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Flesh-eating ancient ‘marsupial lion’ species discovered

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 12:36 Scientists have discovered a strange new species of marsupial lion in northern Australia. The fearsome predator has been extinct for at least 18 million years. The animal was uncovered by a team of Australian scientists who analyzed fossilized remains of its skull, teeth and upper arm bone, all found in the Riversleigh World Heritage ...

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Jesus’ ‘brother James’ mentioned in ancient Christian document found at Oxford

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 10:53 Edited time: 1 Dec, 2017 10:56 A manuscript of ancient alternative Christian teachings has been found by two researchers from the University of Texas. The manuscript, found at Oxford University, describes Jesus’ relationship with a brother called James. The Greek-language scripture is being labelled as part of the Nag Hammadi Codex, a collection of ...

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Chinese ‘master tomb raider’ sentenced to death over theft of ancient artifacts

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 00:32 A court in northern China has given the death penalty to a prolific “tomb raider,” suspended for two years, for the theft of thousands of historical artifacts. 55-year-old Yao Yuzhong from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, northern China, was the leader of a massive gang of 225 graverobbers arrested in 2015. Although lacking a ...

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Pumping Iron Age! Ancient women had much stronger arms than today’s female sports stars

Women in Europe’s ancient civilizations had stronger arms than elite female sports stars do today thanks to the grind of farming life, scientists say. The research shows women were a driving force behind the socio-cultural development of agrarian communities. A study of bones belonging to women who lived in central Europe between 5300 BC to around 100 AD reveals manual ...

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Dating tests on ‘Christ’s tomb’ confirm origins of ancient shrine

Published time: 29 Nov, 2017 10:45 Scientists conducting tests on a tomb purported to be the burial place of Jesus Christ have confirmed a vital part of the site’s history. Researchers studying Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre made the discovery after taking mortar samples from the original limestone surface of the burial bed inside the tomb. They also tested ...

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Germany to axe ancient forest as Poland fined by EU for chopping down infected trees

Published time: 25 Nov, 2017 15:22 A German company has received the green light to raze an ancient forest in order to make room for a massive coal mine. The court decision comes days after the EU threatened Poland with exorbitant fines if it logs an insect-infested forest. Read more Cologne’s administrative court ruled Friday that Germany’s biggest electricity provider, ...

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Russia gives unique 3D Palmyra model to Syria to help restore ancient city (VIDEO)

Published time: 18 Nov, 2017 20:12 Edited time: 18 Nov, 2017 20:15 Russian researchers have created a model of the ancient city of Palmyra, based on thousands of drone images. Unveiled at the St. Petersburg cultural forum, it will be given to Syria to help restore and preserve the UNESCO World Heritage site ravaged by ISIS. The 3D model has ...

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1,500 ancient skeletons unearthed in European mass graves (PHOTOS)

Published time: 14 Nov, 2017 13:15 Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have uncovered some 1,500 skeletons from 30 mass graves dating back to the 14 and 15th centuries, in what is being described as the largest discovery of its kind in central Europe. The graves, each filled with 50-70 people believed to be victims of famine and plague epidemics, were ...

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Dwarf planet Ceres may have harbored vast ancient ocean

Published time: 27 Oct, 2017 23:13 The dwarf planet Ceres may have once had a global ocean, according to new studies based on data from NASA’s Dawn mission. The Dawn spacecraft, which has been orbiting the only dwarf planet in the inner reaches of the solar system since March 2015, obtained measurements suggesting the presence of an ancient ocean. “More ...

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Ancient Arctic jellyfish spotted by scientists in rare encounter (VIDEO)

Published time: 25 Oct, 2017 23:50 Creatures that dwell deep below the Arctic ice are rarely seen by humans, however, a recently released video by Columbia University’s Earth Institute offers a glimpse of one of the world’s many bizarre inhabitants. The team from Columbia University, Andy Juhl and his colleagues, used snowmobiles to access this barren arctic terrain, drilling holes ...

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