Sunday, 21 September, 2014

title pic New oldest work of art: 42,000 year old paintings of seals found in Spanish caves

added by admin on February 8, 2012

The world’s oldest works of art have been found in a cave on Spain’s Costa del Sol, scientists believe. Six paintings of seals are at least 42,000 years old and are the only known artistic images created by Neanderthal man. The paintings were found in the Nerja Caves, 35 miles east of Malaga in the [...]

title pic Siberia was a wildlife refuge in the last ice age

added by admin on January 17, 2012

SIBERIA, a name that conjures up images of snow and ice, may have been an unlikely refuge from the bitter cold of the last ice age. Ancient DNA from the region paints a picture of remarkably stable animal and plant life in the teeth of plunging temperatures. The findings could help predict how ecosystems will [...]

title pic Amateur fossil hunter gets credit for big find

added by admin on July 25, 2011

It’s one of the most significant pieces of prehistoric art ever found in North America — a carving of a mammoth or mastodon on a piece of fossilized bone dating back to the Ice Age. An amateur fossil hunter found it several years ago in Vero Beach, Florida. Now, after three years of study, a [...]

title pic West Runton Elephant helps unlock the past

added by admin on March 31, 2011

Researchers from the University of York and Manchester have successfully extracted protein from the bones of a 600,000 year old mammoth, paving the way for the identification of ancient fossils. Using an ultra-high resolution mass spectrometer, bio-archaeologists were able to produce a near complete collagen sequence for the West Runton Elephant, a Steppe Mammoth skeleton [...]

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