Tooth of an Ancient Girl Fills Gap in Human Family Tree

A molar discovered in a cave in Laos shows where the enigmatic Denisovans could have interbred with the ancestors of modern humans.

#caves-and-caverns, #denisova-hominid, #fossils, #neanderthal-man, #research, #science-and-technology, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

In Alabama’s ‘19th Unnamed Cave,’ a Trove of Ancient Dark-Zone Art

Researchers using 3-D technology brought to light an array of art in an Alabama cave, including a serpent, flying creatures and humanoid figures in regalia.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #alabama, #antiquity-journal, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #native-americans, #united-states-geological-survey, #university-of-tennessee

They Thought the Skulls Were Murder Victims’. They Were Off by Centuries.

Originally thought to be the remnants of gang killings, dozens of skulls found in a cave in southern Mexico are now believed to be from sacrificial killings more than 1,000 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bones, #caves-and-caverns, #chiapas-mexico, #mesoamerica, #skull-body-part, #smithsonian-institution

Neanderthals and Humans Swapped Places in This French Cave

A new paper suggests Neanderthals and Homo sapiens alternately settled the same shelter more than 50,000 years ago.

#caves-and-caverns, #france, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science

To Go Big, Sloppy Jane Went Underground

Four years ago, Haley Dahl dreamed of taking her band and an orchestra into a cave to record an album. The result, “Madison,” is out Friday.

#caves-and-caverns, #content-type-personal-profile, #dahl-haley, #madison-album, #pop-and-rock-music, #sloppy-jane-music-group

Their Thai Cave Rescue Film Was Done. Then 87 Hours of Footage Arrived.

For their heart-pounding documentary, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin faced a thorny tangle of rights, permissions and personalities.

#caves-and-caverns, #chiang-rai-province-thailand, #chin-jimmy-1973, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #movies, #national-geographic, #netflix-inc, #rescues, #the-rescue-movie, #vasarhelyi-elizabeth-chai

Cave Featuring Native American Wall Art Is Sold to Anonymous Bidder

The cave, which sold for $2.2 million in St. Louis on Tuesday, is considered a sacred site by members of the Osage Nation. A tribal leader called the sale “heartbreaking.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #auctions, #caves-and-caverns, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #missouri, #native-americans

Unraveling the Mysteries Hidden in Vast Glacier Caves

A group of scientists and adventure athletes are venturing into icy labyrinths to study their relationships with glacial melting and climate change.

#alaska, #caves-and-caverns, #geography, #geology, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greenland, #ice, #mount-everest, #mountaineering, #nepal, #svalbard-and-jan-mayen-norway

Nottingham’s Dilemma: Robin Hood or High Tech?

An unlamented mall in the heart of the English city is being demolished. But what should go in its place?

#area-planning-and-renewal, #caves-and-caverns, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #nottingham-england, #real-estate-commercial, #shopping-centers-and-malls

These Neanderthals Weren’t Cannibals, So Who Ate Them? Stone Age Hyenas.

An archaeological excavation south of Rome uncovered fossil remains of nine Neanderthals, along with the bones of hyenas, elephants and rhinoceroses.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #fossils, #hyenas, #italy, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #research, #skull-body-part

Baby Mammoths Were Meals for These Saber-Tooth Cats

Fossils from a Texas site suggest that the predatory felines not only snatched mammoths from their herds, but dragged the remains back to their cave.

#cats, #caves-and-caverns, #current-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #mammoths-animals, #paleontology, #san-antonio-tex, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

Are You Confused by Scientific Jargon? So Are Scientists

Scientific papers containing lots of specialized terminology are less likely to be cited by other researchers.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #caves-and-caverns, #language-and-languages, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science

A Natural Work of Art May Be Hiding Among Indian Cave Masterpieces

What may be an overlooked fossil in a well-known cultural site could offer clues to the age of its underlying rocks.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #bhopal-india, #caves-and-caverns, #fossils, #gondwana-research-journal, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-science

Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too

A cave complex at a temple in Thailand has long drawn tourists, pilgrims and guano collectors. Now, scientists have arrived, looking for any potential links to the coronavirus.

#bats, #caves-and-caverns, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #thailand

A Ray of Hope in a Slimy Southern Cave

Residents in the South are coming together to protect their underground ecosystems.

#alabama, #caves-and-caverns, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #salamanders, #tennessee

Pig Painting May Be World’s Oldest Cave Art Yet, Archaeologists Say

The depiction of the animal on an Indonesian island is at least 45,500 years old, the researchers say.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #caves-and-caverns, #indonesia, #pigs, #research, #science-advances-journal, #sulawesi-indonesia, #your-feed-science

Skull Fossil Shows How Human Cousin Adapted to Changing Climate

A skull found in a South African cave suggests that the species went through a process of microevolution during a chaotic environmental shift.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #fathers-day, #fossils, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #paleontology, #south-africa, #your-feed-science

The Pandemic, from the Coronavirus’s Perspective

The career of the coronavirus so far is, in Darwinian terms, a great success story.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #aristotle, #bats, #caves-and-caverns, #cell-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #evolution-biology, #fauci-anthony-s, #hahn-beatrice-h, #monkeys-and-apes, #plague, #rats, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #worobey-michael-g-1970

Why Chimp Moms Flock to Caves on the Savanna

When forests and woodlands don’t provide a respite from the heat, these primates find cooling centers in their arid landscape.

#breastfeeding, #caves-and-caverns, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #heatstroke, #international-journal-of-primatology, #monkeys-and-apes, #research, #senegal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

New York’s Sidewalk Prophets Are Heirs of the Lascaux Cave Artisans

What street art adorning boarded-up storefronts tells us about our shared political realities and the ways our stories are connected. A critic’s tour deciphers the signs and symbols.

#art, #caves-and-caverns, #lascaux-france, #murals, #new-york-city

Cave’s Clues Show It’s More Than Just Oldest Outhouse in the Americas

Preserved dung in Oregon’s Paisley Caves is helping to fill in some mysteries about some of the earliest people on our continent.

#caves-and-caverns, #clovis-nm, #feces, #native-americans, #north-america, #oregon, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science