This Week In History News, Apr. 12- 18

Published April 17, 2020

Stonehenge's LEGO-like construction secrets revealed, 200-million-year-old dinosaur eggs unlocked, ancient primate raft journey from Africa to South America uncovered.

Rare Photo Reveals How Stonehenge Was Constructed Like Ancient LEGOs

Grooves In Stonehenge

Stonehenge/TwitterA view of the top of a Stonehenge slab revealing its knobs-and-grooves system.

A rare photo has revealed how Stonehenge was constructed like ancient LEGOs. “It’s exactly like Lego. We sometimes say to our schoolchildren who visit that Stonehenge is just like Lego.”

Without even metal tools to work with, the ancient builders of Stonehenge fashioned an astounding joint system by tirelessly hammering grooves into its large stone slabs using only other stones. The knobs-and-grooves system they created has kept Stonehenge together for some 5,000 years.

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Scientists Able To See Preserved Dinosaur Embryos Inside 200-Million-Year-Old Eggs

Massospondylus Carinatus Synchrotron Scan

Kimberley ChapelleThis unprecedented image has allowed researchers to see inside dinosaur eggs like never before.

Scientists used a stadium-sized particle accelerator to scan 200-million-year-old dinosaur fossils — and then created 3D reconstructions of the skulls of baby dinosaur embryos.

The results of the remarkably detailed scans and 3D reproduction have offered unprecedented insight into how young dinosaurs developed.

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Monkeys Sailed From Africa To South America On Rafts 30 Million Years Ago

Researchers Rafting On The Rio Yurua

Dorien de VriesResearchers float by the 32-million-year-old fossil site behind them, on the Río Yurúa in Peru.

While modern-day monkeys are quite clever, fossils found near the border of Peru and Brazil have revealed just how smart their ancestral species really were.

A new study found a crew of now-extinct monkeys crossed the Atlantic on a natural raft, from Africa to South America — 35 million years ago.

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