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How giant snails helped confirm the oldest human burial in Africa

How giant snails helped confirm the oldest human burial in Africa

Researchers have confirmed the oldest known human burial site in Africa - a young boy buried at least 78,000 years ago.

  • by Stuart Layt

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Early humans off the hook for many species extinctions, experts say

Early humans off the hook for many species extinctions, experts say

An Australian-led research group has found ancient humans were often not the cause of extinctions when they first arrived on uninhabited islands.

  • by Stuart Layt
Australia’s Indigenous population may have been 3 million, study finds

Australia’s Indigenous population may have been 3 million, study finds

The continent’s larger coastal plains could have seen the Indigenous population peak at triple the highest previous estimate according to the groundbreaking study.

  • by Mike Foley
Researchers map ancient ‘superhighways’ used by first Australians

Researchers map ancient ‘superhighways’ used by first Australians

Researchers have used detailed computer models to determine the major ancient superhighways the first Australians used to populate the continent.

  • by Stuart Layt
Egyptian archaeologists unearth 110 ancient tombs in Nile Delta

Egyptian archaeologists unearth 110 ancient tombs in Nile Delta

The graves, some of which have human remains inside, were found at the Koum el-Khulgan archaeological site north-east of Cairo.

Precious relics seized from smugglers return home to Kabul

Precious relics seized from smugglers return home to Kabul

The items being sent to Afghanistan are valued at around $US1.8 million ($2.3 million) and will be put on display at the National Museum.

  • by Ben Fox
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Pack animals: Tyrannosaurs not so solitary after all

Pack animals: Tyrannosaurs not so solitary after all

Long thought incapable of complex behaviours, these tyrannosaurs have been found to have hunted in packs.

  • by Juliet Eilperin
Boomerangs were the multi-tool of early Indigenous Australians

Boomerangs were the multi-tool of early Indigenous Australians

Researchers analysed marks found on preserved boomerangs to show they were used for more than hunting, including shaping stone tools.

  • by Stuart Layt
Famed Egyptian archaeologist reveals details of ancient city

Famed Egyptian archaeologist reveals details of ancient city

Egypt’s best-known archaeologist has revealed further details on a Pharaonic city recently found in the southern province of Luxor.

  • by Samy Magdy
Ancient bone tools confirmed as among oldest in Australia

Ancient bone tools confirmed as among oldest in Australia

Ancient bone tools discovered in a Kimberley cave have been dated to up to 46,000 years old, making them among the oldest ever found.

  • by Stuart Layt
‘It’s our church’: Land managers aim to rebuild wrecked stone eel

‘It’s our church’: Land managers aim to rebuild wrecked stone eel

Aboriginal land managers are hopeful that they can reconstruct an ancient ceremonial stone arrangement at Lake Bolac that was damaged by a farmer.

  • by Jackson Graham