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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

Moas went extinct due to over-hunting

A new study carried out by an international team of scientists has revealed that New Zealand's Moas, giant flightless birds, went extinct 600 years ago due to over-hunting by humans. For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600

Cat domestication in Egypt pushed back by 2,000 years

The skeletons of six cats found in Egypt may push the date for cat domestication by 2,000 years. The bones come from a cemetery for the wealthy in Hierakonpolis, which served as the capital of Upper Egypt in the era before the pharaohs. The cemetery was the resting place not just

Cow jawbone sheds light on cattle domestication in China

The jawbone of a cow, discovered in China, has revealed that cattle domestication in the area began about 10,000 years ago. After excavating the jawbone of a cow in northern China with telltale characteristics of being a domesticated animal, a multidisciplinary team of researchers report that humans may have started domesticating

Israel’s wild boars descended from Philistine-imported pigs

Genetic analysis carried out on Israel’s wild boars has revealed that the animals are descended from domesticated pigs that were imported by the Philistines 3,000 years ago. Pig bones have been found in abundance at Philistine archaeological sites along Israel's southern coastal plane dating from the beginning of the Iron Age,

2,000-year-old bronze ring for a bear to wear found in Siberia

A bronze ring which dates back 2,000 years has been found in Siberia. The diameter of the ring is too tiny for a human to where and it is believed the ring was used to adorn a bear's claw as part of a bear cult. 'The ring is tiny in diameter

Ancient Egyptian art reveals shrinking mammal populations

Analysis of ancient Egyptian art has revealed that 6,000 years there were 38 species of large mammals living in the area, compared to 8 species living there today. Ancient Egyptian rock inscriptions and carvings on pharaonic tombs chronicle hartebeest and oryx — horned beasts that thrived in the region more than