Former Megadeath drummer Nick Menza dies after collapsing on stage

The former drummer with the US thrash metal band Megadeth, Nick Menza, is reported to have died after collapsing on stage at a gig in California.

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Neanderthals may have died off from diseases carried by humans from Africa

Diseases and infections passed on by the ancestors of modern humans when they moved out of Africa and into Europe may have helped wipe out the Neanderthals who previously dominated the continent.

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Stone age massacre offers earliest evidence of human warfare

Some 10,000 years ago a woman in the last stages of pregnancy met a terrible death, trussed like a captive animal and dumped into shallow water at the edge of a Kenyan lagoon. She died with at least 27 members of her tribe, all equally brutally murdered, in the earliest evidence of warfare between stone age hunter-gatherers.

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Flea-bitten empire: How the Romans left parasites, feces and disease in their wake

Study finds that despite hot baths and public lavatories, the Romans spread disease and parasites across the empire

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Archaeologists scour half-buried Marden Henge for answers to mystery of Stonehenge

Pieces of flint tools dropped more than 4,300 years ago on the floor of a house as old as Stonehenge have been laid bare on the edge of Marden Henge, a giant ditch and bank enclosure so buried in rich Wiltshire farmland that it has almost vanished from view.

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Charles Darwin’s voyage on Beagle unfolds online in works by ship’s artist

Digitised sketches and watercolours by Conrad Martens have been placed online by Cambridge University library

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Alopecia cured? Drug for bone marrow condition completely reverses baldness, scientist say

Treatment with a drug normally used for a bone marrow condition has completely reversed baldness caused by alopecia in three patients, scientists in the US have announced. The sufferers had lost at least a third of the hair on their heads, and each regained total hair regrowth within five months of being treated with ruxolitinib, which is approved in the US and EU for treatment of myelofibrosis.

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Shipwreck excavation may explain 349-year-old mystery of how warship blew itself up

Cotswold Archaeology and local divers hope to solve mystery of how the warship London sank off the Southend coast

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Archaeologists find 2,300-year-old iron tooth implant found with Celtic woman's remains

Iron implant is same size and shape as incisors found with Celtic woman's remains – and was likely added after death

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Prehistoric grave-site could challenge our assumptions about the history of Bronze Age

Some 4,000 years ago people carried a young woman's cremated bones – charred scraps of her shroud and the wood from her funeral pyre still clinging to them – carefully wrapped in a fur, along with her most valuable possessions packed into a basket, up to one of the highest and most exposed spots on Dartmoor, and buried them in a small stone box covered by a mound of peat.

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850,000-year-old footprints found on English beach

The oldest human footprints ever found outside Africa, dated at between 850,000 and 950,000 years old, have been discovered on the storm-lashed beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk, one of the fastest eroding stretches of the British coast. Within a fortnight the sea tides that exposed the prints last May destroyed them, leaving only casts and 3D images made through photogrammetry – by stitching together hundreds of photographs – as evidence that a little group from a long-extinct early human species had passed that way.

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It's not just ancient Roman propaganda: Carthaginians really did sacrifice children

Just as ancient Greek and Roman propagandists insisted, the Carthaginians did kill their own infant children, burying them with sacrificed animals and ritual inscriptions in special cemeteries to give thanks for favours from the gods, according to a new study.

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Viking 'war machine' being rebuilt at the British Museum

The fragile timbers of the mightiest Viking warship ever found are being tenderly pieced together at the British Museum where it will be the spectacular centrepiece of the biggest Viking exhibition in a generation.

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Roman head hunters in England: Researchers analyze skulls with gruesome results

Improved forensic techniques have shed new light on 39 skulls excavated near Museum of London in 1988

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Whips, cloaks and parchment: the festive presents of ancient Rome

Matthew Nicholls, who is working on a huge digital recreation of ancient Rome, reveals the gifts given on Saturnalia

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