A 3.2-Million-Year-Old Mystery: Did Lucy Fall From a Tree?

posted Aug 31, 2016, 11:21 AM by Ms. Kaplan   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors

posted Feb 27, 2014, 1:41 PM by Ms. Kaplan

Archaeologists have mapped an ancient gladiator school, where the famed warriors lived, trained, and fought.

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Newly Discovered Step Pyramid in Egypt Is 4,600 Years Old

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:58 AM by Ms. Kaplan

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TORONTO — Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.

The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 43 feet, is one of seven so-called "provincial" pyramids built by either the pharaoh Huni (reign ca. 2635-2610 B.C.) or Snefru (reign ca. 2610-2590 B.C.). Over time, the step pyramid's stone blocks were pillaged, and the monument was exposed to weathering, so today, it's only about 16 feet tall.

Scattered throughout central and southern Egypt, the provincial pyramids are located near major settlements, have no internal chambers and were not intended for burial. Six of the seven pyramids have almost identical dimensions, including the newly uncovered one at Edfu, which is about 60 x 61 feet. 

Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu in southern Egypt have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years.

Beautiful Skull Spurs Debate on Human History

posted Oct 18, 2013, 11:45 AM by Ms. Kaplan   [ updated Oct 18, 2013, 11:47 AM ]

A newly discovered skull, some 1.8 million years old, has rekindled debate over the identity of humanity's ancient ancestors. Uncovered at the Dmanisi site in the Caucasus in Georgia, "Skull 5" represents the most complete jaw and cranium from a turning point in early human history.

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Human ancestors used fire earlier than thought, study says

posted Apr 18, 2012, 9:08 AM by Ms. Kaplan

Charred bones in a South African cave suggest that Homo erectus was utilizing fire a million years ago, and may even have been cooking, researchers say. 

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Hominid fossils may shake up the human family tree

posted Sep 19, 2011, 4:18 PM by Ms. Kaplan

Anthropologists say two Australopithecus sediba specimens have a curious mix of primitive and modern features that could indicate the species was a direct ancestor of modern humans.

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