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Hominin DNA found in cave sediments

Researchers have managed to recover hominid DNA from cave sediments dating back between 14,000-550,000 years. Scientists in Germany have recovered ancient human DNA from sediment, not bones or teeth, in a finding that could offer a new inroad into our own evolutionary history. A team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary

Evidence of Mesolithic cannibalism found in Spain

Evidence of cannibalism has been found in a cave near Valencia, in Spain. In a recent paper for Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Valencia anthropologist Juan V. Morales-Pérez and colleagues describe their discovery of human bones covered in marks that suggest what they delicately refer to as "anthropophagic practices." Carbon

2,000-year-old cave burial found in Mexico

Artifacts and human remains have been found in a cave in the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico. Archaeologists called to investigate a cave on a rancher’s property have discovered an unusual burial that’s providing new insights into the ways of some of the earliest farmers of the Chihuahuan Desert. In the cave, researchers

Stunning rock art found in Spain

More than 50 Palaeolithic etchings dating back between 12,000-14,500 years ago have been found in Armintxe Cave in northern Spain. They include horses, bison, goats and - in a radical departure from previously discovered Palaeolithic art in the Biscay province - two lions. Some depictions are also much bigger than those found

Palaeolithic cave paintings found in Spain

At least 70 cave paintings depicting animals have been found in Spain's Atxurra caves. The paintings, which include those of bison, horses and goats, were discovered by archeologist Diego Garate at a depth of 300m in the Atxurra caves, around 50km from Bilbao. The paintings are between 12,000 and 14,000 years old

Cave paintings may depict volcanic eruption

36,000-year-old spray-like paintings found in Chauvet-Pont D’Arc Cave in France may be the oldest-known depictions of a volcanic eruption. Fearsome animals such as woolly rhinoceroses, cave lions and bears dominate Chauvet’s imagery. But one of its innermost galleries — named after a giant deer species, Megaloceros, that is depicted there —

Hanging coffins found in China

Hanging coffins dating back 1,200 years have been found in man-made caves in central China. Cliff burial was a funeral style widely practiced in southern China. Ancient people believed that hanging coffins prevented bodies from being taken by beasts, and blessed the souls of the deceased eternally. The coffins have become important

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