‘Breaking’ News: Six (February 9th – 14th)

It is absolutely not science related (well, not really) but this week’s link round-up comes with a bonus picture!


Now to the news. It may look like it was a bit of a slow week, but there are some real stand-out stories.


Skull found in Porter County yields clues. An interesting investigation, given the discussion of individual or artefact yesterday.

From surf to turf: Archaeologists and chemists trace ancient British diets.

Mass grave excavated at the Uffzi Italian Gallery in Italy. Dates to 4th of 5th century – could be plague victims.

A much more interesting aDNA sotry than the one a bit below. Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans From Two Continents To Clovis.

More than one thousand bodies found during university development, thought to be from former state asylum. Once again the dead make the rules (move your building, in this case).

The story continues… Genomes of Richard III and his proven relative to be sequenced.

Who’s dark-skinned, light-eyed, and can’t drink milk? This 7000-Year-Old Spanish Skeleton. aDNA reveals all.


A very interesting announcement indeed. A Chartered Institute for Archaeologists: the IfA is to receive a Royal Charter.

I grew up with tales of the Treasure on Oak Island. Now people are digging up the island again… and on TV.


Rare fossil reveals marine reptiles evolved to give birth to live young:

New remarkable “Burgess-Shale” fossils from Canada.


Britain’s earliest humanity in epic exhibition

Is this the man responsible for the creation of the Jar of Moles at the Grant Museum?

Ancient Viking code deciphered for the first time, thanks to some sticks.

Hmm. Is something hinky going on here? Rare Apollo statue discovered by fisherman in Gaza Strip seized.


A piece on graduate teaching assistants pay, in relations to the recent university strikes.


“There is no DNA test to prove you’re Native American,” says anthropologist Kim Tallbear


Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t believe they exist… Responding to journalism requests (and also you’ll learn something).

Yep, 2014 may be the year that osteology hoaxes finally push me over the edge. On the Paracas Skulls and mDNA.

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