Fifth-century child’s skeleton shows evidence of “vampire burial”

Enlarge / Archaeologists excavated the skeleton from a fifth-century cemetery in the Umbria region of Italy. (credit: David Picked/Stanford University) Archaeologists have discovered the skeleton of a 10-year-old child at an ancient Roman site in Italy with a rock carefully placed in its mouth. This suggests those who buried the child—who probably died of malaria […]

Running rivers in Namibia, far from the sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast

Tim Johnson July 20, 2018 Share this article While most travelers to Namibia head for the Skeleton Coast and world-highest sand dunes, Tim Johnson takes his chances on a trip along the Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando and Chobe rivers. All was calm and peaceful—eerily quiet, you could say—before the hippos came for us. Sliding into the […]

Everything you need to know about skeleton, the Olympic sport that sends athletes hurtling head first down icy tracks at 90 miles an hour

Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Skeleton is a Winter Olympics sport that dates back to the 1880s. Events take place on a track made of ice. In Pyeongchang, the skeleton track is 1,376 meters long.  Skeleton athletes push sleds as fast as they can, then jump on and speed head first down the track, using minor shifts […]

Skeleton riders have a habit of sporting some intense helmets — here are the best ones from Pyeongchang 2018

Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Skeleton is one of the most high-octane events at the Winter Olympics. Starting with a dead sprint and a dive, athletes rocket down the mountain at speeds up to 90 miles per hour just inches from the ice as they chase Olympic glory. But in addition to being some of the most […]

‘Ritualistic’ ancient skeleton spiral unearthed in Mexico (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Ten skeletons precisely arranged in a bizarre spiral formation have been discovered by archaeologists investigating a 2,400 year old burial site in Mexico. The skeletons include adults, children and even an infant. They were buried with interlinking arms in a large ring. Two have been identified as female and one as male. The ancient bones […]

Canada announces Olympic bobsleigh, skeleton teams

Watch live now as Team Canada reveals its Olympic bobsleigh and skeleton teams for the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada is sending its largest-ever contingent of sliders to the Olympics, having secured three sleds each in the men’s two and four-man events and the women’s two-man event, plus six skeleton berths (three […]

Road to the Olympic Games: World Cup bobsleigh & skeleton

Click on the video player above on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET to watch Road to the Olympic Games, our weekly program spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world. On this week’s edition of the program, we feature action from the bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup stop in Konigssee, Germany. Let’s block […]

Watch World Cup bobsleigh & skeleton from Germany

Click on the video player above to watch action from the bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup stop in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Coverage begins on Friday at 3 a.m. ET with women’s skeleton, followed by the men’s race at 6 a.m. ET. Two-man bobsleigh begins action on Saturday at 6:19 a.m. ET, with the women’s event beginning at 9:19 a.m. ET. […]

The 11,500-year-old skeleton of a baby girl offers clues on how the Americas first came to be populated

Illustration by Eric S. Carlson in collaboration with Ben A. Potter. The remains of a baby girl buried roughly 11,500 years ago is providing genomic evidence of an ancient population previously unknown to science. She was part of a population researchers have named “Ancient Beringians.” The findings give some insight into how the Americas first […]

Watch World Cup bobsleigh & skeleton from Switzerland

Click on the video player above to watch live action from the bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup stop in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Action begins on Friday with the women’s skeleton event at 3:30 a.m. ET, followed by the men’s at 7 a.m. ET. Return on Saturday at 3:30 a.m. ET for the women’s bobsleigh competition, followed by the two-man event at 7 a.m. ET. The […]