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22,000-year-old panda from cave in Southern China belongs to distinct, long-lost lineage — ScienceDaily

Researchers who've analyzed ancient mitochondrial (mt)DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China -- a...

First ancient syphilis genomes decoded — ScienceDaily

An international research team, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the University of Tübingen, the National...

New gibbon genus discovered in ancient Chinese tomb — ScienceDaily

Bones of an entirely new but already extinct genus of gibbon have been discovered in China, revealing the magnitude of human-caused extinction of...

First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact — ScienceDaily

A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the...

Ancient DNA testing solves 100-year-old controversy in Southeast Asian prehistory — ScienceDaily

Two competing theories about the human occupation of Southeast Asia have been debunked by ground-breaking analysis of ancient DNA extracted from...

Mosaics provide clues on life in an ancient Galilean Jewish village — ScienceDaily

Recent discoveries by a team of specialists and students at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee, led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...

Scientists discover the world’s oldest colors — ScienceDaily

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered the oldest colours in the geological record, 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments...

Ancient bones from Roman archaeological sites reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean...

Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North...

Mystery of the Basel papyrus solved — ScienceDaily

Since the 16th century, Basel has been home to a mysterious papyrus. With mirror writing on both sides, it has puzzled generations of...

Research on British teeth unlocks potential for new insights into ancient diets — ScienceDaily

Goofy, yellow and crooked: British smiles have sometimes had a less-than-flattering international image, but a new study has put tartar from our infamously...