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New signs of pre-Viking life on the Faroe Islands

The earliest traces of human life on the Faroe Islands date back to the Viking era. But new pollen analyses suggest that people, and perhaps even agriculture, existed on the islands long before the Vikings arrived.

DNA drilled up from the bottom of Greenland’s ice sheet

DNA residues drilled up from Greenland’s ice sheet base reveal a green, lush landscape before the great island became covered by ice. New methods in DNA research make it possible to show a Greenland that’s different to the one we know today.

Prehistoric fossil preserved in a leech cocoon

For the first time ever, scientists can see the nucleus of an animal that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.

Stone Age hunters liked their carbs

Analyses of Stone Age settlements reveal that the hunters were healthy and would gladly eat anything they could get their hands on, including carbohydrates – contrary to the modern definition of the Paleolithic, or Stone Age diet.

Here’s the weather report – from 5,200 years ago

Scientists can now tell us how the weather in the North Atlantic has changed over the last 5,200 years. New research enables them to ‘see’ more than 4,000 years further back in time than before.

Mountains are younger than we think

A new study has shaved several million years off the age of mountain ranges following new evaluations of fossils and other impressions of ancient sea animals and plants.

New sea snake species rattles scientists

A newly discovered species of sea snake gorges itself with fish eggs in Australia’s coral reefs. The distribution of the species could give new insight into aquatic life..

An entire army sacrificed in a bog

Archaeologists have found skeletal remains of an entire army in an ancient mass grave in Denmark. The bones confirm reports from written sources of shocking Teutonic massacres.

Your DNA loves horror movies

When we watch a scary movie, we’re training our ability to cope with critical situations. This explains our natural attraction to horror, says researcher.

Study casts doubt on popular mass extinction theory

A new study casts doubt on a popular theory about the mass extinction that occurred in the transition between two geological periods, the Triassic and the Jurassic. The findings give us a better understanding of today’s climate changes, scientists claim.