Modern humans early in central Germany; footprints on Moroccan beach; jade mosaic mask in royal Maya tomb; cold periods and plagues in Roman Empire;

German cave shows modern humans replaced Neanderthals locally by 45,000 years ago [Alternative Link]

Footprints on a Moroccan beach are oldest human trackway from the region

Salvage dig in looted Maya tomb uncovers jade mosaic mask

Cold, dry years may have made plagues worse during the Roman Empire