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Paleontology

Paleontology is a historical science focused on explaining life on earth. The study of fossils can help us answer the question of where we came from.

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What can we learn from computational archaeology?

While archaeological digs are still hands-on projects, some computer programs can help piece together a more complete picture of the site and even what its inhabitants might have looked like. What else can the software tell us?


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Researchers have added another matrilineal society to the mix. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

450 Huge Geometrical Earthworks in the Amazon Hint at Past Civilizations

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Human Penis Bone Disappeared With Rise of Monogamy, Succinct Sex

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Ancient Human Skeleton Found in Antikythera Shipwreck

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Scholars Could Crack the Code of the Etruscan Language With Big, New Find

Archaeologists made a major discovery when they found part of an ancient Etruscan temple. HowStuffWorks Now explains why that matters. See more »

Bronze Age Wonders Emerge After 3,000 Years Beneath a British Bog

Archaeological finds at England's Must Farm are incredible. Learn more about the items found at Must Farm in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

If Those Aren't Human Hands in Ancient Cave Art … What Are They?

Research into the cave art at Wadi Sura II finds non-human hand stencils. Why? Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

New Expedition Hunts for Dinosaurs — And More! — Beneath Antarctic Ice

Fossils the AP3 expedition unearths in Antarctica could offer clues to the evolution of the birds and mammals. Read this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

So You Dug Up a Woolly Mammoth in Your Backyard. Can You Keep It?

A Michigan farmer found the skeleton of a Jeffersonian mammoth on his own property. Learn who gets to keep this mammoth find at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »