Some of the mysterious prehistoric mounds known as "passage graves" were not merely tombs - they provided a way for our Stone Age ancestors to observe the movements of stars. In a sense, they are 6,000-year-old observatories.
The relationship between humans and bees dates back much earlier than previously thought. In fact, beeswax was first used during the Stone Age in 7000 BC.
New research from the University College Dublin shows Cows were domesticated in stages and far more selectively than previous research indicated. DNA analysis indicates ancient British farmers restocked their domesticated herds with still-wild ox specimens called aurochs that grazed throughout areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa.
Researchers for the first time have sequenced the mitochondrial DNA of Near Eastern farmers, revealing the origins of their transformation to the agricultural lifestyle.