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14,000-year-old hunting camp found in Argentina

A prehistoric campsite discovered in Argentina is evidence that humans first began visiting the area 14,000 years ago. Writing in PLoS One, the researchers describe a number of reasons why a bunch of sharp-edged rocks and broken animal bones point to a 14,000-year-old human occupation of Argentina. First of all, there

Butchered animal residues discovered on 250,000-year-old tools

Protein residue from butchered animals has been found on 250,000-year-old tools found in Jordan. While stone tools have been found before, the residue of the kinds of animals found on these ancient tools brought back surprising results, linking rhinoceros, horse, wild cattle and duck to these hominins. "The implication of all of

Evidence of human habitation in the arctic dates back 45,000 years.

Evidence that humans lived in the arctic 45,000 years ago has been found on the remains of a mammoth carcass unearthed in 2012. n August of 2012, an 11-year-old boy made a gruesome discovery in a frozen bluff overlooking the Arctic Ocean. While exploring the foggy coast of Yenisei Bay, about

Panamanian islanders may have hunted dolphins

Dolphin remains make up 8 percent of the mammal remains found in a 6,000-year-old midden on an island off the coast of Panama. Precolombian seafarers left what is now mainland Panama to settle on Pedro González Island in the Perlas archipelago about 6,000 years ago, crossing 50-70 kilometers (31-44 miles) of

Partial saber-toothed cat remains found near wooden spears

The partial remains of saber-toothed cats have been discovered in the same layer as eight wooden spears with sharpened points in Germany's Schöningen mine. Limited signs of wear on teeth from one saber-toothed cat, found about 100 meters from the spear excavation, indicate that the creature was relatively young. Pits, scrapes

Neanderthals did not hunt rabbits

New research has found that Neanderthals did not hunt rabbits, unlike modern humans who did. This may provide clues as to why Neanderthals went extinct while we flourished. “Rabbits originated in Iberia and they are a very special kind of resource, in that they can be found in large numbers, they

Animal fats found on 500,000-year-old tools

Animal fats residue has been found on 500,000-year-old flint tools unearthed in southern Israel. The archaeological record indicates that elephants must have played a significant role in early human diet and culture during Palaeolithic times in the Old World. However, the nature of interactions between early humans and elephants is still

Humans blamed for extinction of megafauna

A new study has concluded that the arrival of humans is to blame for the extinction of mammoths, mastodons and giant sloths. A new global look at the extinctions of large mammals over the past 130,000 years finds that the loss of species correlates more closely with the arrival of humans

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