Humanity's forgotten return to Africa revealed in DNA Not so isolated: Khoisan tribes have European DNA (Image: Ariadne Van Zandbergen/Alamy) Call it humanity’s unexpected U-turn. One of the biggest events in the history of our species is the exodus out of Africa some 65,000 years ago, the start of Homo sapiens‘ long march across the world. Cantare Facile TV Loading... by cantarefacile 38,289 views by cantarefacile 18,774 views
Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the Original Akkadian and Enjoy the Sounds of Mesopotamia Long ago, in the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, Akkadian was the dominant language. And, for centuries, it remained the lingua franca in the Ancient Near East. But then it was gradually squeezed out by Aramaic, and it faded into oblivion once Alexander the Great Hellenized (Greekified) the region. Now, 2,000+ years later, Akkadian is making a small comeback.
Crime Series on DVD - Set in Italy (italian-mysteries.com) Many crime series set in Italy are now available on DVD. These are basically TV mini-series which eventually have been released commercially on DVD in a variety of markets around the world. We request viewer input on the availability of any other series set in Italy. -- Email us! Often, to view these terrific shows, one must own a region-free DVD player capable of handling both NTSC and PAL video formats. For more technical detail use the following link:
Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies didn't always look and taste this way. Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, inspire strong reactions nowadays, but humans have been tweaking the genetics of our favourite produce for millennia. While GMOs may involve splicing genes from other organisms (such as bacteria) to give plants desired traits – like resistance to pests, selective breeding is a slower process whereby farmers select and grow crops with those traits over time. From bananas to eggplant, here are some of the foods that looked totally different before humans first started growing them for food. Wild watermelon
Hi Gloss Entertainment Inspector Montalbano is that rare beast, a TV series that actually improves incrementally each time new films are produced. At this stage, the producers have more or less caught up with the novels that Andrea Camilleri had written, so it seemed there would be a break for Montalbano. But lo and behold, someone had the idea to travel backwards, to look at the stories written by Camilleri that pre-date the Inspector Montalbano series we know and love. The results are here for all to see and enjoy in YOUNG MONTALBANO, the first set of six feature films created by Palomar/RAI, and starring Michele Riondino.
Family History (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy/De Agostini Picture Library/L. Pedicini/Bridgeman Images) A wall painting from the House of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii dating to the 1st-century B.C. or the 1st-century A.D. depicts a garden filled with dozens of local species of plants and birds, a birdbath, herms supporting plaques showing sleeping women, and theater masks. No Link Between Introduction of Agriculture & Human Population Growth Currently, the human population growth is about 1% per year. Prehistoric human population growth, from beginning of the end of the Ice Age was just 0.04% annually until about 200 years ago, when a number of factors led to higher growth rates, such as modern medicine. We have been taught that the agricultural revolution increased population growth to some extent… Until now.
This video shows what Ancient Rome actually looked like It's impossible for anyone to see what ancient Rome looked like in all of its splendor, since we've failed to invent a time machine. But the above video, which shows a 3D rendering of Rome in 320 AD, is about as close as we can get. The video was created by Rome Reborn, an academic research project whose central mission is to create a full model of Rome at its greatest heights, working in conjunction with the Khan Academy. The goal is to take historical depictions of the city and create a true-to-life model of every period of Roman development, ranging from 1000 BC to 552 AD. This isn't just a cool pastime; it's useful for everyone from historians to filmmakers looking to capture what the city actually looked like.
How Fruit And Vegetables Have Changed Over Human History If someone handed you a wild banana from 7,000 years ago, you would barely recognize it from its modern-day ancestor. Fruit and vegetables have changed a lot since humans have domesticated them over the past few thousand years. They’ve undergone a transformation from selective breeding that has tailored them to suit our picky tastes and conveniences. More recently, fruit and veg have been molded by genetic engineering, allowing us to pick ‘n’ mix the best genes from desirable plants. This video from Business Insider gives you a small sample of the make-overs much of our fruit and vegetables have undergone. Main image credit: John Mason/Flickr.
Rome The ‘Eternal City’ In Its Peak Showcased Through A Brilliantly Animated Video An incredible fruit of collaboration between the Rome Reborn project and Khan Academy, the video in question gives us a fascinating tour through the ancient mega city in its arguably peak form in 320 AD. In essence, this was the period when emperor Constantine was successful in once again centralizing the power of the state, while also endowing freedom of worship for Christians. In many ways, this short epoch of stability became the ‘last hurrah’ of glory for the ancient stronghold – before the Roman Empire was divided, and consequently Rome lost its significance in the coming centuries. As overseer of the Rome Reborn project Dr. Bernard Frischer, makes it clear why 320 AD was chosen as the subject of the video tour –
Headless Roman Gladiator Skeletons Identified (Photos) A new analysis of headless skeletons is revealing more about the lives of these mysterious men, who were likely Roman gladiators. For instance, DNA analysis suggests they had poor childhood health and were used to holding and wielding weapons. Here's a look at the decapitated Roman-age bodies. [Read the full story on the decapitated gladiators] Amazing care
Unknown Richly Decorated Statue of Roman Emperor Trajan Kept in Storage of Bulgaria’s National Museum of History for Decades Fragments of the unknown statue of Roman Emperor Trajan decorated with mythology motifs which was found at the Roman fortress and road station Candidiana near Bulgaria’s Malak Preslavets on the Danube. It is seen here lying on the floor of the Laboratory of the National Museum of History in Sofia. This discovery from the 1980s has not been announced to the public. Photo: Standart daily An unknown statue of Roman Emperor Trajan (r. 98-117 AD) with a rich decoration of motifs from the ancient mythology has been kept for decades at the Laboratory of Bulgaria’s National Museum of History.