Ötzi the Iceman may have gone bald in middle age—but hey, at least he had tattoos.
We sometimes think human prehistory was much more peaceful than today. But archaeological evidence suggests otherwise.
Hundreds—even thousands—of years ago, Native American peoples built complex and mysterious earthworks. Here are 11 you can visit for a glimpse into prehistory.
Scientists have uncovered ancient fossils, prehistoric artwork, and other clues to human evolution. Here are nine of the most revealing discoveries that have changed our understanding of our early ancestors—and ourselves.
Scientists and historians have made incredible finds—from the oldest human-made art to long-lost shipwrecks—in the 20 years since Mental Floss began.
New archeological evidence pushes back the arrival of the first North Americans 15,000 years and suggests they occupied the Americas during the Last Glacial Maximum, 26,000 to 19,000 years ago.
From fossilized feces to antediluvian rodent nests, ancient objects are getting their DNA analyzed for clues about the past.
For its planned multimillion-dollar redesign of its iconic Northwest Coast Hall, the American Museum of Natural History is collaborating with Indigenous leaders on an ambitious new conservation project.
From the origins of our species to clues about the future of the universe, scientific discoveries achieved in the last decade transformed our understanding of our world. Here are 14 of the most momentous.
The discovery is the first of its kind, researchers write in a paper published in 'Latin American Antiquity.'
In an effort to substantiate an old tale of an Inuit who crafted a knife out of feces, a Kent State University professor attempted to forge a similar tool from his own poop. The results stunk.
Archaeologists plan to use the 3D model to find out exactly what the woman’s face looked like, warts and all.
The paleo diet recommends eating low-carb foods like our ancient ancestors if we want to reach optimum health. But it turns out that early humans in the Paleolithic era dined on more than just meat.
The Chauvet Cave paintings are tens of thousands of years old and depict iconic animals that are now extinct. Even Werner Herzog was impressed.
There are many mysteries surrounding Stonehenge, but we thought we knew who built it. Now, a study suggests that the 5000-year-old structure was the work of Aegean immigrants and their decedents rather than native Britons.
Archaeologists and geneticists are looking at how human hair, and its countless hair types, evolved over millennia. Their research could shed light on the habits of our ancestors.
Dance is an art form, but it also has a foundation in science. Here's what the experts say about learning how to dance and making the most of your moves.
The Internet is full of niche online courses available to teach you all the things you wish you'd learned when you were in school. Here are nine of the best that you can start in March 2019.
People in wheelchairs can now travel to Machu Picchu in Peru without spending a fortune.