A new archaeological discovery in a cave in Mexico is once again pushing back the timeline of human presence in the Americas, this time by at least 15,000 years earlier than the generally-accepted date of roughly 13,000 years ago. In addition to earlier finds that also point to an earlier
The enigmatic moai, the imposing statues that stand guard over the island of Rapa Nui—more commonly known as Easter Island—have long presented a mystery to the modern world, the story of their true origins having been lost to the sands of time, in stories largely lost by the descendents of
A recent aerial survey of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala has uncovered a vast interconnected network of ancient cities, hidden for centuries beneath the jungle canopy that reclaimed this "megalopolis" after it was abandoned long ago. These new findings paint a picture of a far more complex and extensive pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilization than what was previously assumed.
A genetic study of the world’s oldest anatomically-modern human, the body of a boy buried 24,000 years ago near Siberia’s Lake Baikal, has revealed that this individual was of European ancestry. This finding is surprising, in that Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake, is situated north of modern-day Mongolia, a location quite far east on the Eurasian continent. What is even more surprising is that the DNA of this individual is also found in many Native Americans, half a world away.