5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Including an archaeological milestone in Miami

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 8, 2014 5:56 AM CST | Updated Feb 8, 2014 6:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Evidence of our forebears found in modern-day Miami and Britain highlight the list:

  • Ancient Village Found ... in Downtown Miami: Archeologists say they have unearthed what is probably one of the most important prehistoric sites in America—on land in downtown Miami earmarked for a huge entertainment complex.
  • Historic Find in Europe: Human Footprints 800K Years Old: Walking along a beach in Norfolk, England, last May, scientists spotted indents at low tide that had been washed clear of sand by a recent storm. They thought the marks might be animal prints, but on closer inspection discovered something much cooler: nearly million-year-old human footprints—the oldest ones ever found outside of Africa.
  • Camel Bones Challenge Bible's Timeline: A set of bones—and not human ones, at that—is "challenging the Bible's historicity," say two Tel-Aviv University researchers. They carbon-dated the oldest known domesticated camel bones found in the southern Levant, where Israel sits, and discovered that the creatures were likely introduced to the region around the 9th century BC. That doesn't sync with the Bible.
  • 4,600-Year-Old 'Mystery' Pyramid Excavated: Archaeologists have excavated a 4,600-year-old pyramid in southern Egypt that was hidden under a pile of sand, waste, and its own remains, and come to a simple conclusion: They don't know what it's for.
  • Eyes of the Dead Could Help Living See: A new technique could dramatically improve the ways in which the eyes of the dead can help restore sight to the blind. Researchers extracted a type of adult stem cell from the back of donated eyes and found that they could restore up to 50% of vision in blind rats.
Click for more incredible discoveries, including a look at a waterfall that runs red.

People work at a site in downtown Miami inhabited long ago by the Tequesta Indians.
People work at a site in downtown Miami inhabited long ago by the Tequesta Indians.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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