Fossilized camel bones found in the Canadian Arctic
Scientists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant species of camel in Canada’s high Arctic. An analysis of protein found in the bones has revealed that this creature is an ancestor of today’s species, according to an article in “Nature Communications.”
Dr Mike Buckley, an author of the paper from the University of Manchester, said: “What’s interesting about this story is the location: this is the northernmost evidence of camels.”
The era in which scientists believe this giant camel roamed the Arctic was a warm period of the Earth’s history — but surviving in the Arctic could still have been tough. The ancient camels had to cope with long and harsh winters, with temperatures plunging below freezing. Scientists say there could have been snowstorms and months of perpetual darkness; however, at that time the polar region would have been covered in forest.
Remains of long-sought vessel most likely in Iran
bookcover shows anomaly on Mt. Suleiman
By Mark Ellis
Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin led multiple expeditions to Mt.Ararat in search of Noah’s ark. If found, it would likely be the greatest archaeological discovery in history. Tragically, Irwin died of a sudden heart attack in 1991, with his quest to find the ark unfulfilled.
Now his widow, Mary Irwin, is convinced she and her husband were searching on the wrong mountain. In her new book, “The Unsolved Mystery of Noah’s Ark” (West Bow Press), she reveals her findings after 20 years of painstaking research following her husband’s passing.
A knucklebone claimed to be of John the Baptist has been dated as first century AD by Oxford researchers. The new
(credit: Oxford University)
dating evidence supports claims that bones found under a church floor in Bulgaria may be of the leading prophet and relative of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible.
The research by the Oxford University team will be explored in a documentary ‘Head of John the Baptist’ to be aired in the UK on National Geographic Channel on Sunday 17 June.
Evidence of the book eluded scholars, until now
The celebrated Dead Sea Scrolls, first discovered in 1948 in the caves adjacent to the ancient site of Khirbet Qumran near the Dead Sea, are known to represent the earliest known texts of almost every book of the Hebrew Bible, except for two — the Book of Esther and the Book of Nehemiah. Now, a Norwegian Dead Sea Scroll scholar has announced his discovery of a fragment of Nehemiah.
Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europe near a village in southern Bulgaria,
Ancient shrine at St Athanasius Monastery
according to the Sofia News Agency.
They believe the St. Athanasius monastery was founded in 344 by St. Athanasius himself.
Until now, the Candida Casa monastery, founded in 371 AD in Galloway, Scotland, was believed to be the oldest Christian monastery in Europe, followed by the St. Martin monastery in the Pyrénées-Orientales, France (373 AD).
By Damien Gayle
Louise Schofield at mine entrance
British archaeologists have struck gold with a discovery that may solve the mystery of where the Queen of Sheba unearthed her fabled treasures.
According to the Bible, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopa and Yemen, travelled to King Solomon in Jerusalem, bringing 120 talents (four-and-half tons) of gold.
By Michael Foust
Bible fragment from minor prophets, Rockefeller Museum, Israel
Much of the biblical scholarly world has been buzzing since Feb. 1, when a New Testament professor made a claim during a debate that was news to most everyone who heard it — a first-century fragment of Mark’s Gospel may have been found.
It would be the earliest-known fragment of the New Testament, placing it in the very century of Christ and the apostles.
By Brian Nixon
There are few events in a person’s life where one can say that they have changed a society’s understanding of history. For Dr. Steven Collins of Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, this just may be the case.
Dr. Steven Collins monitoring the dig
Upon his recent return from the Tall el-Hammam dig in Jordan, Dr. Collins was full of fascinating facts and possible historic findings.
But before I get into his recent finds, allow me to review what occurred during last year’s dig.
Nearly a dozen ancient holy books have finally made their way to Israel from Syria, following a multi-continent, James
An Israeli librarian inspects a rare holy book before it goes on exhibit at the National Library in Jerusalem (photo: AP)
Bond-style operation. They traveled from Damascus to New York and finally to Jerusalem, where they are being kept at the National Library, according to www.standforisrael.org.
The 11 holy books, some dating back 1,000 years, were written by copyist of the Scriptures around the world and arrived in the Syrian capital in different periods. The Jewish community took pride in them and guarded them meticulously, helping them survive the political upheavals that took place in the city over the years.
The Damascus books are considered the world’s most ancient Bibles after the Aleppo Codex, which compared to them is torn and shabby.