A human ancestor characterized by “robust” jaw and skull bones was a muscular creature with a gorilla-like upper body and more adaptive to its environment than previously thought, scientists have discovered.
Researchers found a partial skeleton—including arm, hand, leg and foot fragments—dated to 1.34 million years old and belonging to Paranthropus boisei at the Olduvai Gorge World Heritage fossil site in Tanzania. The find, published in the latest edition of the scientific journal PLOS ONE, represents one of the most recent occurrences of P. boisei before its extinction in East Africa.
"This is the first time we’ve found bones that suggest that this creature was more ruggedly built—combining terrestrial bipedal locomotion and some arboreal behaviors—than we’d previously thought," Read more.
An ancient skeleton, thought to date back to Roman Britain, has been discovered in a sewer trench.
Contractors from Yorkshire Water were installing sewers in Norton near Malton when they made the discovery.
Chris Pole, of Northern Archaeological Associates, said the site was formerly a Roman cemetery.
The “remarkably intact” skeleton has been removed for tests to determine its age, sex, and, if possible, a cause of death.
Two new sewers were being installed under Sutton Street in the village of Norton-on-Derwent when the skeleton was found two metres below the road. Read more.
A 2,000-year-old skeleton with a mask on its face has been found in the Aizanoi ancient city in Kütahya, during excavations in the area which have been continuing for two years now with new findings emerging.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, excavation group president Pamukkale University Archeology academic Elif Özer said the excavations had been ongoing since 2011, and many findings had been excavated from the area. The skeleton was excavated from the northern part of the necropolis eras.
The mask of the skeleton was found along with the face and the body. This mask is thought to have been used in the burial ceremonies in Aizonoi, said Özer. Read more.
Mexican National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, experts will reconstruct the face of an individual who lived some 700 years ago from pre-Columbian skeletal remains, officials said.
The skeleton was recovered 35 years ago in the western Mexican state of Michoacan and belonged to the elite of the western culture, according to studies made by the INAH and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM.
Studies have been made of the facial bones of the skull, found in a field of the Ario de Rayon municipality and taken to the Michoacan Regional Museum, to determine the characteristics of the individual it belonged to, INAH restorer Luisa Mainou, said. Read more.
A skeleton found in Lincoln Castle could belong to a Saxon king or bishop, according to archaeologists.
The skeleton was in a stone sarcophagus believed to date from about AD900.
Although the sarcophagus has not yet been opened, an endoscopy revealed the remains were buried alongside other objects - possibly gold.
Programme manager Mary Powell, of Lincoln Castle Revealed, said: “We think it’s somebody terribly important - possibly a bishop or a Saxon king.”
The sarcophagus is buried approximately 3m (9ft) underground. “At the moment, we can see the side of the coffin, but not the lid,” Ms Powell added. Read more.
Archaeologists have uncovered a near-complete skeleton dating from the 15th or 16th century on a cliff-top site above the Santa Eulália beach in Albufeira, which is believed to be an important medieval cemetery.
The skeleton was buried in an area near the historically-recorded Ermida de Santa Eulália chapel, where a burial ground is thought to have existed.
It is not the first time that skeletal remains have been found in this location. However, they have previously been found lying in a north to south position rather than from east to west, as was the case in this recent discovery. But both positions are associated with Christian burial rituals. Read more.
Windsor may have been popular with royalty rather earlier than generally thought.
Archaeologists, excavating near the Royal Borough, have discovered the 4400 year old gold-adorned skeleton of an upper class woman who was almost certainly a member of the local ruling elite.
She is the earliest known woman adorned with such treasures ever found in Britain.
The individual, aged around 40, was buried, wearing a necklace of folded sheet gold, amber and lignite beads, just a century or two after the construction of Stonehenge some 60 miles to the south-west. Even the buttons, thought to have been used to secure the upper part of her now long-vanished burial garment, were made of amber. She also appears to have worn a bracelet of lignite beads. Read more.
Mystery surrounds a 600-year-old skeleton found at the site of an archaeological dig in County Fermanagh.
The crannog - a man made island settlement - is situated on a site where the new A32 Cherrymount link road in Enniskillen will be built.
The woman, who was in her late teens when she died, was not buried in either a recognised graveyard or in traditional manner.
This has led archaeologists to consider the possibility of foul play.
Excavation director Dr Nora Bermingham dated the teenager’s death to around the 15th or 16th centuries.
"The skeleton of a young woman, probably around 18 or 19 with very bad teeth, was found in the upper layers of the crannog," she said. Read more.