The night sky was in focus the week of April 7–14, with meteor sightings, a near-Earth asteroid, and a remarkable telescope image of a distant galaxy. Back on Earth, new findings illuminated ancient history.
Here are the biggest science stories of the week, told in 9 striking images.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology uncovered the oldest Homo sapiens remains ever found in Europe, from about 45,000 years ago. DNA within the remains suggests humans and Neanderthals mated much more frequently than was previously thought.
Researchers from the Canadian Museum of Nature revealed how gray wolves survived the last ice age by adapting their diet from horses to caribou and moose. The finding came from comparing the teeth and bones of ancient and modern wolves.
An asteroid measuring 12 to 24 feet wide came within 13,000 miles of Earth, according to astronomer Jonathan McDowell, significantly closer than many satellites. The Virtual Telescope Project captured an image of the asteroid at around 185,000 miles from Earth, closer than the Moon.
Researchers from the University of Bristol found evidence that the Nok people of West Africa were processing beeswax in pottery 3,500 years ago. It’s the earliest evidence of people using bee products in the region