Tag Archives: Digging History

This bird's 'eyeball' survived 120 million years

The fossil of an ancient bird discovered in Liaoning, China: The black box shows where the bird’s well-preserved, fossilized eye tissues are located. Credit: Tanaka G. et al./Heliyon Scientists have discovered a surprisingly “visionary” detail about a dinosaur-age bird that had a tooth-filled beak: It could likely see in color. An analysis of the 120-million-year-old bird revealed that the creature’s ...

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Giant extinct bat burrowing bat fossil discovered in New Zealand

An artist’s impression of a New Zealand burrowing bat, Mystacina robusta, that went extinct last century. The new fossil find, Vulcanops jennyworthyae, that lived millions of years ago in New Zealand, is an ancient relative of burrowing or short-tailed bats. (CREDIT: Illustration by Gavin Mouldey.) Fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat, which lived on New Zealand between 16 and ...

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60-million-year-old meteor strike uncovered on remote Isle of Skye

A thin slice of ejecta deposited on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, 60 million years ago.  (Simon Drake) A remote island in Scotland bears traces of out-of-this-world minerals from a 60-million-year-old meteorite impact. A team of geologists from Birkbeck, University of London was examining volcanic rocks on the remote Isle of Skye in Scotland when they uncovered rare minerals that have never ...

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Buried letter at Auschwitz finally unearthed, details horrors seen

This July 29, 2016 file photo shows the main gate of the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, Poland.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File) Auschwitz was liberated in January 1945; a couple of months before that, a Jewish prisoner secretly wrote a letter outlining the horrors he had witnessed, placed it in a thermos then a leather pouch, and buried ...

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Surprise find: Dolphin bones unearthed in medieval island 'grave'

The dolphin skeleton was found on the tiny islet of Chapelle dom Hue, off the west coast of Guernsey in the English Channel.  (Guernsey Archaeology) Archaeologists excavating a medieval site on a tiny islet in the English Channel were baffled by the discovery of a dolphin skeleton in what appears to be a carefully prepared grave. The researchers first thought ...

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800-year-old coffin breaks after child put in it for photo op

A family’s “unbelievable” antics at a U.K. museum has given new emphasis to the ‘look, but don’t touch’ rule. Visitors at a the Prittlewell Priory Museum in Essex managed to break an 800-year-old stone coffin after placing a child inside of it for a photo op, museum officials say. “Staff heard a thump and that was the first indication something ...

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Home of Jesus’ apostles found?

Experts believe they have found the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip. Last month, archaeologists from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College, Israel and Nyack College in New York, completed excavations at el-Araj on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. ...

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Teen discovers Roman treasure

A stunning hoard of ancient silver, believed to have been used as bribes by Romans, was found with a metal detector by a teenager in Scotland. The silver fragments were found in Dairsie, in the Scottish region of Fife, by David Hall in 2014. Hall was just 14 years old at the time of the find. In October, the trove ...

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