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The Higgs Bison: Mystery species hidden in cave art

Courtesy Carole Fritz

Courtesy Carole Fritz

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE—Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls more than 15,000 years ago.

“Finding that a hybridization event led to a completely new species was a real surprise – as this isn’t really meant to happen in mammals,” says study leader Professor Alan Cooper, ACAD Director. “The genetic signals from the ancient bison bones were very odd, but we weren’t quite sure a species really existed – so we referred to it as the Higgs Bison.” Read more

Evidence of Extra Fingers and Toes in the ancient Culture of Pueblo People of Chaco Canyon

Footprints with 6 Toes found behind the Pueblo Bonito-Site in Chaco Canyon. Photo: Peter Faris

In the Chaco Canyon (Mexico), People of the ancient Pueblo Culture decorated their Houses with six-digit handprints and footprints. Researchers suggest that Beings with an extra finger and/or toe were important and respected in this Society. According to National Geographic, researchers were aware of polydactyl (many Fingers) among the Pueblo Culture for many Years. Several skeletal remains with extra toes and fingers have also been found. The Research-Team, led by anthropologist Patricia Crown of the University of New Mexico, also sought to determine how common polydactyl was among the Pueblo People. They analyzed 96 Skeletons excavated from the Pueblo Bonito Site. They found three Individuals with a sixth toe on the right Foot. Read more National Geographic Report Society for american Achaeology  

DNA-Analysis reveals a previously unknown humanoid Species on Earth

Traces of an unknown Species have been discovered in South and Southeast Asian Population. But no archaeological Remains of that Species has been found so far. Is this Species the so called “Missing Link”?

Researchers have determined that our genome –of modern humans— is formed by fragments of at least four different Species. Three of those species – Homo Sapiens, Neanderthals, and Denisovans— are known to researchers. However, a new study has proven there is a mysterious ‘fourth kind’ of species which we know nothing about. Read more Nature Genetics Scientific Paper  

New DNA-Tests on ancient Paracas Skulls changes known History

The more than 2,000 Year old Paracas Skulls on display at Museo Regional de Ica in the City of Ica in Peru.

In 1928, the Peruvian Archaeologist Julio Tello found more than 300 of these elongated Skulls in a massive and elaborate Graveyard containing tombs filled with the Remains of Individuals with the largest elongated skulls found anywhere in the World. According to first DNA-Tests done by Geneticists, the Skulls have mitochondrial DNA “with mutations unknown in any Human, Primate, or animal known so far”. Now, a second round of DNA-Testing has been completed and the Results are still controversial. The Tests have shown that the Skulls seem to have European and middle Eastern Origin. Read more