An study of ancient European DNA has found that indigenous hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived together for 2,000 years, before the hunter-gatherer lifestyle finally died out 5,000 years ago.… Continue Reading
While previous studies of Ashkenazi Jewish DNA showed that 50 – 80% of their male lineage originated in the Near East, a new study has shown that at least 80% of their female lineage originated in Europe.… Continue Reading
Ancient hunter-gatherers in Europe first discovered the joys of bacon, ham and pork chops from around 6,600 years ago, courtesy of migrating farmers and their domesticated pigs from the Near East, a study has revealed.… Continue Reading
Handaxe designs show two distinct Neanderthal cultures in Northern Europe from 115,000 to 35,000 years ago – one in the West spanning western France and Britain, the other in Germany and further East.… Continue Reading
21 German soldiers found entombed in a preserved WW1 dugout in northern France have been laid to rest with full military honours, but their descendants declined to attend the service.… Continue Reading
If you think that the narcissistic tendency of taking images of oneself changing over time began with the YouTube generation, think again. Matthaeus Schwarz was doing it almost 500 years ago.… Continue Reading
A Nazi V-2 rocket owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, one of only 16 left in the world, has gone on display at an aviation museum in Washington State. [Sorry, couldn't resist the headline].… Continue Reading
Well, we’re heading into our 3rd year of blogging and haven’t quit yet, beating the statistic that 95% of blogs end up abandoned and left to die on the web. So, how are we doing on our 2nd birthday?… Continue Reading
A Viking treasure trove discovered by a teenager in a field in Denmark comprises 365 items from Bohemia, Germany, Denmark and England, including 60 rare coins attributed to Norse King Harald Bluetooth.… Continue Reading
While the Dambusters Raid of 16-17 May 1943 is remembered in Britain as one of WW2′s most daring operations, it is remembered very differently by the German people living in the shadow of the dams.… Continue Reading
French archaeologists have unearthed the remains of 5 Celtic warriors and several women in a 2,300 year-old cemetery southeast of Paris. The site is yielding a stunning array of Iron Age finds from the ancient civilisation of Gaul.… Continue Reading
History rarely records the thoughts of those on the receiving end of a new ‘wonder weapon’ in battle. Here is the second of two rare accounts of witnesses to the moment when something about to change warfare forever suddenly and unexpectedly hoves into view…… Continue Reading
In 1902, a 21 year-old farmer’s son wondered in his diary if God had brought him to Rome for a purpose; 56 years later he became pope. Here are 10 men, some born to privelege, some in poverty, who all made the journey from priest to pope.… Continue Reading
ScotlandsDNA believes that everyone who carries one of 3 variants of the red-hair gene is a direct descendant of the first redhead ever to have it - two variants originating in West Asia around 70,000 years ago, and a younger variant originating in Europe around 30,000 years ago.
Earth’s history and future in a 2 year timeline. The evolution of humans has been astronomically unlikely, and the odds are that our species will blink out of existence, just like all of our closest relatives.
The sad death of actor Charles Durning on Christmas Eve brings into focus the wartime service of the ever dwindling 'greatest generation'. Here is a list, by no means definitive, of 50 notable people who served (with varying degrees of distinction) in uniform in WW2.
It is said that everyone on the planet is just 6 steps away from knowing every one else. Images of history's biggest icons show some very unlikely links, including Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria, and Marilyn Monroe and Rasputin.
The press recently hailed the 'remarkable discovery' by a 12 year-old genealogist that 42 out of 43 US presidents have King John as a common ancestor, but the most remarkable aspect of this story would be the odd one out who isn't descended from him.
From the first appearance of Ice Age artefacts, throughout the art of all civilisations, the human face has been preserved in defiance of space and time. This timeline shows our long fascination with our own image...