2,100-Year-Old Skeleton of Greek Woman Found Lying on Bronze ‘Mermaid Bed’

Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient burial of a woman lying on a bronze bed near the city of Kozani in northern Greece. It dates to the first century BCE. Depictions of mermaids decorate the posts of the bed. The bed also displays an image of a bird holding a snake in its mouth, a symbol … Read more

Fife woman’s agony goes on as Briton Jim Fitton remains in Iraq jail cell

Fife woman’s agony goes on as Briton Jim Fitton remains in Iraq jail cell Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the … Read more

Inca Children Chosen For Sacrifice Were Given Hallucinogenic Drugs For a Simple Reason

For more than 500 years, the mummified remains of several small children frozen high on a volcano in Southern Peru kept a secret record of their final days. Since the mummies’ discovery in the 1990s, researchers have worked to unlock ancient children’s pasts, unraveling a shocking tale that ends in human sacrifice. Now a new … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner remains on track for crucial Thursday launch to space station

Boeing’s Starliner astronaut taxi remains on track to launch on a crucial test flight to the International Space Station on Thursday (May 19). Teams with NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) held a launch readiness review today (May 17) for Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), which will send an uncrewed Starliner on a shakeout cruise … Read more

We Thought We Knew What These Ancient Daggers Were Used For, But We Were Wrong

Prehistoric daggers long thought to be non-functional ceremonial objects interred in warriors’ graves were actually used to slaughter and butcher animals during the early fourth millennium BCE, a new study suggests. Numerous copper-alloy daggers have been unearthed in Bronze Age warriors’ graves across Europe, along with other weapons, and archaeologists previously speculated that the daggers … Read more

Sun spits filaments out from ‘canyon of fire’ as aurora forecast remains strong

Filaments of plasma escaped from a fiery canyon that opened on the sun’s surface on Sunday (April 3) releasing powerful streams of magnetized solar wind that might bring more auroras to Earth later this week. According to Space Weatherthe “canyon of fire” is at least 12,400 miles (20,000 kilometers) deep and 10 times as long. … Read more

People in One of World’s Oldest Cities Colored The Bones of Their Dead

The sprawling ruins of Çatalhöyük – a vast, ancient human settlement in what we now know as Turkey – are much like a precursor to the modern metropolis of today. Yet, over the course of 9,000 years, times have certainly changed. Çatalhöyük, often described as one of the world’s oldest cities, was one of the … Read more

This Beautiful Reconstruction of a Stone Age Woman Feels Almost Like Time Travel

A Stone Age woman who lived 4,000 years ago is leaning on her walking stick and looking ahead as a spirited young boy bursts into a run, in a stunning life-size reconstruction now on display in Sweden. Although her likeness is new – it debuted last month in an exhibit about ancient people at Västernorrlands … Read more

Bizarre 300-Year-Old Mummified ‘Mermaid’ Can Finally Be Explained

Researchers in Japan are investigating the origins of a nightmarish, 300-year-old mummified ‘mermaid’, which has been worshiped for centuries due to its supposed medicinal properties. The haunting remains are most likely a gruesome amalgam of a monkey’s torso sewed onto a fish’s tail, potentially embellished with hair and nails from a human. Hiroshi Kinoshita, board … Read more

Tyrannosaurus Skeletal Remains Reveal T. rex May Have Been 3 Distinct Species

A new analysis of Tyrannosaurus skeletal remains reveals physical differences in the femur, other bones, and dental structures across specimens that could suggest Tyrannosaurus rex specimens need to be re-categorized into three distinct groups or species, reports a study published in Evolutionary Biology. Tyrannosaurus rex is the only recognized species of the group of dinosaurs, … Read more