In the News 2020

Despite the worldwide challenges of covid-19, 2020 was a busy year for caving news. We published four news round ups throughout the year, linked below, and here’s the last one for 2020. If you see anything you think we might have missed, do drop us a line. Many thanks to Herman de Swart for his continued support sending us links!

Cave Art

BBC News: Earliest art in the British Isles discovered on Jersey

Art News: Study of Neolithic Paintings in Spain Suggest Men and Women Made Art

Musée de Préhistoire Île-de-France: Les abris ornés du Mésolithique

Eurek!Alert!: Arnhem Land Maliwawa rock art opens window to past

Republic World: Newfound Australian cave art depicts man’s harmonious relationship with nature

EurekAlert!: Bison engravings in Spanish caves reveal a common art culture across ancient Europe

Earthlogs: Earliest sign of a sense of aesthetics

National Geographic: 400 years ago, visitors to this painted cave took hallucinogens

The Guardian: ‘Sistine Chapel of the ancients’ rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest

The Hill: Archeologists discover thousands of ancient rock wall paintings in Amazon forest

Live Science: Sprawling 8-mile-long ‘canvas’ of ice age beasts discovered hidden in Amazon rainforest

BBC News: Amazon rainforest rock art depicts giant Ice Age creatures

The Olive Press: Historic moment in Spain as first ever cave paintings found on La Palma island

Cave Archaeology

YouTube: William Buckland and the British Bone Caves

PlosOne: Fox dietary ecology as a tracer of human impact on Pleistocene ecosystems

Gismodo: Ancient DNA From Preserved Cave Lions Reveals They Were a Unique Species

Nature: Sifting through half a million years of human history

Cambridge Independent: How dangerous mission to Mexican cave uncovered evidence of people in Americas 15,000 years earlier than thought

New Scientist: Earliest known beds are 227,000-year-old piles of grass and ash

Gismodo: Scientists Found a 200,000-Year-Old Human Bed Made From Grass and Ash

EurekAlert! Science News: 200 000 years ago, humans preferred to kip cozy

The Conversation: Stone tools from a remote cave reveal how island-hopping humans made a living in the jungle millennia ago

EurekAlert!: How Neanderthals adjusted to climate change

American Scientist: In Bulgaria, a Cave of Many Questions

EurekAlert!: The oldest Neanderthal DNA of Central-Eastern Europe

Science Alert: Archaeologists Just Sequenced Some of The Oldest Neanderthal DNA Found in Europe

EurekAlert!: A 48,000 years old tooth that belonged to one of the last Neanderthals in Northern Italy

Discover Magazine: Did Neanderthals Really Live in Caves?

EurekAlert!: Modern humans reached westernmost Europe 5,000 years earlier than previously known

Yorkshire Live: The once hidden skeletons of lethal beasts unearthed in Yorkshire

The Times of Israel: Cave dwellers forged their tools in fire 300,000 years ago, Israeli study shows

Hominides: Salle des trésors – Musée de l’abbaye d’Arthous

Press and Journal: New book reveals ancient burial practices in Moray spanning more than 3,000 years

Greek Reporter: New Findings in Theopetra Cave Shed Light on Greece in Neolithic Era

EurekAlert!: New Denisovan DNA expands diversity, history of species

EurekAlert!: Denisovan DNA in the genome of early East Asians

EurekAlert!: Denisovan DNA found in sediments of Baishiya Karst Cave on Tibetan Plateau

Sunday Observer: A glimpse of the prehistoric rock cave

BBC News: Two-million-year-old skull of human ‘cousin’ unearthed

EurekAlert!: Newly discovered fossil shows small-scale evolutionary changes in an extinct human species

The Conversation: How midnight digs at a holy Tibetan cave opened a window to prehistoric humans living on the roof of the world

Science Alert: This Extinct Human Ancestor Evolved to Cope With Climate Change, But Didn’t Survive

EurekAlert!: Geoscientists discover Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes

The Vintage News: Neanderthal Woman’s Walk of Love 90,000 Years Ago Between two Caves 65 Miles Apart

The Northern Echo: Whitby Museum: Hippo, rhino, elephant and hyena among cave bones

Plos One: In situ observations on the dentition and oral cavity of the Neanderthal skeleton from Altamura (Italy)

Inverse: Italy cave discovery shows Neanderthals had a surprisingly human feature

EurekAlert!: New evidence: Neandertals buried their dead

Science Direct: Hibernation in hominins from Atapuerca, Spain half a million years ago

Tehran Times: The seeds of civilization

Cornwall Live: Inside mysterious woodland cave where Neolithic axe was found

Earthlogs: How like the Neanderthals are we?

The Age: From the Archives, 1982: Back in Fraser Cave, after 14,500 years

Daily Mail Online: Oldest ever tool used by early humans dating back 350,000 years is found in an Israeli cave

Smithsonian Magazine: Ten New Things We Learned About Human Origins in 2020

Cave Exploration

ABC News: Richard Harris dives into the mind of risk-takers in a new podcast series Real Risk

Atlas Obscura: Veryovkina Cave – Gagra, Georgia

Red Bull: Cave diver legend Jill Heinerth’s best dives – photos

ANC News: Cave diving emerged into the spotlight during the incredible Thai cave rescue. Is it the sport for you?

VNExpress International: Four days in the world’s largest cave

Forbes: Yes, The First Humans On Mars Should Consider Becoming Cave-Dwellers

Northwest Arkansaw Democrat Gazette: Henderson State professor writes guide to caving in the South

Spectator: Speleologists discovered kilometres of new corridors in Domica Cave

Red Bull: Diving into the underworld with the world’s leading underground astronauts

Le Dauphine: Au fil de l’eau. Le gouffre des mystères à Fontaine de Vaucluse

Wales Online: The hidden Gower caves that you probably never knew existed

European Space Agency: ESA – En route to exploring lunar caves

EOS: Planetary Cave Exploration Progresses

Total Croatia News: Croatian Speleologists Discover a Cave System Longer Than 52km Below Velebit

BBC News: Ridley Scott inspires Network Rail’s cave-exploring drone

About Her: Saudi Arabia’s Umm Jarasan Cave, The Longest In The Arab World

Spectator: Demänovský cave system became the longest cave of the Carpathians

Cave Science

EurekAlert!: Texas cave sediment upends meteorite explanation for global cooling

EurekAlert!: A new chemical analysis upends conventional explanation for global cooling

EurekAlert!: Cooling of Earth caused by eruptions, not meteors

The Conversation: From cave art to climate chaos: how a new carbon dating timeline is changing our view of history

EurekAlert!: Mother bats use baby talk to communicate with their pups

Wyoming Public Media: Nevada Caves Tell History Of Western Climate

Live Science: Entire cities could fit inside the moon’s monstrous lava tubes

EurekAlert!: Research links Southeast Asia megadrought to drying in Africa 

Craven Herald: Millions of years of geology – a fascinating exploration of Ingleborough Cave

Science Alert: Earth’s Deepest Known Freshwater Cave Goes a Lot Deeper Than Anyone Ever Realised

Journal of Geophysical Research: Hypogenic Versus Epigenic Origin of Deep Underwater Caves Illustrated by the Hranice Abyss (Czech Republic)-The World’s Deepest Freshwater Cave – Klanica

The Globe and Mail: A tiny creature secures a big victory for conservation

EurekAlert!: How do stone forests get their spikes? New research offers pointed answer

Wiley Online Library: Palaeoenvironmental conditions during MIS 6/MIS 5 transition recorded in speleothems from the Tatra Mountains

BBC News: Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists

Science Magazine: Double whammy doomed Madagascar’s giant birds and mammals

EurekAlert!: Humans and climate drove giants of Madagascar to extinction

EurekAlert!: DNA in fringe-lipped bat poop reveals unexpected eating habits

CBC News: Inside Alberta’s biggest bat cave

EurekAlert!: Vampire bats social distance when they get sick

EurekAlert!: Why do bats fly into walls?

EurekAlert!: Tiny cave snail with muffin-top waistline rolls out of the dark in Laos

Geographical Magazine: Hazel Barton: Combating antibiotic resistance through cave exploration

Carlsbad Current Argus: National Cave and Karst Institute to unveil Cave Exploratorium Exhibit

Mexico News Daily: Some of Mexico’s caves harbor an invisible enemy: histoplasmosis

PNAS: Ultra-sharp pinnacles sculpted by natural convective dissolution

Mirage News: Researchers join cavers to study elusive species on Christmas Island

EurekAlert: King of the Cave: New centipede on top of the food chain in the sulphurous-soaked Movile

Science Direct: Lava tubes on Earth, Moon and Mars: A review on their size and morphology revealed by comparative planetology

Exit: Hiking Adventure to Kabash Cave, a Hidden Mountain Gem

Cave Rescue

Belfast Telegraph: Elderly man rescued by coastguard after falling into cave close to Giant’s Causeway

The Guardian: Injured man in hospital after eight-hour rescue from remote cave in Tasmania

Vice: Thailand Opens Cave Replica to Recreate ‘Mission Impossible’

Daily Star: ‘The worst death imaginable’: The spelunker who got trapped upside down in a cave

Daily Star: Tourists gathered outside cave after spelunker Floyd Collins pinned by rocks just 50m from entrance

Daily Star: Spelunker who suffocated in nightmarishly narrow cave shaft as rescue rope failed

RTD: A dead caver became an attraction during the Kentucky Cave War

Euro Weekly News: Making it easier to rescue those lost in caves in the balearics

Keighley News: Royal Marines join forces with cave rescue after teenage girl falls on way down Whernside


Cumbria Crack: Unusual caving book scoops commendation

BBC News: Rio Tinto bosses lose bonuses over Aboriginal cave destruction

Derbyshire Live: Explorer’s shock as he finds 10ft snake skin in Derbyshire cave

Wittenburg University: Gone Caving!

Endless Thread: Tight Squeeze: The Claustrophobia-Inducing World Of Caving Yields Epic Rewards

The Herald: Five Scottish caves with eerie tales of mystery and adventure

The Mail: Woman with polio and claustrophobia faces fears in cave expedition

Somerset County Gazette: Somerset tourist attraction Cheddar Gorge and Caves will be closed ‘for forseeable future’

RTE: How Ireland’s revolutionaries used caves to hide people and arms

Wales Online: The secret caves of Dan yr Ogof that no one ever sees

Country Life: Cheddar Gorge and The Mendips AONB: The landscape that inspired ancient cave painters, William Blake and a thousand magnificent photographs

E-flux: Reflections from the Cave

RTE: ‘Ireland’s gate to hell’: a Co Roscommon cave and the Otherworld

Popular Science: Look inside the hidden world of Earth’s most beautiful caves

The Guardian: I followed the magic of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture into Fingal’s Cave

DARPA: DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Tehran Times: Lighting, infrastructure improved at Jurassic-era cave

Guardian Life: Caving Nigeria: 10 Caves You Should Know

Texas A&M Today: Texas A&M Cave Diver Featured In New Netflix Series

My London: The stunning cave full of crystals you can visit just 45 minutes from London

Ksat: Can show caves in Texas and around the world survive after COVID-19?

Euro News: Mythical grottos: The most famous caves in Greece

Classic FM: Andrea Bocelli sings ‘Silent Night’ in an empty cave, in haunting duet with echo

Sarajevo Times: Electrification of Tito’s Cave completed in Drva

Greek City Times: Kapsia Cave: A Mysterious Spectacle Full Of Stalactites And Stalagmites

Previous Issues

In the News February 2020 

In the News April 2020

In the News July 2020