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  1. Complex Elevator and Trap Door System for Raising Wild Animals into the Colosseum Reconstructed

    ... and other arenas of the ancient Roman empire. Innumerable animals killed and were killed in the blood-thirsty games, forced into the ... wolves and jaguars, was so bad that populations of some animals dropped precipitously in some of their ranges. Experts have estimated ...

    Mark Miller - 08/06/2015 - 22:08

  2. The Whimsical Legend of How the Chinese Zodiac Animals were Chosen

    ... which literally means ‘birth likeness’). There are 12 animals, and together, they make up the Chinese zodiac. The traditional ... Signs Unlike the zodiac signs of Western astrology, the animals of the Chinese zodiac are not based on the constellations. Whilst the ...

    dhwty - 09/02/2016 - 00:35

  3. An Ox, an Ass … a Dragon? Sorry, there were no Animals in the Bible’s Nativity Scene

    ... From nativity plays to crèche sets to Christmas cards, animals are ubiquitous in our vision of the birth of Christ – but according ... Bible, not a single animal was there. Where did all these animals come from, and why are they now so central to the story? ...

    ancient-origins - 20/12/2017 - 02:00

  4. Ancient Canaanites Imported Animals from Egypt to be Sacrificed

    The skeleton of a donkey and several other animals, which were ritualistically sacrificed by Canaanites, have been found ... the animal remains revealed that the Canaanites imported the animals from the kingdom of the pharaohs for sacrificial purposes. The ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 27/06/2016 - 21:49

  5. Mesoamericans at Teotihuacan kept Ferocious Animals Captive and May Have Fed them with Humans

    ... excavating at Teotihuacan found at least 194 bones of animals that were sacrificed and placed inside pyramids to dedicate the ... with the development of large monumental structures where animals were embedded into pyramids as key symbols of the Teotihuacan state. ...

    Mark Miller - 20/12/2015 - 03:34

  6. Ritual and Burial: The Strange and Elaborate Ways Humans Prepared Animals for the Afterlife

    ... epochs. Many cultures around the globe have buried animals for various reasons: sentimentality, religious rituals, superstition, ... just to catalogue what the ancient humans ate or which animals they domesticated, but these finds also shed light on the very ... on only a few of the surprising ways humans have buried animals through history. Illustration of the Hindu ...

    lizleafloor - 07/09/2015 - 14:49

  7. 70 Million Mummified Animals in Egypt Reveal Dark Secret of Ancient Mummy Industry

    ... “dark secret,” a staggering 70 million mummified animals have been found in underground catacombs across Egypt, including cats, ... form were worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. The mummified animals were considered sacred gifts and were used as offerings. Because this ...

    lizleafloor - 12/05/2015 - 14:05

  8. Dogs of War: Ancient History of Animals in Warfare

    ... always for food or protection. The dirty history of animals in warfare is sometimes inspiring, sometimes disturbing, but without ... of a mounted warrior succinctly captures the history of animals in war, but many animals, such as dogs, camels, elephants, pigs, oxen, ...

    lizleafloor - 05/06/2016 - 15:45

  9. Excavation reveals bizarre Celtic burial with hybrid-animal bone arrangements

    ... Archaeologists also unearthed a series of bizarre hybrid-animals, in which the bones of different animals were intentionally combined together in what is reminiscent of the ...

    Mark Miller - 12/07/2015 - 22:04

  10. Hair-Raising Tales of Paranormal Animals that Possess Humans, See Death, and Act as Messengers of the Gods

    ... not just people are confronted with the supernatural. Animals can also be haunted or, in turn, they can haunt and even possess. ... impulses. The most common cases of possession caused by animals were said to be those in which a man was possessed by the spirit of one ...

    valdar - 11/03/2016 - 14:23

  11. Miners Strike Ice Age Gold Finding Two Beasts of Beringia in Yukon

    ... caribou calf from the last ice age. The discovery of the two animals which are almost perfectly preserved is rare and exciting for both ... they can allow scientists to better understand the lives of animals in the ice ige and conditions in the environment tens of thousands of ...

    Ed Whelan - 19/09/2018 - 13:59

  12. First humans in Florida lived alongside giant animals

    ... that the first humans in Florida lived alongside giant animals that have since become extinct. A geologist made the proposal a century ... the Old Man Vero site, show that humans and late Pleistocene animals, some of them gigantic, lived contemporaneously in the same vicinity. ...

    Mark Miller - 01/01/2015 - 00:49

  13. Elephants, Peacocks, and Horses: The Amazing Animals of Alexander the Great

    ... be seen as a symbol of power. Stories about his interest in animals are well known too. He was probably intrigued by other species as ... It is believed that Persians brought about fifteen of these animals to the battle. When Alexander won it, he took all of them. He spent ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 08/12/2016 - 14:53

  14. Mummifying Millions: The Canine Catacombs and the Animal Cult Industry of Ancient Egypt

    ... of Saqqara is the burial site of kings, commoners and sacred animals. Millions upon millions of animal mummies have been found in the ... has been to investigate animal cults with a focus on the animals themselves, the individuals who operated aspects of the cult (e.g. ...

    lizleafloor - 09/06/2015 - 14:37

  15. Pre-human ancestors may have used tools to butcher animals 3.4 million years ago

    Some animals, including chimpanzees, crows, elephants, sea otters and dolphins, are ... functions. But what really sets people apart from tool-using animals is the uniquely human practice of using tools to make other tools, ... working in Ethiopia have identified cut marks on fossilized animals bones buried in sediment from 3.4 million years ago—earlier than any ...

    Mark Miller - 23/08/2015 - 00:22

  16. Bestiary, The Book of Beasts: Compendiums of Medieval Monsters and Moral Lessons

    ... in gold and silver showcased a compendium of living animals and birds, rare and common, and mythological creatures, benign and ... humans were felt to be within nature, but apart from it. “Animals were said to have the characteristics they do not merely by accident; ...

    lizleafloor - 19/11/2015 - 00:45

  17. Primates of Ancient Egypt: The Bizarre and Satirical Monkeys of Amarna—Part II

    ... landscape in ancient Egypt. A wealth of depictions of these animals exists in varied media spanning all dynasties. But it is in Amarna that ... landscape in ancient Egypt. A wealth of depictions of these animals exists in varied media spanning all dynasties. But it is in Amarna that ...

    anand balaji - 02/05/2018 - 01:59

  18. Stone Age Spaniards ate domestic dogs and badgers

    ... show people in Spain thousands of years ago ate carnivorous animals if they became hungry enough. Archaeologists found the bones of 24 processed animals in el Mirador Cave in Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain. Other evidence ...

    Mark Miller - 29/05/2018 - 00:04

  19. Creatures of the Land, Sea and Heavens: Ancient Beliefs in Animal Counterparts

    ... world’s animal and marine life. The belief that land animals had counterparts in the sea has long been common among the laity. The ... to be found in the sea the forms, not only of terrestrial animals, but of inanimate objects even, is easily to be understood by all who ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 25/12/2016 - 00:45

  20. Discovery of mummified kestrel reveals evidence for falconry in ancient Egypt

    ... world, humans have associated gods of various religions with animals. Some individual animals in ancient Egypt were so sacred they were believed to have the spirits ...

    Mark Miller - 04/09/2015 - 15:02

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