The people who lived in the city of Herculaneum were instantly killed by the torrents of monstrous heat erupting from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Nothing was left of their stomachs, but this did not prevent archaeologists from learning about the diet of the doomed ancient Romans.
Brazilian police seized a fossil from smugglers, which turned out to be the perfectly preserved remains of a pterosaur — a flying reptile that lived on Earth more than 100 million years ago.
We don't know much about Daspletosaurus, a Late Cretaceous theropod that lived in the forests of North America 75 million years ago. Recently, paleontologists have shed light on one of the mysteries associated with this animal by doing a CT scan of the cranial boxes of two individuals in order to digitally reconstruct the brain and adjacent structures.
A huge pterosaur with a long mouth terrified the inhabitants of Australia in ancient times.
Paleontologists of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences together with an international team of scientists have published a paper on the study of two cave lion cubs found in Yakutia. The expedition of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences to Chukotka has begun: scientists will make a 3D survey of the northernmost rock carvings. Scientists from Zhengzhou University have found the oldest mint in central China. Australian scientists have deciphered a Babylonian tablet, which turned out to be the oldest example of using the Pythagorean theorem.
In recent years, ideas about long-extinct relatives have changed dramatically. Neanderthals, who until recently seemed to be wordless and sullen half-drunks, turned out to be skilled craftsmen, healers and even artists. So, what did they know how to do?
Paleontologists have found the fossilized brain of a 310 million-year-old horseshoe crab in the valley of Mason Creek, Illinois. During the excavation of an ancient human site in Dmanisi, Georgia, fragments of a dog's jaw, which are 1.8 million years old, were found. Anthropologists have come to the conclusion that the rock paintings in a cave near Malaga were made by Neanderthals 45 thousand years ago. During the underwater excavations of Heraklion near modern Alexandria, Egypt, fruit baskets were found that are more than 2000 years old.
Researchers have discovered for the first time the fossilized brain of a 310 million-year-old crab. This discovery has told scientists some amazing details about the evolution of these ancient creatures.
Scientists investigating a dried-up lava tube in northwestern Saudi Arabia were stunned to discover a huge accumulation of bones belonging to horses, donkeys and even people.
Despite the fact that scientists around the world have been finding rock carvings for centuries, every time the art hidden in ancient caves amazes the discoverers. Some rock paintings are about 50,000 years old! How did they manage to survive so well to this day?