Small Mammals Have A 'Celtic Fringe' Too Oct. 5, 2009 — The origin of the ‘Celtic fringe' of genetically and culturally distinctive people in the northern and western British Isles is the source of fierce academic controversy. But new research into the movement of small mammals, such as voles and shrews, at the end of the last Ice Age, could provide important new clues to resolve the debate. The research is published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B . An international team of scientists, led by Professor Jeremy Searle of the University of York, has discovered that end-Ice Age colonization of Britain by small mammals generates a remarkably ‘human-like' geographic pattern of genetic variation.
Oct. 11, 2011 — A huge early Celtic calendar construction has been discovered in the royal tomb of Magdalenenberg, nearby Villingen-Schwenningen in Germany's Black Forest. This discovery was made by researchers at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum at Mainz in Germany when they evaluated old excavation plans. The order of the burials around the central royal tomb fits exactly with the sky constellations of the Northern hemisphere. Whereas Stonehenge was oriented towards the sun, the more than 100 meter width burial mound of Magdalenenberg was focused towards the moon. The builders positioned long rows of wooden posts in the burial mound to be able to focus on the Lunar Standstills. These Lunar Standstills happen every 18,6 year and were the 'corner stones' of the Celtic calendar. Early Celtic 'Stonehenge' discovered in Germany's Black Forest
Genome sequencing study suggests that Aboriginal Australians are descended from early wave of modern humans who migrated out of Africa perhaps 62,000 - 75,000 years ago. L ittle did he know that giving a team of scientists a lock of his hair would provide answers to some profound questions about the origins of humankind in his native Australia. But that is exactly what happened when scientists sequenced his genome and found that he was descended from a very ancient wave of modern humanity out of Africa and eventually into Australia some 62,000 - 75,000 years ago. He is an Aboriginal Australian. The results of the genetic tests showed that modern humans migrated into Eastern Asia in more than one wave and that he, along with all of his fellow Aboriginal Australians, could claim direct heritage with a very early wave, perhaps even the first wave. Aboriginal Australians descended from early migration of modern humans out of Africa, study says | Popular Archaeology - exploring the past
3,000-year-old shipwreck shows European trade was thriving in Bronze Age Tin ingots from this period have not been found in Britain before. A bronze sword and three gold wrist bracelets, known as torcs, were also found at the spot, not far from the famous ''Salcombe Cannon'' wreck, which was discovered in the 1990s. The team have not found any of the new ship's actual body which is thought to have perished. However, it is likely to have been powered with paddles and had a crew of around 15.
With the exception of monozygotic twins , every one of us is genetically different from every other human who ever lived. Each of us is unique in terms of the combination of tens of thousands of genetically determined characteristics that we possess. However, we clearly have some traits in common with other people. Most of us have readily identifiable male or female sexual characteristics which we share with others of our gender. P eople who are closely related to each other usually have even greater similar ity in appearance because much of their genetic makeup is shared. Modern Human Variation: Overview
Regarding history one of the most profound Bulgarian historians, Dr. Gancho Tzenov, prof. at the University of Berlin in the beginning of 20th century, believed that: (1) history is a positive, inductive science, which is based only on facts, systematized facts and never on assumptions, opinions and speculations. Consequently one must not believe in histories written by victors; (2) large sections of the officially accepted at his time European history of the past 2000 years or so, and particularly that of Eastern Europe, is based on assumptions, opinions and speculations and has nothing in common with the real history of the continent and its human inhabitants. The situation has not changed as of today. New Hypothesis on the origins of the Khazars
WALESKA, GA – May 24, 2011 (Examiner.com) For eleven years an enigmatic, 11 feet long boulder has been on display in the Hall of Ancients in the Funk Heritage Museum on the campus of Reinhardt University. Thousands of people viewed the boulder. All thought it was something very “special.” Few visitors could make sense out of the concentric rings, circles with crosses, stars and something that looks like a dogwood flower or primitive rose. These carved symbols are known to archaeologists as petroglyphs . New evidence links Early Bronze Age Ireland to the Southeastern United States - National Architecture & Design
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Humans and Neanderthals had sex, but not very often | Not Exactly Rocket Science Tens of thousands of years ago, our ancestors spread across the world, having sex with Neanderthals, Denisovans and other groups of ancient humans as they went. Today, our genes testify to these prehistoric liaisons.
Climatic fluctuations drove key events in human evolution, researchers find Sep. 26, 2011 — Research at the University of Liverpool has found that periods of rapid fluctuation in temperature coincided with the emergence of the first distant relatives of human beings and the appearance and spread of stone tools. Dr Matt Grove from the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology reconstructed likely responses of human ancestors to the climate of the past five million years using genetic modelling techniques. When results were mapped against the timeline of human evolution, Dr Grove found that key events coincided with periods of high variability in recorded temperatures. Dr Grove said: "The study confirmed that a major human adaptive radiation -- a pattern whereby the number of coexisting species increases rapidly before crashing again to near previous levels -- coincided with an extended period of climatic fluctuation.
Sep. 23, 2011 — In an exciting development, an international team of researchers has, for the first time, pieced together the human genome from an Aboriginal Australian. The results, published in the journal Science , re-interpret the prehistory of our species. By sequencing the genome, the researchers demonstrate that Aboriginal Australians descend directly from an early human expansion into Asia that took place some 70,000 years ago, at least 24,000 years before the population movements that gave rise to present-day Europeans and Asians. The results imply that modern day Aboriginal Australians are in fact the direct descendents of the first people who arrived in Australia as early as 50,000 years ago. The study derived from a lock of hair donated to a British anthropologist by an Aboriginal man from the Goldfields region of Western Australia in the early 20th century. Aboriginal Australians: The first explorers
By DANI COOPER - ABC NEWS Added: Friday, 23 September 2011 at 3:21 PM Aboriginal DNA dates Australian arrival - Dani Cooper - ABC News
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SciArt Blog Delicate white flowers on cherry trees illuminated by blue sky and the red brick of the Old Mill buildings in Durham, North Carolina. Located near the east campus of Duke University and home to the offices of NESCent, the long red buildings were built in the 1850s as tobacco warehouses. Blue sky, bright sun, trees are in bloom with delicate white flowers and I make a full stop every time I pass a window. Snow on the trees!
Hyksos The Hyksos or Hycsos ( pron.: / ˈ h ɪ k s ɒ s / ; Egyptian heqa khaseshet , "foreign rulers"; Greek Ὑκσώς , Ὑξώς ) were a mixed people from West Asia who took over the eastern Nile Delta , ending the thirteenth dynasty , and initiating the Second Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt . [ 3 ] The Hyksos first appeared in Egypt c.1800 BC, during the eleventh dynasty , and began their climb to power in the thirteenth dynasty , coming out of the second intermediate period in control of Avaris and the Delta. By the fifteenth dynasty , they ruled Lower Egypt , and at the end of the seventeenth dynasty , they were expelled (c.1560 BC). The Hyksos practiced horse burials , and their chief deity became the Egyptian storm and desert god, Seth , whom they identified with their native storm god . [ 4 ] Although most Hyksos names seem Semitic , the Hyksos also included Hurrians , who, while speaking an isolated language , were under the rule and influence of Indo-Europeans . [ 5 ]
The History of the Sidhe The people known as "The Sidhe" or people of the mounds, or "The Lordly Ones" or "The Good People" were descended from the "Tuatha de Danann" who settled in Ireland millennia ago and in being defeated by the Milesians they retreated to a different dimension of space and time than our own, believed to be living under mounds and fairy raths and cairns, and also the land of "Tír na nÓg" a mythical island to the west of Ireland. Placenames in Ireland with the pre-nouns Lis, Rath, and Shee are associated with these people for example Lismore, Lisdoonvarna, Sheemore, Rathfarnham etc. The history of the Sidhe
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