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Regenerative agriculture dates back at least to biblical times, when the ancients practiced rudimentary crop rotation by letting their fields lie fallow in order to keep the soil rich with nutrients.

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The evidence of ancient cricket sperm is less clear, he says.

George Poinar, an entomologist and paleontologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis who described the ancient cricket, stands by his conclusions.

Microraptor, which lived some 120 m­illion years ago alongside ancient birds, is distantly related to Aves.

Those developing embryos were reverting into ants that looked more like their ancient endosymbiont-free ancestors.

But the last national figure to wield ancient personal authority in an explicitly religious way was Robert F. Kennedy.

Historical justifications for most modern celebrations can be found in the ancient world.

Ancient Romans exchanged gifts of figs and honey and would make sure to work part of the day as a good omen for the coming year.

The ancient Egyptian festival of Wepet Renpet (“opening of the year”) was not just a time of rebirth—it was dedicated to drinking.

It can be hard to wrap your head around the problems facing the continent because they might seem ancient to us.

I believe that these are ideal characters constructed from still more ancient legends and traditions.

Elyon is the name of an ancient Phœnician god, slain by his son El, no doubt the “first-born of death” in Job xviii.

Something remote and ancient stirred in her, something that was not of herself To-day, something half primitive, half barbaric.

When Cortez made conquest of Mexico in 1519 smoking seemed to be a common as well as an ancient custom among the natives.

Long before that, however, the sun had come back to gladden the Polar regions, and break up the reign of ancient night.


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On this page you'll find 75 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ancient, such as: age-old, antique, archaic, hoary, old-fashioned, and timeworn.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.