This is the kind of brainshock that, once you shake off the initial surprise, questions go stampeding through your head like a bunch of spooked mastodons. The Backstory and The Bones The site in question, along State Route 54 in San Diego County, was discovered during highway construction in 1992.
Known as the Cerutti Mastodon Site, the area was first identified as paleontologically significant when an excavator unearthed partial animal remains in an upper layer.
Scientists are shedding new light on what drove those changes, and in a new ...
One of the tusks was vertical, penetrating the older sedimentary layers as if someone had stuck it upright in the ground. The kinds of breakage found were not consistent with a carnivore munching on the bones, or with a herd of heavy beasties trampling the unfortunate mastodon, alive or dead.
The team, which has grown over the years as the initial researchers added colleagues from other disciplines, claims that the damage to the bones is the same as breakage found in 1.5 million-year-old elephant bones in Africa that were processed by hominins.
The excavation of Birka was mainly conducted in the 1870s by Hjalmar Stolpe.
Although Stolpe made fairly accurate drawings of the different graves, textiles was not considered to be important at the time, and was omitted from the drawings.
Archaeology is a bit like putting together a puzzle that has lots of pieces missing.
And while being an archaeologist is sometimes like being a treasure hunter, it's a lot more like being a detective.
Archaeologists look at the things people from long ago left behind — their houses, clothes, bones, tools, dishes and even their garbage!
In fact, a garbage site is one of the best places to find artifacts from the past.
All of them produce calls with rapid, vibrato-like fundamental frequency modulation -- ...
The first unambiguous fossil from the botfly family adds to the few known fossils of a major clade of flies (Calyptratae), shedding light on their rapid radiation during the Cenozoic Era, according ...
Before an archaeologist conducts a dig, they do lots of research to determine where they might start.