Feeding the gods

136,000 SKULLS. That’s what Andres de Tapia, one of the conquistadors, described seeing on towers and racks as they victoriously entered Tenochtitlan in 1519. Revulsed by the barbarity it represented, the conquistadors tore down the racks (called tzompantli), paved over the ruins, and began building what would become Mexico City. […]

Ancient Seafarers

Scientists have grudgingly begun to admit that our species was able to cross large stretches of ocean perhaps as long ago as 60,000 years. Turns out we probably weren’t the only seafaring human species. A new study–based on genetics–proposes that Denisovans similarly found a way to navigate the deep waters […]

Fast and Furious Paleohuman Discoveries

PALEOHUMAN DISCOVERIES ARE COMING FAST AND FURIOUS, both from the genetics side and from the discovery of new bones. Think about it – until 2010, we knew NOTHING about Denisovans – didn’t even know they’d existed, much less contributed more to our gene pool (at least in SE Asians) than […]

Was there a Biblical Flood?

Gilgamesh is the oldest known novel in the world, first written in Sumeria about 4100 years ago, about 1500 years before the Old Testament. In it, Gilgamesh comes across the only survivor of a catastrophic flood, and many scholars believe this influenced Moses in his later writings about Noah’s flood. […]

A Huge Wall of Flood Water

map of flood

Imagine a huge wall of flood water thundering toward you and your family as you camp by a peaceful stream. That’s what some unfortunate Clovis people in present-day Washington State undoubtedly saw after an ice dam broke and Lake Missoula gushed out 13,000 years ago. The wall of water was […]

The Oldest Fingerprint From An Early Modern Human

Oldest Fingerprint

The oldest fingerprint from an Early Modern Human was that of a child found on the 26,000-year-old Venus of Dolní Věstonice ceramic figurine (from the Czech Republic). This 4.4” statue is the oldest known ceramic article yet discovered in the world. More than 140 of these obese, nude, female statuettes […]

Recommended Read: The Day the Dinosaurs Died

dinosaurs

Very cool – I learned a lot from the article, The Day the Dinosaurs Died. The impact of the KT asteroid was as powerful as a billion Hiroshimas. It caused earthquakes that were a thousand times more powerful than anything humans have experienced. Sediments thousands of miles away basically liquified […]

El Castillo pyramid is built on an Underground Lake

Untouched Maya Artifacts Found at Chichén Itzá

Archaeologists earlier discovered that the El Castillo pyramid of Chichén Itzá is built on an ancient cenote (water-bearing sinkhole or underground lake). Now, they’ve found a nearby cave with hundreds of untouched artifacts. The network of caves is huge – last year, researchers with the Great Maya Aquifer Project mapped […]

Neanderthals Were Not Simple, Unintelligent Brutes

Photograph: Michel Soulier/SSAC taken for The Guardian

More than 1,000 feet inside a cave in SW France are several circles comprised of about 400 broken stalagmites. They were built by someone or something 175,000 years ago. Was it cave bears pushing aside stalagmites to hibernate? No. The largest ring is nearly 22′ in diameter and has relatively […]