Making spears

Making spears

Spears helped our ancestors eat and defend themselves. Spearmaking required ingenuity, experiments and communication. Symmetrical stone More »

When dead men speak…

When dead men speak…

How do bones, isotopes, historic records, DNA and grave goods tell us about the dead, royal and otherwise?? More »

First forest: New details emerge

First forest: New details emerge

Returning to the site of a classic “first forest” site, New York scientists have found extra complexity: three fossilized trees-like More »

Science on the road!

Science on the road!

Hitting the road? What could be more enlightening than gawking at a cave, exploring a desert, or eyeballing the largest telescope in More »

Breaking the Cambrian barrier

Breaking the Cambrian barrier

Darwin thought life had to predate the Cambrian era, and yet there was no evidence. What was life like, and how do we recognize it? More »

Plumbing ancient Mayan plumbing!

Plumbing ancient Mayan plumbing!
A small constriction in a buried pipe shows that the Maya were using pressurized pipes before year 750. It’s more proof that when it More »

Brewing: Doing what comes naturally

Brewing: Doing what comes naturally

People have been controlling fermentation for at least 9,000 years. What did the ancients brew? How did fermenting change society? More »

Death of the mastodon

Death of the mastodon
It’s one of the biggest puzzles of paleontology: Why did North America’s large mammals go extinct shortly after the glaciers melted More »

Scraps of ancient textiles found

Scraps of ancient textiles found
Flax, the basis for linen, was spun and dyed, and lost in the mud. More than 30,000 years later, microscopic flax fibers provide the More »

Dig the latest top tech tricks

Dig the latest top tech tricks

What you can’t see can still interest you. Archeologists use radar, magnetic, electrical gizmos to see through the ground. More »

Ancient, gliding reptile discovered

Ancient, gliding reptile discovered

220-million-year-old rock reveals four-legged reptile with wings. Fossils could not be removed, so the images came from CT scanner. More »