Did ancient Egyptian parents worry their kids might get addicted to this game, called senet?
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Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments.
The exploitation of fossil fuels emits CO₂, the main cause of global warming.
The Earth’s past shows the key role of CO₂ on climate for 4.45 billion years, and how human industrial activity has disrupted its cycle at an unprecedented rate over the past 160 years.
Fossilised burrows are changing what we know about the evolution of life.
Newly found fossils point to a link between a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the first emergence of complex life on Earth.
Let’s worry about the future of Brexit, not its prehistory.
Neanderthals may not have been hunting in the tundra after all.
A new study suggests Neanderthals may have lived in woodlands rather than tundras, meaning they were most likely sprinters.
Rainforests may have played far more of a role in shaping human evolution than previously thought.
Cotton grass on restored areas of Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire © Peter Roworth
A lesser known aspect of bogs is their remarkable potential to preserve both environmental and archaeological records.
Giovanni Lanfranco’s Norandino and Lucina Discovered by the Ogre (1624): in many societies giants were long part of received wisdom.
Tales of giants can be found around the world - in Wales, in Australia, and the Pacific Islands. They helped people explain the sometimes cataclysmic changes to the environment they saw around them.
Australia’s deep history was uncovered at Lake Mungo.
On the golden jubilee of the discovery of Mungo Lady's 40,000-year-old remains, we can reflect on Aboriginal Australia's vast history, which predates the arrival of Homo sapiens in both Europe and America.
Reconstruction of the bite wound affecting the shoulder of our herbivorous dinosaur.
Zongda Zhang/Lida Xing
New research uses pathology in dinosaur bones to look at predator-prey interactions in the fossil record.
Teeth fossils with evidence of dental lesions from
Prehistoric humans and their predecessors may have had a very different diet but their teeth suffered in similar ways to ours.