Researchers in Hawaii have found a mammoth World War II-era Japanese submarine scuttled by the U.S. Navy in 1946 to keep its advanced technology out of the hands of the Soviet Union.
The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii discovered the I-400 in 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of Oahu, according the school.
"Finding it where we did was totally unexpected," lab operations director and chief submarine pilot Terry Kerby said in a university statement. "All our research pointed to it being further out to sea." Read more.
The last common ancestor of Man and Ape was not a knuckle-walking, tree-swinging hominid resembling today’s chimpanzee, said a study Tuesday challenging some long-held theories of human evolution.
Rather than a prototype chimp as commonly believed, our common forefather was an ape unlike any that exists today.
From it, humans and modern-day apes evolved into two completely different directions, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications.
"The majority of palaeoanthropologists tend to assume that the last common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans looked like a chimpanzee," said anatomical scientist Sergio Almecija of the Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York. Read more.
JERUSALEM — An excavation by Israeli archaeologists unearthed remains of a lavish meal held near a tomb by prehistoric men to mourn their dead, making the find the oldest funerary meal discovered.
The ongoing excavation at the Carmel Mountains near Haifa in the north of Israel is examining the caves dotting the mountains that were used by a prehistoric tribe 13,000 years ago.
"We know that prehistoric men buried their dead and mourned them, but we didn’t know they also held ritualistic meals near their graves," Guy Bar-Oz from Haifa University’s Zinman Institute of Archaeology told Xinhua. Read more.
VERO BEACH — Officials from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., finalized Monday their plans for an archaeological dig at the Old Vero Man site that will begin in January.
Dr. Thomas Gamble, Mercyhurst president, said the dig will involve at least a dozen scientists from the Archaeological Institute and will include volunteers from the community interested in learning more about the site.
“We’re very excited,” said Randy Old of the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee. “This is something we’ve been working on for a long time now, and we’re glad it is finally moving forward.”
Old said the site, near the Vero Beach Municipal Airport along the Main Relief Canal, could be one of the most important ice age historical sites in the world: In 1915, a fossilized skeleton was found there, possibly the oldest human remains ever found in North America. Read more.
Scientists have found that Neanderthals organized their living spaces in ways that would be familiar to modern humans, a discovery that once again shows similarities between these two close cousins.
The findings, published in the latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Archaeology, indicate that Neanderthals butchered animals, made tools and gathered round the fire in different parts of their shelters.
"There has been this idea that Neanderthals did not have an organized use of space, something that has always been attributed to humans," said Julien Riel-Salvatore, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver and lead author of the study. "But we found that Neanderthals did not just throw their stuff everywhere but in fact were organized and purposeful when it came to domestic space." Read more.
Archaeologists in China have unearthed the skulls of more than 80 young women who may have been sacrificed more than 4,000 years ago, state media reported on Monday.
The skulls were found in what appears to have been a mass grave at the Shimao Ruins, the site of a neolithic stone city in the northern province of Shaanxi.
The women’s bodies were not present, the official news agency Xinhua said, adding that archaeologists concluded that the skulls were “likely to be related china to the construction of the city wall” in “ancient religious activities or foundation ceremonies” before construction began. Read more.
An international multi-disciplinary team of scientists have determined that a well-known group of early Homo (early human) fossils discovered in previous investigations at Koobi Fora in the Turkana Basin of East Africa have an age range that is older than previously estimated.
Led by archaeologist Josephine C.A. Joordens of the Netherlands’ Leiden University, the researchers combined magnetostratigraphy and strontium (Sr) isotope stratigraphy techniques to develop a new age constraint range for 15 selected hominin fossils found in deposits on the Karari Ridge of the Koobi Fora region in the eastern Turkana Basin (Kenya). Read more.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Mexican coin punctured with a small hole, nails from long-decayed wooden dwellings, and broken bits of plates and bottles are among thousands of artifacts unearthed from what archaeologists suspect were once slave quarters at the site of a planned highway project in Savannah.
A team hired to survey the site by the Georgia Department of Transportation spent three months excavating 20 acres of undeveloped woods tucked between a convenience store and apartments off busy Abercorn Extension on Savannah’s suburban south side. Archaeologist Rita Elliott said the project yielded a staggering 33,858 artifacts believed to date from about 1750 until after the Civil War. Read more.