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JINAN, April 24 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese archaeologists have discovered a tomb where an ancient warlord may have once rested, as well as a collection of artifacts dating back more than 2,500 years.
The tomb was found near a tourist resort in Yishui county in east China’s Shandong province in January. Several bronze weapons, musical utensils, pieces of jade jewelry and ritual utensils have been unearthed from the site since then.
Judging from the size of the tomb and the scale and type of artifacts it contained, it may have contained the body of a dignitary who lived about 2,600 years ago during the Eastern Zhou Period (770 - 256 BC), said Hao Daohua, a researcher from the Shandong Archaeology Research Institute and leader of the excavation project.
The Eastern Zhou Period was a chaotic time in Chinese history, marked by wars between the small kingdoms that occupied several areas in east and central China. Read more.
No, this isn’t a lost in translation moment. The man who started a line of sunglasses named after Helen Keller said he did so because of her bravery, not her blindness. Also, the company’s motto is “You see the world, the world sees you.” Just like Helen Keller.
you want to be hated by the rest of the world just like the US don’t you
if you keep it up i believe you can do it
Peter Goodspeed: Dying as a political act: Centuries-old Buddhist tradition of self-immolation continues in China
“This was not the random act of a disturbed individual, but rather a single manifestation of a deeply rooted set of ideas and ideals in Chinese Buddhism that blossomed again and again in the history of pre-modern China.”
Photo: Tibetan exile Janphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, March 26, 2012, in New Delhi. Yeshi suffered life-threatening burns. (AFP/Getty Images)
Euhelopus is a genus of sauropod dinosaur that lived during the Early Cretaceous period, between 130 - 112 million years ago. It lived in what is now Shandong Province in China. A large herbivore, it weighed approximately 15 - 20 tons and attained an adult length of 15m (50 ft). Unlike most other sauropods, Euhelopus had longer fore legs than hind legs…
Beijing: More than 2,000 ancient Buddha statues have been unearthed by archaeologists in China’s Hebei province, highlighting the popularity of Buddhism in the country ever since it spread from India.
The 2,895 Buddha statues and fragments dating back to the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi…
Russia and China vetoed on Saturday an Arab- and Western-backed resolution at the U.N. Security Council calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over his bloody crackdown on a popular uprising.
The setback in diplomatic efforts to defuse the revolt peacefully came after world leaders and Syrian opposition activists accused Assad’s forces of killing hundreds of people in a bombardment of the city of Homs, the bloodiest night in 11 months of upheaval in the pivotal Arab country.
New Data Fuels Dogfight Over the Origins of Domestic Dogs
by Elizabeth Pennisi
Most researchers agree that dogs descend from wolves, but they fiercely debate when and where humans and canines first became best friends. In the latest volley, two new studies place dog domestication in southern China, south of the Yangtze River, some 16,000 years ago. That location contradicts results published last year suggesting that dogs come from the Middle East, but the new work is far from the final word, according to many dog-origins experts.
“I’m not convinced,” says Greger Larson, an evolutionary biologist at Durham University in the United Kingdom.
Because archaeologists have trouble telling wolf remains from dog remains, the fossil record has not been very useful for reconstructing canine history. So in the past decade, geneticists have turned to DNA for clues. In 2002, geneticist Peter Savolainen of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Ya-ping Zhang of the Kunming Institute of Zoology in China, and colleagues analyzed mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down through females, from 38 wolves and more than 500 dogs around the world. They found the full range of genetic diversity—a marker of a species’ origin—in southern East Asia and only subsets of that diversity elsewhere. They conclude that dogs were domesticated in East Asia, and just once.
But a 2010 study looking at single base differences throughout dogs’ nuclear DNA called the East Asian origin into question, pointing instead to the Middle East as the home of the first Fidos. Savolainen faulted that analysis, however, because it didn’t include data from southern East Asia…
(read more: Science NOW)
(photo: Farm puppies from SW China, by Ya-ping Zhang)
Reed Flute Cave
The famous Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. The cave itself is over 180 million years old. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty.