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No, Romantic Kissing Is Not Universal Across All Cultures

Lovers kiss, right? Not everywhere. After combing through data from 168 cultures worldwide, anthropologists from UNLV and the Kinsey Institute could only find evidence that couples engage in romantic or sexual kissing in 46 per cent of them.


Anthropologists Have Discovered A Totally New Human Ancestor

There’s a new branch on the human family tree. Anthropologists say they have found a new human ancestor, who lived 3.5 million years ago, right beside Australopithecus afarensis on the plains of what is now Ethiopia.


The World's Oldest Stone Tools Were Not Made By Humans

Archeologists working in Kenya have discovered the world’s oldest stone tools. At 3.3 million years, they’re 700,000 years older than what were previously the most ancient stone tools ever discovered. In fact, they’re even older than humans.


After 150,000 Years In A Cave, A Neanderthal Skull Looks Like This

This is the Altamura Man. He’s old. In 1993, cave researchers stumbled across an odd formation in Italy: a skull that had essentially grown over time to become part of the cave, calcite budding from its features. Now, scientists have discovered that it could easily be 150,000 years old.


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.


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