Posts by Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.

June 18, 2024

3.6-Million-Year-Old Preserved Hominid Footprints at Risk of Obliteration by Climate Change

Human history stretches back millions of years to Africa, where early species of hominids roamed and eventually evolved into modern-day Homo sapiens. Our family tree includes many species now long extinct which formed steps or branches of the evolutionary tree descending into modernity. One very early ancestor of mankind was Australopithecus afarensis, who roamed eastern Africa about 2.95 to 3.85 million years ago.

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June 14, 2024

Researchers Discover 7,000-Year-Old Underwater Road

Long lost treasures lurk beneath the seas and other waters. Ancient canoes have been discovered, as have historic crusader swords. Recently, archeologists have been exploring the beautiful waters of the Adriatic Sea. Sandwhiched between Italy and the Balkans, this sea was a hub of ancient seafaring activity. In an exciting development, as announced by the University of Zadar on Facebook, archeologists uncovered an ancient road built about 7,000 years ago.

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June 3, 2024

Alaska’s Rivers Are Turning Orange and Can Be Seen From Space

Alaska is famous for its extensive, beautiful, and foreboding wilderness. Mountains, dense forests, and many miles of roaring rivers cover the state. Many areas are accessible only by helicopter or bush plane, particularly the more remote Arctic regions. While visiting one of the state's many remote rivers in 2018, scientist Jon O’Donnell was surprised to see the waters turned a murky, rusty orange.

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