A modern cockerel with dramatic plumage.
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Why did the chicken cross the globe? A new study has revealed how chickens were domesticated.
Are these the footprints of the first-known American teen?
Matthew Robert Bennett
The New Mexico findings could rewrite the history of human migration to the Americas.
Determining the age of fish has been historically difficult, primarily involving lethal methods. A new DNA test solves this problem.
Saint James the Lesser is believed to have been martyred in AD 70.
The mix-up might be explained by the rush to remove sacred remains to Rome some 1,700 years ago.
What route did the first settlers to colonize the islands of the Caribbean take?
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Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.
The updated methods are providing a clearer picture of how Earth and its inhabitants evolved over the past 60,000 years - and thus, providing new insight into its future.
Chiquihuite Cave in Mexico.
Devlin A. Gandy
Stone tools found in a cave in Mexico have archaeologists rewriting the human history of the Americas.
For centuries, indigenous history has been largely told through a European lens.
John White, circa 1585-1593, © The Trustees of the British Museum
Modern dating techniques are providing new time frames for indigenous settlements in Northeast North America, free from the Eurocentric bias that previously led to incorrect assumptions.
Old-growth forests prevailed in New England for thousands of years.
Evidence shows Native Americans in New England lived lightly on the land for thousands of years. It wasn’t until Europeans arrived that the landscape experienced major human impacts.
Lake Taupo, in the North Island of New Zealand, is a globally significant caldera of a supervolcano that formed following a massive eruption more than 20,000 years ago.
New research shows that carbon dioxide in groundwater can affect the aging of volcanic eruptions. The findings could help predict future eruptions.
In July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago.
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When did Australia’s human history begin?
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Today's episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of our Friday essay series, seeks to move beyond the view of ancient Australia as a timeless and traditional foundation story.
It turns out that the world is about 4,600,000,000 years old. That’s 4.6 billion years. That’s pretty old!
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The world is made of tiny building blocks called ‘elements’. Scientists have worked out how fast some elements change into other elements. That gives us a very big clue about how old the Earth is.
Our cells have a built-in genetic clock, tracking time… but how accurately?
Stopwatch image via www.shutterstock.com.
How do scientists figure out when evolutionary events – like species splitting away from a common ancestor – happened? It turns out our DNA is a kind of molecular clock, keeping time via genetic changes.
Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham
Hotly-contested debates about the early or late canonisation of the Qur'an may be resolved by a recent discovery.
‘Nope, definitely not a Caravaggio.’
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
The identification of fakes and forgeries is a basic issue that has always raised controversy. This is unsurprising, of course – the enormous sums garnered by top paintings would turn to dust as soon as…
Make no bones about it, radiocarbon dating has transformed our understanding of the past.
Radiocarbon dating has transformed our understanding of the past 50,000 years. Professor Willard Libby produced the first radiocarbon dates in 1949 and was later awarded the Nobel Prize for his efforts…
The demise of the woolly mammoth could teach us much about our effect on other species.
When we think of the last 50,000 years of prehistory, particularly the “Ice Age”, extinct species such as the woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros often spring to mind. Did humans bring about the extinction…