Black rice, also known as forbidden rice, was once reserved for the Emperor. Now, it is widely popular for having high antioxidants. A new study sheds light on how the grains got their dark color.
Researchers excavating ancient salmon chum bones from the Upward Sun River site in Alaska have found that Ice Age humans had a broader diet than previously surmised and used specialized tools to fish.
Fossils excavated from the Rising Star cave in South Africa were identified as a new species of human ancestors. The researchers note that this new species has a lot in common with modern humans.
Stone tools recently discovered in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya are the oldest yet discovered, dating back 3.3 million years, and now they are challenging our long-held notion of early human history.
Many have argued that cancer is a largely modern illness - a consequence of food processing, industry, pollution, and other factors. But now archaeologists have strong evidence of cancer in the bones of a man who lived in Siberia 4,500 years ago, making him the oldest known victim of this terrible disease.
Researchers now have a better idea of when exactly humans and Neanderthals first started hooking up, potentially revealing details about the disappearance and migration patterns of these long-gone relatives.
An expansive cave complex was recently deemed one of the most important archaeological sites in the United States.
It has long been suspected that some of the world most remote islands, like the iconic Easter Island, were first colonized by wayward sailors at the start of the Middle Ages. However, modern understanding of the ocean's wind patterns disputes this claim. Now a new study is arguing that these seemingly impossible colonizations could have been possible with the help of rogue winds.
The modern European gene pool is likely a bit confused now, with international travel spreading people far and wide. However, in the case of native Europeans whose family never left the continent, it has been found that they likely boast a cocktail of genetic information from three distinct "tribes" of ancestors.
Just last year, an expert at MIT suggested that babies cry, despite the fact that this makes them "predator beacons," because the "annoying sound" helps adult humans wage war more efficiently. It was even proposed that our ancestors wore babies into battle to heighten their blood-lust.
Researchers have stumbled upon a fossil site that revealed that a group of Homo sapiens in Spain were cooking themselves a nice meal of snail between 32,000 and 26,000 years ago. That's about 10,000 years before experts believe ancient Frenchmen took up the same dining habit.
The world's largest solar-powered boat will be helping experts in an ambitious underwater survey of one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. The crew of the MS Turanor PlanetSolar hope to showcase the power of green technologies, even while mapping the submerged region in a search for thousand-year-old evidence of farmland and earth-work.
Stonehenge is one of most famous prehistoric sites in the world and till today, it has been a great mystery as to its origins. British researchers have proposed a new theory, suggesting that it may have started as a giant burial ground for elite families around 3000 B.C.