Small-brained creature interbred with the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans, then half a million years later with Denisovans too – and you may have traces in your DNA
Ruth Schuster is Senior Editor for archaeology and science at the Haaretz English Edition.
Schuster has worked in writing, editing and translation for English and Hebrew-language publications for more than two decades. She holds a BSc in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
She lives in Tel Aviv with her daughter and multiple pets and in her spare time, promotes animal rights.
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Just like the birds that descended from them, and like us, dinosaurs could regulate body temperature, paleothermometrists conclude from analyzing eggshells of three major dinosaur groups
Yoruba and Mende have up to 19-percent genomic contribution from unidentified archaic human, who may have survived until recently. You might have a signal from it in your DNA too
Rates of movement disorders, ADD and degenerative disorders were slightly higher than among children born to nonobese mothers, says study by Ben-Gurion University and Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva
Waters by Israel and Lebanon have warmed by over 3 degrees Celsius and the invading rabbitfish are eating all the algae: The urchin population has collapsed
Homes and silos identified at Tel Tsaf are a rare find given mud-brick’s aversion to rain – and an unseasonably wet winter is already causing exposed bricks to fall apart
Toxic algal blooms are just one problem as the dramatically proliferating river giants transfer nutrients from land to water, scientists discover
‘Talking about the settlement of the Americas is like building a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle with only about 20 pieces,’ explains Prof. Mark Hubbe
Seeping from fracturing seabed, tectonic plate movement and deep-water super-saline pools is as much as produced by Kuwait or the UAE, a team from Max Planck determines
Anomalous Neanderthal tools in two caves are unlike those found in the nearby Denisova Cave, but are remarkably like ones found in distant Croatia
Intricate stone floor by a possible temple and cuneiform texts indicate that Usakli Hoyuk may have been the lost Hittite city of Zippalanda, suggests archaeologist Anacleto D’Agostino
Mega-sinkholes are forming as the Dead Sea shrinks. Israelis feel it’s a disaster, but the Geological Survey of Israel begs to differ and has a quirky suggestion for adapting to the evolving landscape
Over 100,000 years ago, a group of Neanderthals in Italy would winter in a cave by the seaside and dive as much as 4 meters deep to collect shells – but not for eating
Global warming is exacerbating atmospheric chaos in unpredictable ways, science warns, and Tel Aviv just bore the brunt
Archaeologists discover stone table used to measure liquids such as wine or oil for sale in lower part of Jerusalem by a paved plaza
From the discovery of the earliest story art in Asia to the uncovering of the Pilgrimage Road in Jerusalem and burials with pets, the decade that was has shed new light on who we think we are | 2010-2019 roundup: Part 5
Female Scythian warriors have been found before, but this is the first time multiple generations were found buried together – with a golden headdress and other grave goods that thieves missed
Two smallish specimens only twice the size of horses, found in Montana, weren’t teacup tyrannosaurs: Jane and Petey were juveniles of the real thing
Coins placed in a clay juglet 1,200 years ago included rare specimens from North Africa and one issued by Caliph Haroun A-Rashid, on whom 'One Thousand and One Nights,' was based
Spear-throwing is an acquired skill and the peewee atlatls found in the prehistoric North American site of Par-Tee would have fit the hands of children very nicely
Weather havoc is likely to hit around Christmas 2020, say scientists after identifying correlation between warming events around the world
Apes that share and care are capable of achieving superior technological prowess when fishing for termites, science proves. Is this the origin of our cumulative culture?
The last Ice Age peaked 20,000 years ago, then the glaciers began to melt and the oceans to rise – including the Mediterranean, where ancient, drowned villages still lie preserved beneath the waves
Homo erectus died out far later than thought: redating a site in Java shows survival until just over 100,000 years ago
Actual woman’s remains haven’t been found, but analysis of a piece of birch tar she chewed shows she was of hunter-gatherer stock, dark with blue eyes and ate duck
The Romans loved their raw fish guts sauce and, appropriately for an industry based on fermenting fish offal, the factory found in Ashkelon was nowhere near homes