The World's Oldest Mummies Are Suddenly Turning Into Black Goo

Having survived 8000 years, the Chinchorro mummies found in modern-day Chile and Peru have started decaying more quickly than ever before — in some cases even melting into gelatinous “black ooze”. Scientists at Harvard think they have found the reason why.

This Diver Is Cradling A 12,000-Year-Old Skull In An Underwater Cave

Inside a cave so deep and dark it’s called Hoyo Negro, or Spanish for “black hole”, divers are transporting a 12,000-year-old skull for 3D scanning. The skull belongs to one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in the Americas. Lucky for us, the expedition was documented with an entire set of stunning photos.

15 Of The Weirdest Images In The British Library's New Digital Trove

Digging through the archives of old libraries is a blast. Depending on the library, you’ll find everything from dated architectural drawings to snippets of old children’s books. You can just imagine the treasures to be found in the British Library’s ancient archive. And, now, you don’t even have to get your fingers dusty!

When Did Humans Start Wearing Clothes?

Determining exactly when humans began wearing clothes is a challenge, largely because early clothes would have been things like animal hides, which degrade rapidly. Therefore, there’s very little archaeological evidence that can be used to determine the date that clothing started being worn.

Middle Earth: Why We Need To Turn Our Map On Its Side

Although he never actually crossed it, the Greek mathematician Pythagoras is sometimes credited with having first conceived of the Equator, calculating its location on the Earth’s sphere more than four centuries before the birth of Christ. Aristotle, who never stepped over it either and knew nothing about the landscape surrounding it, pictured the equatorial region as a land so hot that no one could survive there: the ‘Torrid Zone’.

Were Prehistoric War Dogs Key To Humanity's Survival?

Tens of thousands of years ago, humans prevailed over a Neanderthals. A new study suggests that man’s best friend might have helped us win the battle.

Tough Times Are Written In Your DNA

You’ve seen the reports that individuals with a lower economic and social status suffer from poor health more often than folks in higher tax brackets. Now, thanks to a multi-year study of rhesus macaques monkeys, researchers have found genetic changes caused by stressful environments are likely contributing to that poor health.

Neanderthals And Modern Humans, Like, Got Busy

Despite representing different stages of human evolution, it looks like European Homo sapiens might have had a penchant for a little Neanderthal booty. Or vice versa.

Oldest-Ever Homo Erectus Gadgets Revealed

Scientists say a collection of hand axes, picks and other cutting tools are the oldest-ever Homo erectus tools.

Startling Video Shows Dramatic Effect Of Humans On Earth

Anthropologist and Gizmodo friend Félix Pharand is mapping the effect of humans on planet Earth. His latest video — which shows cities, transmission lines, pipelines, roads and railways with amazing detail — is simply spectacular. Play it at full screen.