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3,000yo Egyptian cheese infected with deadly disease unearthed at ancient burial site

Connoisseurs say that the taste of cheese improves with age – but what if it was left to age for 3,200 years? Archaeologists in Egypt now have the chance to find out, but it comes with an unexpected bonus: deadly ancient bacteria. A team from the University of Catania in Italy found the cheese at the tomb of Ptahmes, a ...

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Ancient Mayan discovery: 7,000yo skeleton unearthed in Mexican cave (PHOTOS)

Human remains dating back as far as 7,000 years have been found in a cave in southern Mexico. Experts believe the skeletons belong to the earliest-known ancestors of the country’s ancient Mayan civilization. READ MORE: ‘Elaborate underworld’ of Mayan pyramids to be explored by archaeologists Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropological History (INAH) discovered three sets of remains during ...

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Ancient Egyptian sphinx discovered during road construction between ancient temples

An Egyptian infrastructure project has been halted after construction workers found a sphinx-like statue during roadworks between the ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor. READ MORE: Old Giza! Egypt relocates giant 3,000yo statue of pharaoh Ramses II (VIDEO) Workers at the site were said to have found a “lion’s body with a human head” by the area’s Director General of ...

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‘She was different’: Body of a ‘witch’ found at ancient burial site (PHOTOS)

History is littered with executions of women suspected of dabbling in black magic. Now archaeologists believe they have found the ancient remains of a so-called witch, buried with her hands propped behind her back. It’s unknown how the woman – who was from a third-to-fourth century Chernyakhov settlement in modern day Ukraine – came to meet her death. READ MORE: Witch ...

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Feeling fluey? Blame it on ancient fish, study suggests

Many of the viruses infecting humans today have evolved from ancient animals and can even be traced back to the first vertebrates ever to exist, according to new research. The study by researchers at The University of Sydney along with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre, has been published in the ...

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The really big chill: Ancient cold front sweeps ‘relentlessly’ across galaxy cluster (VIDEO)

NASA has detected an enormous and “relentless” cold front sweeping across one of the largest objects in the universe. The find calls into question our understanding of cosmic weather. The “gigantic” cold front, analyzed by NASA’s Chandra Observatory, is located in the Perseus galaxy cluster and extends for about two million light years. It consists of a relatively dense band ...

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The mummy returns: Ancient remains found in ‘empty’ coffin stored for 150 years

A 2,500-year-old mummy has finally been discovered in an Egyptian coffin stored at the University of Sydney for the last 150 years. It was previously believed the sarcophagus was empty. Archaeologists at the Nicholson Museum – Australia’s oldest university museum – made the startling discovery when they lifted the lid on the ancient coffin and uncovered human remains. The mummy ...

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Medieval woman gave birth in her grave after ancient ‘neurosurgery’, scientists discover

A pregnant woman who underwent skull surgery in medieval Italy gave birth after she died, according to a team of scientists who examined the ancient remains. The case was identified by researchers as coffin birth – a phenomenon that occurs when a deceased pregnant woman’s fetus is expelled within the grave. Known as postmortem fetal extrusion, it occurs following build-up ...

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Red alert: Jupiter’s ancient storm turning orange & changing shape (VIDEO)

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been shrinking for 150 years but scientists studying the enormous swirling storm have discovered that the iconic spot is changing color. It’s also growing longer. The storm, which has been monitored since 1830, was once big enough to swallow three Earths, however it could now only fit one. This drastic reduction has left scientists unsure about ...

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Ancient elephants & Mayan shrine: Massive underwater caves reveal staggering history (VIDEO)

Archaeologists in Mexico have been showing off discoveries unearthed during their aquatic expeditions into the world’s largest underwater cave. Researchers from the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) exploration and preservation group presented ancient relics recovered from the site on Monday, including fossils of a type of ancient elephant, giant sloths and a shrine to a Mayan god. It’s believed that desperate ...

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