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Still believe an asteroid killed the dinosaurs? Think again—new theory suggests
"...assert that the emergence of toxic plants combined with dinosaurs' inability to associate the taste of certain foods with danger had them already drastically decreasing in population"
history 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Ancient data, modern math and the hunt for 11 lost cities of the Bronze Age - The Washington Post
Using numbers scrawled by Bronze Age merchants on 4,000-year-old clay tablets, a historian and three economists have developed a novel way to pinpoint the locations of lost cities of the ancient world.
history 
november 2017 by warrenellis
Meet your inner lizard
An ancient little lizard-like creature from the Scottish Borders is the missing ancestral link between human beings and the fish we evolved from millions of years ago.
history 
october 2017 by warrenellis
The fantastic adventures of the tartan-turbaned colonel | The Spectator
Once dismissed as an exotic fraud, Alexander Gardner was indeed the dare-devil Himalayan explorer he claimed to beIf much remained mysterious about Gardner, this was at least partly due to the difficulty in communicating with him. This visitors attributed

variously to his lack of teeth, his liking for alcohol, his considerable age or the sing-song lilt of his rusty English; it could equally have been caused by the gash in his throat which was the most obvious of his many wounds and which obliged him to clamp a pair of forceps to his neck whenever he ate or drank.
history 
may 2017 by warrenellis
Technoccult News: The Real Wizard Was Inside You All Along
..."textualism and the pre-Islamic practices of taking holy words and phrases and turning them into charms, written on slips of paper or inscribed into metal or pottery. The idea being that the very words would be imbued with the holy power of the one who spoke or wrote them, and since, in God would have created the words and spake them in Arabic, then that would make the very language of Arabic, and even the letters of the Arabic language, holy."
magic  history  myth 
april 2017 by warrenellis
Signs of early settlement in the Nordic region date back to the cradle of civilization
The discovery is also an indication that Nordic societies were far more developed 9,200 years ago than what was previously believed. The findings are important as it is usually argued that people in the north lived relatively mobile lives, while people in the Levant—a large area in the Middle East—became settled and began to farm and raise cattle much earlier.
history 
february 2016 by warrenellis
Ancient maps of Jupiter's path show Babylonians' advanced maths | New Scientist
Thanks to a clue from a 50-year old photograph, a historian has decoded a mysterious trapezoid described on ancient Babylonian astronomical tablets.

That previously unexplained description is a scheme to predict Jupiter’s place in the zodiac – and it shows that ancient Mesopotamian astronomers beat Europeans by at least 1500 years in grasping the ideas that led to integral calculus.
history 
january 2016 by warrenellis
Scientists sequence ancient British 'gladiator' genomes from Roman York
"Cutting-edge genome technology in Trinity College Dublin has cast more light on a mystery that has perplexed archaeologists for more than a decade. The origins of a set of Roman-age decapitated bodies, found by York Archaeological Trust at Driffield Terrace in the city, have been explored, revealing a Middle Eastern body alongside native British."
history 
january 2016 by warrenellis
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