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The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
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Slideshow: Mysteries of Megaliths
2 January 2014 2:00 pm
For millennia, people have been fascinated by ancient British monuments like Stonehenge, with their circles of gigantic standing stones. Now, a flurry of discoveries offers a new perspective on the monuments’ meaning and origins. These great rings of earth and stone served as social glue to bring far-flung ancient communities together in ritual, archaeologists say, and building the monuments may have been as important as the grand final product. Surprisingly, new evidence suggests that this ancient tradition arose in the remote Orkney Islands in far northern Scotland, and only later spread south to Stonehenge and Avebury in southern England. Read more at Monumental Roots (subscriber only).