The schistosome parasite, which enters the body through the skin of persons coming in contact with infested waters. The adult worm lives in the veins of its host and causes schistosomiasis

Parasitic egg that now infects 200 million people worldwide found in 6,200-year-old skeleton

Scientists have found the earliest known evidence of infection with a parasitic worm, that now afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide, in a skeleton more than 6,000 years old.

The 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar on display in Ulan Bator

Fossil of a 70-million-year-old ‘Terror Lizard’ goes back to Mongolia

Deal agreed to return Tarbosaurus skeleton after it was illegally smuggled to Britain by a 'one-man black market in prehistoric fossils'

One of the 46 fossils found at the site in southern Chile

Vast ‘fish lizard’ graveyard discovered under melting glacier in Chile could reveal how the ancient ichthyosaurs became extinct

Scientists say it is the greatest South American ichthyosaur find in history

Richard III ’s remains show his scoliosis

A bone to pick with the Bard: Richard III was NOT a hunchback

An adolescent growth spurt that went wrong caused King Richard III’s physical deformity but it did not give him a hunchback, a limp or a withered arm as commonly portrayed in Shakespearian renditions of the last Plantagenet king, a study has found.

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The Independent revealed that remains found off the north coast of Haiti are believed by archaeologists to belong to the famous vessel

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus: The life and legacy of the famous explorer

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The newly dated Mesolithic site, 1.5 miles east of Stonehenge,  was located around a spring
Man-made artefacts from Doggerland now lie submerged beneath the ocean
The removal of King Tutankhamun from his stone sarcophagus in his underground tomb in 2007
British scientists have discovered a new section of the boundary wall which they say proves that Ostia was much larger than previously estimated

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British researchers have discovered ruins that prove a city crucial to the Roman Empire, bringing food to the ancient capital itself, was “much bigger” than previously thought. The find has been hailed as “crucial” in understanding the area around the first century AD. 

A 3D model of Egyptian chantress Tamut's face

British Museum uses CT scans to show mummies' faces after thousands of years

The British Museum has turned to the latest technology to unlock the secrets of its mummies, one of the institution’s most popular visitor attractions, along visitors to explore cases that have remained closed for centuries.

Don Walker, a human osteologist, with one of the skeletons found by construction workers under central London's Charterhouse Square

Skeletons of Black Death victims discovered during excavations for London Crossrail

25 bodies uncovered in Farringdon could be from referenced but undiscovered second mass burial site outside old city walls

The remains of King Richard III were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, researchers have revealed

Richard III expert: The skeleton in the car park may not be missing monarch after all

Such was the certainty with which a twisted skeleton found in a Leicester car park was identified last year as the remains of Richard III that a High Court battle is being fought over the right to decide where to bury the fallen monarch.

Hadrian's Wall stretches 84 miles

Hadrian’s Wall Trust to close within six months as funding evaporates

The trust set up to manage Hadrian’s Wall is to close in six months after funding dried up, leaving support for the World Heritage Site “uncertain”.

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