World’s oldest fossils unearthed

Haematite tubes from the NSB hydrothermal vent deposits that represent the oldest microfossils and evidence for life on Earth. Credit: Matthew Dodd Remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old have been discovered by an international team led by … Continue reading

Puzzle of the Maya pendant

The jade once belonging to an ancient Maya king is inscribed with 30 hieroglyphs. It was used during important religious ceremonies. Credit: Courtesy G. Braswell/UC San Diego To say that UC San Diego archaeologist Geoffrey Braswell was surprised to discover … Continue reading

The oldest fossilized giant penguin

The foot bones of the new giant penguin (left), compared to those of an Emperor Penguin, the largest living penguin species (right). Credit: © Senckenberg Together with colleagues from New Zealand, Senckenberg scientist Dr. Gerald Mayr described a recently discovered … Continue reading

Tracking down the first chefs

Image showing marks produced by humans when eating meat in the experiment carried out in this research.Credit: Antonio J. Romero / UPV/EHU Archaeological sites speak about the everyday lives of people in other times. Yet knowing how to interpret this … Continue reading

Genes for nose shape found

Image showing variation between nose shape and the specific genes responsible. Credit: Dr Kaustubh Adhikari, UCL Genes that drive the shape of human noses have been identified by a UCL-led study. The four genes mainly affect the width and ‘pointiness’ … Continue reading