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Headlines added December 2, 2008

Study of oldest turtle fossil
Since the age of dinosaurs, turtles have looked pretty much as they do now with their shells intact, and scientists lacked conclusive evidence to support competing evolutionary theories. Now with the discovery in China of the oldest known turtle fossil, estimated at 220 million years old, scientists have a clearer picture of how the turtle got its shell. 12/2/08
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Greeks find largest Macedonian tomb of nobles
Deborah Kyvrikosaios | Reuters
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek archaeologists said on Sunday they had discovered the largest underground tomb in Greek antiquity in the ancient city of Pella in northern Greece, birthplace of Alexander the Great.      2/12/2006
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Tomb of Prehistoric Leader Unearthed in Modern Rome
Maria Cristina Valsecchi | National Geographic News
Archaeologists working in the center of Rome discovered the tomb of an ancient chief or priest who lived three centuries before the city was founded. 2/8/2006
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Early Chiefdoms Offer Clues to Modern Wealth, Power, Study Says
Kate Ravilious | National Geographic News
A study of three ancient communities sheds light on the historical differences between cultures around the globe, as well as how and why people learned to work together. 2/9/2006
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Henry VIII's Lost Chapel Discovered Under Parking Lot
Kate Ravilious | National Geographic News
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 500-year-old London chapel where generations of British monarchs worshipped, including Henry VIII. 2/10/2006
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Before T. Rex - oldest ancestor found -- multiple news sources
   T. Rex's Oldest Ancestor Discovered in China
James Owen | National Geographic News
A newly discovered dinosaur from China that had an elaborate head crest and other birdlike features is the oldest known ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex, scientists say. 2/9/2006
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   Before the Tyrannosaurus, Guanlong Roamed China
John Noble Wilford | New York Times
Fossils of what appears to have been the much smaller granddaddy of all tyrannosaurs have been discovered in China.  2/8/2006
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   FSU biologist says new dinosaur is oldest cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex
Florida State University | EurekAlert!
Florida State University paleobiologist Gregory M. Erickson sliced up some ancient dinosaur bones uncovered in China to help an international team of scientists identify a new genus and species. Despite striking skeletal differences and only subtle similarities, the FSU researcher determined that the two remarkably intact specimens were cousins of North America's hulking Tyrannosaurus rex. 2/8/2006
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   Early Version of T. Rex Is Discovered (AP)
Malcolm Ritter | Yahoo! News
AP - Scientists say they've found the earliest known tyrannosaur, shedding light on the lineage that produced the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery comes with a puzzle: Why did this beast have a strange crest on its head?     2/8/2006
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   Oldest T. rex relative unveiled
BBC News
The earliest recorded tyrannosaur, forefather of T. rex, is discovered in China, scientists report. 2/8/2006
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New Egyptian Tomb Discovered -- multiple news sources
   New tomb opened in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Reuters
The mummies were in sarcophagi dating from the 18th dynasty and were surrounded by pots holding food which ancient Egyptians believed would be used in the afterlife, archaeologists said.    2/11/2006
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   Pharaonic tomb find stuns Egypt
BBC News
Archaeologists discover an ancient Egyptian tomb, the first since King Tutankhamun's was found in 1922. 2/10/2006
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Time changes human's face
Rebecca Morelle | BBC News
Researchers find the shape of the human skull has changed significantly over the past 650 years. 

Modern people possess less prominent features but higher foreheads than our medieval ancestors.
Writing in the British Dental Journal, the team took careful measurements of groups of skulls spanning across 30 generations.
The scientists said the differences between past and present skull shapes were "striking".
   1/25/2006
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A UAB research team discovers a new type of building built in Peru over 2000 years ago
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona | EurekAlert!
A research team from the Universitat Aut.noma de Barcelona has discovered a new type of construction, unknown until now, in the archaeological region of Puntilla, in the province of Nazca, Peru. These yards, built with stone walls, situated in the centre of the village, is where people went to work, either in agricultual or in the crafts. The yards date from the first millenium BC, but their exact date is yet to have been determined. 
1/23/2006
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Duck-billed dino crests not linked to sense of smell
University of Toronto
After decades of debate, a U of T researcher has finally determined that duck-billed dinosaurs' massive but hollow crests had nothing to do with what many scientists suspected -- the sense of smell. 

Speculation about their function has led to theories that the crests functioned as everything from brain coolers to snorkels for underwater feeding. 1/23/2006
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Johns Hopkins team discovers statue of Egyptian queen
John Hopkins University | EurekAlert!
A Johns Hopkins archaeological expedition in Luxor, Egypt, has unearthed a life-sized statue, dating back nearly 3,400 years, of one of the queens of the powerful king Amenhotep III.
The statue, which dates to between 1391 and 1352 B.C.E., was uncovered earlier this month by the expedition's director, Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins professor of Egyptian art and archaeology. Bryan and a graduate student, Fatma Talaat Ismail, were clearing a portion of the platform of the temple of the goddess Mut in Luxor, an area dating to about 700 B.C.E. The statue, which was lying face down in the ground, appeared to have been used as building rubble, Bryan said.
The statue's back pillar was unearthed first and led Bryan to believe briefly that it dated from a far later period, since an inscription there was clearly made in the 21st Dynasty, about 1000 B.C.E., for a very powerful queen Henuttawy.     
1/23/2006
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Murdered "Bog Men" Found With Hair Gel, Manicured Nails
James Owen | National Geographic News
Male grooming has an ancient history in Ireland, if the savagely murdered bodies of two ancient "bog men" are anything to go by.
One shows the first known example of Iron Age hair gel, experts say. The other wore manicured nails and stood 6 feet 6 inches (198 centimeters) tall.
Discovered in peat bogs in central Ireland, the well-preserved human remains were unveiled this month in Dublin.
Researchers say the men were probably wealthy, well-connected individuals. Living well over 2,000 years ago, both were tortured and killed while in their early 20s, possibly as ritual sacrifices.     
1/19/2006
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Prehistoric 'Kitchen' Found in Indiana
RedOrbit News
CHARLESTOWN, Ind. -- Workers building a boat ramp at southeastern Indiana's Charlestown State Park have uncovered the apparent remains of a 4,000-year-old "kitchen" ancient American Indians tribes may have used to prepare their winter food supply.
The discovery of the site in eastern Clark County prompted the state to temporarily halt work on the Ohio River boat ramp project.
Bob McCullough, who heads an archaeological survey team from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said the low-lying area was probably used by nomadic tribes of hunters and gatherers. He said they appear to have collected hickory nuts, used large slabs of rock to crush them and then made fires to boil them and extract fatty oils.    
1/17/2006
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Researcher: Early Man Was Hunted by Birds (AP)
Alexandra Zavis | Yahoo! News
AP - A South African anthropologist said Thursday his research into the death nearly 2 million years ago of an ape-man shows human ancestors were hunted by birds. 1/12/2006
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New cat family tree revealed
Helen Briggs | BBC News
Modern cats have their roots in Asia 11 million years ago, according to a DNA study of wild and domestic cats.
The ancient ancestors of the 37 species alive today migrated across the globe, eventually settling in all continents except Antarctica, say scientists.
Eight major lineages emerged, including lions, ocelots and domestic cats.
The moggy is most closely related to the African and European wild cat and the Chinese desert cat, an international team reports in Science.     1/6/2006
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Redating of the latest Neandertals in Europe      1/4/2006   Read whole story

Earliest known Mayan writing found in Guatemala    1/5/2006   Read whole story

Thai Rice Field Yields Treasure Trove of Mammal Fossils     1/5/2006    Read whole story

The Mummy Who Would Be King: Making Mummies    12/16/2005   View whole story

New Mammal Named After Chocolate Giant      1/4/2006    Read whole story

The first baby boom       1/2/2006    Read whole story

Evidence Found for Canals That Watered Ancient Peru    1/2/2006   Read whole story

ANCIENT DNA: New Methods Yield Mammoth Samples   12/23/2005   Read whole story

 

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