Scientists Claim Europe Was the Birthplace of Mankind, Not Africa

Scientists claim Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. Scientists now have new claims about the true origin of our species and evolutionary history. Most experts have believed for quite some time that our human lineage deviated from apes around seven million years ago in Africa. Two fossils of an “ape-like creature which had human-like teeth” were found in Bulgaria and Greece. They are dated at being 7.2 million…

Mystery of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mother Has Been Solved

(She) was a peasant fallen on bad times, and you cannot be much lower in the social pile than that. To be a 16-year-old with an illegitimate son and no house was about as bad as it gets. “She” did at least one thing to be proud of … that illegitimate son grew up to be one of the greatest geniuses in history – Leonardo da Vinci. According to a…

Did This Ancient Explorer Make It to The Arctic In 325 BC?

An explorer in the Arctic by Andreas Kornerup ( CC by SA 2.0 ) The first arctic explorer isn’t who you think. More than 2,300 years ago, Pytheas of Massalia traveled to the Arctic Circle and back – and, when he came home, nobody believed him. In a time when most people believed that the sun was dragged across the sky by a god, Pytheas made it to a place…

Celestial Maps of Gegham Mountain: The Unique Rock Art of Armenia

In the volcanic Gegham and Vardenis Mountains of Armenia, architect Suren Petrosyan discovered unique and mysterious astrological rock art paintings. Experts have different opinions on the creation chronology of the rock art paintings found in the basin of Lake Sevan and along the slopes of Mount Aragats. Some think these rock art paintings were created in the third to second millennium BC, others claim about the fifth to fourth millennium…

Man Claims Bosnian Boulder is World’s Oldest Man-Made Sphere

A man who some people call the ‘Bosnian Indiana Jones’ claims he found the world’s oldest man-made sphere, which looks suspiciously like the boulder that rolled behind Doctor Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is the same ‘Bosnian Indiana Jones’ who claims to have discovered the world’s largest pyramids, also in Bosnia. Is he for real or a member of the Bosnian Tourism Bureau? Archaeologist Semir Osmanagić (also…

Scientists resolve myth about the identity of the Dark Countess

Marie-Thérèse in Vienna in 1796 soon after her exile from France. Image from Wikipedia. The Countess and the Princess In 1807 an enigmatic couple arrived in the village of Hildburghausen in Central Germany and lived in the castle of Eishausen for the next 30 years. The villagers referred to the solitary duo as the Dunkelgrafen or the “Dark Counts” because when the couple was seen outside of the castle they…

The Fantastic Adventures of Vainamoinen: Finnish Hero, Wizard, Shaman, and God

Väinämöinen is an important figure in Finnish folklore, and has been variously referred to as a hero, a wizard, a shaman, and a god. More importantly, this benevolent character is the primary protagonist in the Kalevala. This is a 19th century work of epic poetry that has since been regarded as the national epic of Finland. The Kalevala is made up of oral folk poetry and mythology collected and compiled…

Years Before Columbus: Leif Erikson, His Life and His Voyage of Adventure to the New World

Many people still believe that the person who “discovered” America was Christopher Columbus, forgetting the fact that there were already indigenous people living there. An additional fact that is often overlooked is that the new world was visited, and temporarily colonized, about 492 years before Columbus by another European – a man known as Leif Erikson. A Family History of Banishment and Adventure-Seeking Leif Erikson was born circa 970 AD…

The human bone chandelier and other creepy decorations of the Cabaret of Death

The human bone chandelier at the Cabaret du Néant. Image credit: billyjane via Flickr. Patrons from far and wide came to sip drinks with names like Cholera and Arsenic while sitting at a coffin under a real human bone chandelier in the Cabaret of Death, a peculiar Parisian watering hole that opened in the early 1890’s. The Cabaret of Death was in the eccentric Montmartre neighborhood near the divine Cabaret…

The Black Death: the Plague that Sowed Terror and Death in Medieval Europe – Part 1

In recent months, health authorities in California, USA, have been obliged to report two cases of the plague that appeared in West Coast state. In the state of Colorado two other people also contracted and died of the disease. As if that were not enough, in recent weeks the Yosemite National Park located in California, has had to close their camp Tuolumne Meadows after the authorities determined that two squirrels apparently also died from the plague. The plague is…

Hy-Brasil: The Legendary Phantom Island of Ireland

Hy-Brasil was an island which appeared on ancient maps as early as 1325 and into the 1800s.  On most maps, it was located roughly 321km (200 miles) off the west coast of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean. One of the most distinctive geographical features of Hy-Brasil on those maps is that it often appears as a circle with a channel (or river) running east to west across the diameter….

Ancient Irish Were the First Known to Mark an Eclipse in Stone

More than 5,000 years ago people in Ireland carved a representation of an eclipse into three stones at a megalithic monument—the first known recording of a solar eclipse, scholars say. Researchers have further noted that the sun shines into a chamber of this monument in County Meath on the later ancient Celtic festivals of Samhain and Imbolc. IrishCentral reports: Our ancient Irish ancestors carved images of an ancient eclipse into giant stones over 5,000…

Holy Crap, This Odd Viking “Treasure” May Rival the Crown Jewels

Paleoscatology, a branch of research that involves precisely what you think it does — ancient excrement — would rank high among areas one would least hope to find revelations about humanity and its prehistoric activities. However, before you accuse us of being “full of crap” (placing all puns aside), among the most treasured, and perhaps stomach-turning items ever recovered from the ancient living spaces of Viking settlements involves this odd area of interest….