Pieces of clam Ruditapes decussatus, found in the site. Credit: Mariana Nabais © João Zilhão The journal Science has published a study led by the ICREA researcher João Zilhão, from the University of Barcelona, which presents the results of the excavation in Cueva de Figueira Brava, Portugal, which was used as shelter […]

Stone tools found at the Dhaba site corresponding with the Toba volcanic super-eruption levels. Pictured here are diagnostic Middle Palaeolithic core types. Credit: Chris Clarkson New archaeological work supports the hypothesis that human populations were present in India by 80,000 years ago and that they survived one of the largest […]

This is a life-reconstruction of the 200-million-year-old dinosaur track-maker from Mount Morgan. Credit: Dr. Anthony Romilio The dinosaur in the cupboard under the stairs. The mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland has been solved after more than a half a century. University of Queensland paleontologist […]

Underwater exploration of Chan Hol Cave, near Tulum, Mexico. Credit: Eugenio Acevez ‘Chan Hol 3,’ like other Tulum cave skeletons, has tooth cavities and a distinctive skull compared to other early American settlers. A new skeleton discovered in the submerged caves at Tulum sheds new light on the earliest settlers of Mexico, according […]

The archaeological site is famous for its 1400 A.D. abandonment. But new research suggests people soon moved back in. Monk’s Mound, the largest Pre-Columbian earthwork in the Americas, was built by Native Americans living at Cahokia. (Credit: MattGush/Shutterstock) The mound-building society that lived at Cahokia is one of America’s most […]

A sharp-eyed collector spotted this translucent flint blade—crafted by hunter-gatherers about 8000 years ago—on a Dutch beach. MANON BRUININGA MONSTER, THE NETHERLANDS—On a clear, windy autumn afternoon last October, Willy van Wingerden spent a few free hours before work walking by the sea not far from the Dutch town of […]

Caribs hailed from the Northwest Amazon, and archaeologists long believed they never expanded north of the Lesser Antilles. Credit: Painting by John Gabriel Stedman Christopher Columbus’ accounts of the Caribbean include harrowing descriptions of fierce raiders who abducted women and cannibalized men – stories long dismissed as myths. But a […]

Church ruins from Norse Greenland’s Eastern Settlement. Credit: James H. Barrett Over-Hunting Walruses Contributed to the Collapse of Norse Greenland The mysterious disappearance of Greenland’s Norse colonies sometime in the 15th century may have been down to the overexploitation of walrus populations for their tusks, according to a study of […]