000 years ago. Today, the area lies in the middle of an arid desert, but 800,000 years ago the environment was very different. The fossilized footprints, which are almost indistinguishable to those of modern man,

Pierced snail shells date back 150,000 years

Thousands of pierced snail shells found in a North African cave has been dated back 150,000 years. The snails were used for food. ‘Detailed analysis of the pierced shells at Queen’s University Belfast and LJMU and of the stone tools at the University of Cambridge by my colleagues Dr Giulio Lucarini

Humans were culturally diverse before leaving Africa

New research has revealed that there were at least four distinct cultures living in North Africa between 130,000-75,000 years ago. The researchers from the University of Oxford, Kings College London and the University of Bordeaux took over 300,000 measurements of stone tools from 17 archaeological sites across North Africa, including the

African cattle domesticated in the Middle East

A new genetic study suggested that African cattle, thought have been domesticated there 10,000 years ago, may actually have been domesticated in the Middle East. Prof. Decker says the genetics of these African cattle breeds are similar to those of cattle first domesticated in the Middle East nearly 10,000 years ago,

Humans left Africa more recently than previously thought

Genetic research performed on samples of ancient mitochondrial DNA suggests humans left Africa more recently than previously thought: between 62,000 to 95,000 years ago. Exactly when the first humans emerged from Africa to colonize the world has been a topic of heated debate. [Photos: Our Closest Human Ancestor] All of the estimates

Ancient Chinese coin found on Kenyan island

A 600-year-old Chinese coin has been found on the Kenyan island of Manda, revealing a trade link between China and East Africa. The coin, a small disk of copper and silver with a square hole in the center so it could be worn on a belt, is called "Yongle Tongbao" and

Pottery shards hint at 7,000-year-old yoghurt production

An analysis of pottery shards found in North Africa suggests that yoghurt may have been on the menu 7,000 years ago. The fermented dairy product left tell-tale traces of fat on the ceramic fragments, suggesting a way that the region’s inhabitants may have evolved to tolerate milk as adults. The same team