Researchers have discovered unique inscriptions on the wall of a cave in China recording the effects of droughts on the local population over the course of 500 years.

The discovery is an important reminder that sudden changes in rainfall patterns can very quickly affect large populations, particularly appropriate at a time of severe drought in California.

This has happened at numerous times in history, as shown in 2013 when new research suggested a severe drought may have led to the downfall of Ancient Greece.

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Nothing sends a clearer message than an angry punishment handed down from the gods.

In belief systems of cultures around the world deities have been disciplining their flocks since time immemorial, perhaps none more innovatively and famously than the gods of Greek mythology.

The ultimate form of pain and misery was eternal punishment.

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The notion of shapeshifting has been around for nearly as long as human beings.

The possibility that a person can take the shape of another being—most often an animal—can be traced back thousands of years, permeating various cultures and religions.

While transmogrification has been widely valued in various religious mythologies, there is also evidence of its influence in pseudo-historical (possibly historical) records. 

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“The new discovery indicates that the female depictions are not as rare in the Aurignacian as previously thought, and that concerns about human sexuality, reproduction and fertility in general have a very long and rich history dating to the Ice Age” Professor Conard told Past Horizons. Conard’s team of archaeologists have been involved with excavations at the Hohle Fels site for the past 19 years, thereby making this location one of the best known Palaeolithic sites in the world.

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