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Ancient Eastern Africans hunted with poison-tipped arrows

A study of 13,000-year-old bone artifacts found in Tanzania have revealed that the hunters of the area were using poison-tipped arrows. Their findings, published in the journal Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, showed that the bone projectile points are likely to have been used for poison arrows, partly due to the

Mummy poop solves 700-year-old murder mystery

Analysis of fecal matter found in the natural mummy of Cangrande della Scala, a medieval warlord from Italy, has revealed that the nobleman was poisoned. “Although it is not possible to rule out totally an accidental intoxication, the most likely hypothesis is that of a deliberate administration of a lethal amount

Chilean mummies show signs of arsenic poisoning

New analysis carried out on Chilean mummies has found high concentrations of arsenic. Previous analyses showed high concentrations of arsenic in the hair samples of mummies from both highland and coastal cultures in the region. However, researchers weren't able to determine whether the people had ingested arsenic or if the toxic

Tycho Brahe was not poisoned

A team of researchers who analysed the remains of Tycho Brahe, the 16th-century Danish astronomer, have concluded that he did not die of mercury poisoning. In the past century, the mercury poisoning theory received apparent corroboration from repeated tests on samples of hair taken from Brahe's long moustache, which were removed

16-century astronomer Tycho Brahe’s remains exhumed

Scientists have exhumed the remains of the 16th-century Danish astronomer in order to conclusively determine the cause of his death. His extraordinarily accurate stellar and planetary observations, which helped lay the foundations of early modern astronomy, are well known and documented, but mystery still surrounds his sudden death. It had

Cleopatra may have died from a drug overdose

A historian is claiming that Cleopatra died from a cocktail of drugs, and not the bite of an asp. 'Cleopatra wanted to remain beautiful in her death to maintain her myth,' he says on the Adventure Science show screened by ZDF entitled Cleopatra‘s Death; How did the last female Pharaoh

Andean mummies suffered from arsenic poisoning

Analysis of the hair taken from 45 Andean mummies shows the people suffered from arsenic poisoning. In the current Journal of Archaeological Science, a team led by Bernardo Arriaza of Chile's Universidad de Tarapaca analyzed hair from 45 Andean mummies taken from ten sites some 7,000 to 600 years old.

128-million-year-old venomous raptor discovered

Researchers have discovered a venomous turkey-sized raptor which lived in China 128-million-years-ago. “You’re in the forest,” says Burnham, part of a team that recently documented the beast’s venomous abilities. “You can’t really see what’s behind you. … You may hear something in the leaves, but by the time you turn around