Octopuses may be so terrifyingly smart because they share humans’ genes for intelligence

Octopuses are brainy creatures with sophisticated smarts, and now scientists have uncovered a clue that may partly explain the cephalopods’ remarkable intelligence: Its genes have a genetic quirk that is also seen in humans, a new study finds. The clues that scientists uncovered are called “jumping genes,” or transposons, and they make up 45% of […]

65,000 year-old ‘Swiss Army knife’ proves ancient humans shared knowledge, research says | Australia news

A 65,000-year-old tool – a kind of ancient Swiss Army knife – found across southern Africa has provided scientists with proof that the ancestors of modern homo sapiens were communicating with each other. In a world first, a team of international scientists have found early humans across the continent made the stone tool in exactly […]

Archaeologists Discover Mysterious 4,000-Year-Old Carved Stones That Look Like Humans

The stones have large bodies, distinct necks and heads. Archaeologists discovered nine mysterious stone-carved objects scattered around an ancient hearth on the Mainland of Orkney, an archipelago off the coast of Scotland. The stones likely date back 4,000 years and resemble human figures, with large bodies, distinct necks and heads. The stones, about 1.6 feet […]

Neanderthals were not less intelligent than modern humans, scientists find

Researchers say there is no evidence that modern humans’ cognitive superiority led to demise of Neanderthals Scientists have concluded that Neanderthals were not the primitive dimwits they are commonly portrayed to have been. The view of Neanderthals as club-wielding brutes is one of the most enduring stereotypes in science, but researchers who trawled the archaeological evidence say […]

Tomb of Nefertiti, Egypt’s mysterious ancient queen, may have been found

The apparent discovery, based on scans of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, could yield treasure beyond what was found in his famous resting place Hidden doorways in the ancient Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamun may lead to the long-lost resting place of Queen Nefertiti, a scientist has claimed. British archaeologist Dr Nicholas Reeves, based at the […]

This article is more than 4 years old Islamic State attacks another ancient temple in Palmyra

Extent of damage at Temple of Bel is not known, monitoring group says of assault that comes just days after destruction of Baal Shamin Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple […]

Neolithic Chinese People First Tamed Cattle Over 10,000 Years Ago

A new study reported in the journal Nature Communications provides the first multi-disciplinary evidence that humans in what is now China first domesticated cattle around 8,000 BC, around the same time cattle domestication took place in the Near East. Until now, scientists believed that humans started domesticating cattle around 10,000 years ago in the Near East, which gave […]