Mummies know best: the pharaohs giving up their secrets about heart disease

A study of the arteries of ancient Egyptians has challenged the received wisdom that the illness is simply down to unhealthy modern lifestyles In 2008, Greg Thomas, a cardiologist from California, was in Cairo for work. While there, he visited the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with another cardiologist, Adel Allam of Al Azhar University in […]

Archaeologists identify oldest Muslim graves ever found in Europe

Skeletons in three graves in southern France, found facing towards Mecca, are believed to date from the eighth century Archaeologists working in southern France have identified three graves that are believed to represent the oldest Muslim burials ever found in Europe, dating to the eighth century. The skeletons at medieval site at Nîmes were found facing Mecca, […]

Skull of humankind’s oldest-known ancestor discovered

‘Iconic’ finding of 3.8m-year-old fossil in Ethiopia casts doubt on previous evolutionary theory The face of the oldest species that unambiguously sits on the human evolutionary tree has been revealed for the first time by the discovery of a 3.8 million-year-old skull in Ethiopia. The fossil belongs to an ancient hominin, Australopithecus anamensis, believed to be the […]

Mummified hunter’s final meal revealed

Scientists say iceman ate ‘horrible-tasting’ high-fat meal of ibex before his murder 5,300 years ago Ötzi the iceman filled his belly with fat before he set out on the ill-fated hunting trip that ended with his bloody death on a glacier in the eastern Alps 5,300 years ago, scientists say. The first in-depth analysis of […]

Archaeologists unearth 227 bodies in Peru in ‘biggest ever’ discovery of sacrificed children

‘Wherever you dig, there’s another one,’ top scientist says The remains of 227 children, sacrificed in an “uncontrollable” wave of killings designed to appease ancient gods, have been discovered in Peru. It is believed to be the biggest single such discovery anywhere in the world – but took place in a region where scores more sacrificed […]