There are three types of Pseudopus legless lizards, not two, and the Levantine one is the biggest – and the oldest, says new zoological study
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.
Excavation by a church in the heart of Oxford finds strange layer with no sign of swine, and pots in which only kosher animals were cooked
Dogs joined households in the Levant well over 12,000 years ago, but this crippled canine is the earliest evidence of dog domestication in the Arabian Peninsula
We thought an advanced frontal lobe was a basal human condition, but the earliest archaic humans to leave Africa and reach Europe had a frontal cortex like chimps
Some of the most beautiful Paleolithic cave art is in the pitch-black depths of cave systems, so who were they drawing for?
Archaeologists identify one of the first women to reach Europe. Her line died out, but three other early humans, in Bulgaria, appear to have descendants today
Exploring not only what was, but what could have been
Pond scum poisons are reaching the air, and the Antarctic is providing a terrifying clue for our future
Genetic analysis shows that while the Scythians seemingly came from several places to the central Asian steppe, the Basques were not big on moving and mixing
New evidence bolsters theory that early humans were complex in behavior early in our evolution. Hoarding useless things is one such indication
Pre-Viking fighters of Valsgarde, Sweden, were buried in boats with their weapons and armor, cooking gear, animals - and down bedding, just like in Sutton Hoo. But what was a headless owl doing there?
Fossils found in Newfoundland throw back cephalopod evolution by tens of millions of years, but does a species' longevity speak to braininess?
Rather than waste their time farming wheat and pigs, copper miners in the Austrian Alps imported stuffs in ready-to-cook form, or already as food
The discovery of vast shell middens, aka garbage from seafood feasts, attests that the rising seas as the Ice Age waned didn't wash away all trace of prehistoric societies living by the sea
Extreme wildfires in southeastern Australia encountered 'perfect storm' of circumstances that produced a high-atmosphere haze comparable to that of a volcanic eruption, say Weizmann Institute scientists
Israeli archaeologists and looters are playing a game of cat and mouse in the Judean Desert around Dead Sea Scrolls ■ And: how a serendipitous bathroom break changed history
The conditions amenable to the mosquito had been thought to be correlated with agriculture creating stagnant water. Yet in Southeast Asia, the disease predated farming by at least thousands of years
Written mainly in Greek, newly unveiled Dead Sea Scrolls fragments contain parts of the book of the 12 minor prophets. Massive survey of Israel's Judean Desert caves also discovered body of mummified child wrapped in a 6,000-year-old blanket
The apocalyptic and messianic visions in the Dead Sea Scrolls are clear even if who the Scrolls Sect members is anything but. The Essenes are no longer a consensus option
Isotope analysis of remains from these fabled Iron Age people who terrified Herodotus reveals some Scythians did get about, but most settled down
Rising sea is unstoppable and the world is in dangerous denial about the ramifications, not only for homes with a view of the great blue yonder
Scientists revisit Neanderthal bones from Spy Cave that had been dated to as recent as 28,000 years ago and realize they were contaminated by a modern cow
Found in a Scythian grave in the frozen Altai Mountains, this ancient Persian-type rug maintained its bright colors. How could that be?
A woolly mammoth rib lying in a museum since 1848 has been dated to 12,800 years old – and becomes the latest evidence that we met and maybe ate of the elephant in northeast America, too
Yes, the song by Finnish researcher Jakub Kubecka features ‘endearingly crude’ dance on a rooftop and the immortal line ‘I’m the first author, you’re just et al’
Modeling ear structures of Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and an archaic human from Spain shows the Neanderthals could hear, and produce sounds, much as we do
Fossils from the earliest primate group, the appropriately named Purgatorius found in Hell Creek, Montana, date to before the mass extinction 65 million years ago
Tel Aviv University archaeologists Miki Ben-Dor and Ran Barkai proffer novel hypothesis, showing how the greed of Homo erectus set us careening down an anomalous evolutionary path
The naturalistic painting of the roo on the ceiling of a rock shelter is a lot like Indonesian art tens of thousands of years earlier
We may however have delivered some megafauna species the coup de grâce, especially after a magnetic pole reversal caused global mayhem 42,000 years ago