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New horned dinosaur species discovered in Montana by amateur

New horned dinosaur species discovered in Montana by amateur | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A novice fossil collector's lucky find in a remote Montana badlands more than a decade ago has turned out to be a new kind of spectacularly-horned dinosaur, researchers announced Wednesday.
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Jihadists mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels

Jihadists mobilize in Syria as peacemaking unravels | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Jihadi militants in Syria including al Qaeda are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar al-Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce
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Lawmaker Briefly Proposes Regulation To Ensure Strippers Are Young And Trim

Lawmaker Briefly Proposes Regulation To Ensure Strippers Are Young And Trim | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A female colleague called the suggestion "utterly disrespectful and disgusting."
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4,800-year-old fossil of mother cradling baby discovered

4,800-year-old fossil of mother cradling baby discovered | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Just in time for Mother's Day, archaeologists in Taiwan have discovered a 4,800-year-old human fossil of a mother cradling an infant child in her arms, according to Reuters. "When it was unearthed, all of the archaeologists and staff members were shocked. Why? Because the mother was looking down at the baby in her hands," Chu Whei-lee, a curator in the Anthropology Department at Taiwan's National Museum of Natural Science, told the news agency. The fossil was among 48 sets of human remains unearthed in graves in Taichung City, Taiwan. Archaeologists used carbon dating to figure out the ages of the remains, which included five children. The excavation started in May 2014. For archaeologists in
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Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf

Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions.
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Once-fugitive real estate heir's plea deal approved

Once-fugitive real estate heir's plea deal approved | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Real estate heir Robert Durst will serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge — more than 4 ½ times the maximum under federal guidelines.
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Hero dog dies of exhaustion after rescuing 7 from earthquake in Ecuador

Hero dog dies of exhaustion after rescuing 7 from earthquake in Ecuador | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A rescue dog in Ecuador died of exhaustion after saving seven people in the aftermath of an earthquake.
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The 'Midnight Terror Cave' of Belize was a child sacrifice site, experts report

The 'Midnight Terror Cave' of Belize was a child sacrifice site, experts report | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
10,000 bones don't lie.
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U.S. judge rules search warrant in FBI child porn website probe invalid

The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Young in Boston marked a potentially major setback to a probe that has resulted in at least 137 people being charged in the United States and prompted overseas investigations. Young ruled that a Virginia-based federal magistrate judge had no jurisdiction to
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Etruscan stone could help unravel enigma of one of Italy's first civilizations

Etruscan stone could help unravel enigma of one of Italy's first civilizations | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
By Isla Binnie FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - A rare inscription found on a stone unearthed near Florence is exciting archaeologists who say it may help reveal the secrets of the Etruscans, one of Italy's earliest and most enigmatic civilizations. The Etruscans flourished in central Italy 2,500 years
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Catholic Pole unmasked as impostor in Jewish community

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Jewish leader in Poland said Thursday that her community was deceived by a Polish Catholic man who pretended to be an Orthodox Jew, wearing a beard and payots — curly sideburns in front of the ears — and leading prayers in Hebrew.
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Oldest Example Of A Chambered Heart Found In A 113 Million Year Old Fossil

Oldest Example Of A Chambered Heart Found In A 113 Million Year Old Fossil | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Did these fossils have a change of heart? This research is presented this week in the journal eLife lead by co-first authors Lara Maldanis and Murilo Carvalho at the Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory in Campinas, Brazil. Research into the evolution of organ systems that are mainly comprised of soft parts is often stymied by the fact they are not easily preserved in the fossil record—although recent close examination of specimens with advanced imaging and microscopy techniques shows these structures may be preserved more often than previously though. Last year, for example, researchers in China were able to uncover a 540 million year old example of a central nervous system in a fossilized arthropods.
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First Customer Complaint Ever Is Almost 4,000 Years Old and Has an Incredible Story

First Customer Complaint Ever Is Almost 4,000 Years Old and Has an Incredible Story | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
This customer complaint written in a stone tablet is not much different from a modern Yelp review.
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Syria regime retakes key town outside capital: monitor

Syria regime retakes key town outside capital: monitor | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Beirut (AFP) - Syrian troops backed by fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah retook a key town outside Damascus from rebels on Thursday, a monitor said.
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Hiroshima atomic bomb victims want apology from Obama

Hiroshima atomic bomb victims want apology from Obama | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Victims of the atomic bombings of Japan want an apology from US President Barack Obama when he visits Hiroshima next week, the head of a survivors' group said Thursday. Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945,
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DNA ties 8,500-year-old ‘Kennewick Man’ skeleton to Native American tribes

DNA ties 8,500-year-old ‘Kennewick Man’ skeleton to Native American tribes | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week, opening the process for returning one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America to one of those tribes for burial. The Northwestern Division of the corps said its decision was based on a review of new information, particularly recently published DNA and skeletal analyses. The corps, which owns the remains, said the skeleton is now covered by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The 8,500-year-old remains were discovered in 1996 in southeastern Washington near the Columbia River in Kennewick, triggering a lengthy legal fight between tribes and scientists over whether the bones should be buried immediately or studied.
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Earth Gets Greener as Globe Gets Hotter

Earth Gets Greener as Globe Gets Hotter | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has created a greener planet, a new NASA study shows. The radical greening "has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system," lead author Zaichun Zhu, a researcher from Peking University in Beijing, said
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600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town

600 kilos of Roman coins discovered in Spanish town | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Construction workers have found 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials said Thursday. "It is a unique collection and there are very few similar cases," Ana Navarro, head of Seville's Archeology Museum
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Church organist told to ‘keep quiet’ after gay porn allegation‏

Church organist told to ‘keep quiet’ after gay porn allegation‏ | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A CHURCH organist was told to keep quiet after he said he discovered gay pornography – including possible images of children – on the…

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Protest planned to support Argentine woman jailed for miscarriage

Protest planned to support Argentine woman jailed for miscarriage | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Women's and abortion rights groups will march Thursday demanding the release of a woman sentenced to eight years in jail following a miscarriage. The woman, 27, called Belen in press accounts, has become a symbol of the lamentable state of women's rights in Argentina, where abortion is legal
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Romsey Abbey: The mystery of the hair in the coffin - BBC News

Romsey Abbey: The mystery of the hair in the coffin - BBC News | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For the past few months, archaeologists have been testing a full head of hair found in a coffin. Is it the hair of a saint?
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Colorado nuns get higher fence to avoid harassment

An order of cloistered Roman Catholic nuns won approval from a Denver suburb to build a higher fence to prevent people from entering their property to harass them, the Sisters' advocate said on Friday. The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Colorado asked the city of Littleton to add two feet to a six-foot
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'We can't prove sex with children does them harm' says Labour-linked NCCL

'We can't prove sex with children does them harm' says Labour-linked NCCL | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
EVIDENCE has emerged that the views of the Paedophile Information Exchange influenced policy-making at the National Council for Civil Liberties when it was run by former Labour Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
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13 Unbelievable Facts About The Civil War (That You Didn't Know Until Now)

13 Unbelievable Facts About The Civil War (That You Didn't Know Until Now) | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Think you know everything about the Civil War? What about Robert E. Lee's chicken, or the story of the first conjoined twins drafted for an American war effort? Here are 13 facts about the conflict that you probably didn't know.
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Amnesty accuses Nigeria's military over deadly Shiite clashes

Amnesty accuses Nigeria's military over deadly Shiite clashes | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Amnesty International on Friday accused Nigeria's military of deliberately shooting dead more than 350 Shiite Muslims, burying them in mass graves and destroying evidence of the crime. The rights group also dismissed as baseless army claims that the protesters from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria
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