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Your body’s full of stuff you no longer need. Here's a list.

An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun. Evolutionary anthropologist and Boston College post-doc, Dorsa Amir, started the whole thing with a series of eight tweets, and boy did she start something fun. Amir laid out a list of weird, once-useful details of the human anatomy that we continue to c...
Tags: Science, History, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Darwin, Physiology, Boston College, Amir, Ancient World, Bann, Human body, Dorsa Amir, Sabre Tooth, Stephen Roughley


Teeth prove women helped produce 8th-century religious manuscripts

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Rare gemstone particles found in an 8th-century nun's mouth shatter a historical misconception

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


What are we really doing here? 10 quotes from Yuval Noah Harari

In Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari investigated the last half-million years to understand how we've arrived here.In Homo Deus, he speculated on how our present course will influence the future of humanity.Harari's insights are strongly influenced by his thoughts on religion, sexuality, and animal rights. None Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari made his mark investigating the transition from Neanderthals to Homo sapiens. His 2014 book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, is that rare history book...
Tags: Animals, Religion, Society, History, United States, Innovation, Anthropology, Trump, Derek, Siddhartha Gautama, Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari, Harari, Homo, Ancient World, Esther perel


3 pieces of historical evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ

Jesus's historical existence is generally accepted among scholars.The evidence for the reality of Jesus Christ includes writings by historians, artifacts and eyewitness accounts.The spiritual and miraculous nature of Jesus is a different story. None Can we prove that Jesus Christ actually walked the Earth about 2,000 years ago? Without getting into the spiritual, science should be able to provide such an answer for a phenomenon that currently has about 2.2 billion adherents around the world, sho...
Tags: Religion, History, Earth, Rome, Palestine, Christianity, Innovation, Archaeology, Jesus, God, Christian, University of Cambridge, Christ, Pliny, Turin, James


The path of bliss: 11 epic quotes from Joseph Campbell

The famous academic will forever be known for his message to "follow your bliss".George Lucas admitted that Star Wars was heavily influenced by Campbell. The Power of Myth remains one of the most popular public television series of all time. None Very few biographies can be described in three words, yet the entirety of mythologist Joseph Campbell's career has often been summed up in one simple message: follow your bliss. Problem is, this catchphrase has been stripped of much of its intended mea...
Tags: Psychology, Hollywood, Religion, Innovation, Storytelling, Literature, Buddhism, George Lucas, Joe, Derek, Bill Moyers, Buddha, Campbell, Joyce, Joseph Campbell, Ancient World


10 of the greatest ancient and pagan holidays

A great deal of modern holidays derived from Ancient Roman festivities.The changes of the seasons was a popular time to hold reverence for local gods and goddesses.Nearly every culture in the past had a unique holiday in which they celebrated, venerated and worshipped.For as long as there has been humankind, there has been celebration. Whether it's the changing of the seasons or worshipping of some deity or idea, we'll always have a cause for revelry. Here are 10 of the greatest ancient and pag...
Tags: Greece, Scotland, Society, History, Earth, Rome, Ireland, Egypt, Christianity, Innovation, Athens, Northern Europe, Marduk, Valentine, Don, Julius Caesar


Why the Nazis were obsessed with finding the lost city of Atlantis

The mythical city of Atlantis was first mentioned in Plato's writings.Top Nazis, including Heimlich Himmler, tried to find the city through expeditions.The island was key to Nazi thinking about the "Aryan race". You might think Spielberg and Lucas just made up all the run-ins Indiana Jones kept having with the Nazis. But the truth is likely stranger than fiction - the Nazis were not only obsessed with the mystical and the undiscovered, they staked a large part of their strategy to winning Worl...
Tags: Asia, Politics, Science, Tibet, Washington, Germany, Nazis, India, Religion, Iran, History, War, Earth, Britain, Innovation, Portugal


How Christians co-opted the winter solstice

Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival of Saturnalia. The historical Jesus was not born on December 25th as many contemporary Christians believe. Many staple Christmas traditions predated the festival and were tied into ancient pagan worship of the sun and related directly to the winter solstice.In the depths of darkness covering the entire Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice has marked the shortest day of the year. It has always held significance in many culture's religiou...
Tags: Massachusetts, Religion, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Bacchus, Northern Hemisphere, Celts, Ancient World, Saturnalia, Lucian of Samosata, Gaius Valerius Catullus


Archaeologists unearth dozens of mummified cats in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have found dozens of mummified cats in the tomb of a royal offical.The cats will join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of previously discovered ancient kitties.While the cats are nothing special, the tomb also held well preserved beetles. There are three things that everybody knows about ancient Egypt: they had mummies, built the pyramids as tombs for kings, and really liked cats. While there is vastly more to ancient Egyptian culture than these details, they are accura...
Tags: Facebook, Death, Animals, Religion, Egypt, Innovation, Smithsonian, University of Bristol, Archeology, Hinduism, UC Berkeley, Khufu, BCE, Ministry of Antiquities, Ancient World, Richard Evershed


How non-industrial cultures view mental illness

Many abnormal behaviors that are considered by western psychologists to be mental illnesses that require treatment are seen in a much different and even positive light in non-industrial or "primitive" societies. Things like hearing voices, hallucinations, and other unconventional behaviors are seen as the start of a spiritual awakening. Many of these individuals go on to become spiritual leaders and shamans of their communities. Alan Watts and Terrence McKenna both commented on and were conce...
Tags: Psychology, Identity, Society, Mental Health, Innovation, Self, Watts, McKenna, DSM, Taoism, Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, Ancient World, Terence McKenna, Terrence McKenna, British Psychological Association


9 people who were way ahead of their time

Sometimes, people are so far ahead of the curve that it takes everybody else hundreds of years to catch up to their ideas.While many people are content to quietly sit back and flow with popular opinion, these nine thinkers let the world know what it was doing wrong, often with major consequences. These great thinkers remind us that taking an unpopular, bold stance might not be madness. It's been said that when you're one step ahead of the crowd you're a genius but that two steps ahead make you a...
Tags: UK, England, France, India, Religion, Society, Rome, Gay, United States, Feminism, Innovation, Literature, Philosophy, Catholic, Gender Equality, Alexandria


Women Achieved Enormous Power in Ancient Egypt. What They Did With It Is a Warning for Today

"Ancient Egypt allowed more females into power in the ancient world than any other place on earth. Was that society somehow more progressive than we might expect? The answer is a quick and deflating no."
Tags: Gender, News, Opinion, Women, Uncategorized, Egypt, Ancient World


Why Modern Misogynists Love Ancient History, and What They Get Wrong About It, According to an Expert

'Not All Dead White Men' author Donna Zuckerberg talks to TIME
Tags: Books, Gender, News, Opinion, Uncategorized, Ancient World, Donna Zuckerberg


Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

And the Leaning Tower of Pisa can pick up BBC World Service The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, has remained an architectural mystery.…
Tags: Software, BBC World Service, Giza, Pisa, Ancient World


Winged words: the importance of birds in the ancient world

One good reason for studying the natural history of the ancient world is that it takes us outside the bubble we happen to be living in now, and enables us to look back at our world from the outside, as it were, and perhaps see it differently. As T.S. Elliot famously said, “the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” It is estimated that in modern Britain we have lost more than half of all our wildlife in the last fifty years, a staggeri...
Tags: Books, Featured, Britain, Athens, Crete, Pompeii, Aristotle, Aesop, Aristophanes, Ancient Rome, Elliot, Ornithology, Knossos, Homer, Ancient Greece, Arts & Humanities


The Ancient Origins of Our Modern Obsession With Breaking World Records

The impulse now exemplified by the Guinness Book of World Records dates back centuries—but how do you measure a record without a stopwatch?
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Sports, Ancient World


The curious tale of Roman emperors as judges

The first dynasty of Roman emperors, collectively known as the Julio-Claudians, knew how to make headlines. From the frequent accounts by contemporary and later writers of their use of torture, rape, and murder to the more recherché ways of humiliation and abuse such as seeking to appoint a horse as consul (as the historian Cassius Dio says of Caligula), there is little to suggest that the administration of justice was very high on their agenda. Even if we make allowance for the motives of the a...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Law, France, Senate, History, Judge, Magistrate, Nero, Augustus, Roman Empire, Caligula, Ancient World, Legitimacy, Petitioners


How much do you know about ancient ghosts, witches, and monsters?

From tales of Medusa’s wretched gaze turning men to stone to the cunning Sphinx torturing the city of Thebes, supernatural creatures and beings have long been a part of poems and children’s stories for centuries. Ghost stories, urban legends, and tales of frightening monsters still thrill us today. The ancient world was no different. The Greeks’ and Romans’ fears and superstitions informed their culture, and have long fascinated scholars intrigued by the extant corpus of mentions of witches, gho...
Tags: Halloween, Books, Featured, Iliad, Witches, Medusa, Sphinx, Superstitions, Achilles, Thebes, Odysseus, Perseus, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Classics & Archaeology, Oxford Classical Dictionary


Innovations from the ancient world

Beginning over two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks and Romans innovated a surprising array of concepts that we take for granted today. It’s hard to imagine where we’d be without the Greek alphabet, Euclid’s geometric concepts, Roman concrete, and more. Many of the letters of the Greek alphabet originally came from Phoenician (called “Canaanite” in the Bible) sources early in the eighth century BCE. Through the centuries, regional letters came in and out of use, but by 370 BCE the whole Gr...
Tags: Infographics, Infographic, Athens, Classics, Invention, Pompeii, Archimedes, Euclid, Wikimedia Commons, Herculaneum, Hippocrates, *Featured, Online products, Classics & Archaeology, Oxford Online, Oxford Classical Dictionary