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In an excavation in Portugal, scientists have found fossil bones of salamanders from 220 million years ago that would have been around two metres long, and about the size of a car – BBC News

Old Sarum archaeologists reveal plan of medieval city

Human footprints found in the UK, just outside Norfolk, are the oldest found so far outside Africa. These are between 780,000 and one million years, and were made in estuary mud by a group of five adults and young people.

Archaeologists have found 7000-year old cheese in Neolithic pottery, and believe this represents the birth of the dairy industry.

Archaeologists have found traces of nicotine in flasks from the Late Classic Maya period (600 to 900 AD), which is the first evidence that they used tobacco. The flask is marked with Mayan hieroglyphics reading, “y-otoot ’u-may” (the home of its/his/her tobacco). The researchers used gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LCMS) to find the traces.

Read the abstract in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

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