Humans and Neanderthals diverged at least 800,000 years ago, new teeth study shows

This just goes to show how complex our evolutionary history really is.

First Denisovan fossil found outside of Siberia — our ancient “cousins” spread far and wide

Talk about a stunning find!

Archaeologists uncover timeline of Denisova Cave occupation

The Denisovans were our cousins. We’re only now starting to understand them.

Archaeologists find 50,000 year-old tiara, made from wooly mammoth ivory

It’s still beautiful to this day.

Human hybrid — Ancient human relatives interbred with each other

How I met your Neanderthal mother.

No bones needed — researchers use DNA in soil to tell if humans were around

This can be a game changer.

Peculiar ancient skulls have both human and Neanderthal features. Could belong to a new hominid species

Cranial fragments discovered in China can’t be pinned down to any known human species. Some speculate it might be Denisovan.

400,000-year-old fossils from Spain provide earliest genetic evidence of Neandertals

Researchers working in Spain have made a surprising finding: Neanderthals emerged much earlier than previously believed, perhaps as far as half a million years ago.

Interbreeding with Neanderthals gave humans an immunity boost, but also allergies

Some 50,000 years ago Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and Denisovans co-existed, mingled and interbred. While only the human lineage exists today, these inter-species third degree meetings left a permanent mark on our genome. For instance, an ancient human who lived in what is today Romania had 9% Neanderthal DNA. Today, most Europeans and Asians have between 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA.

Human face diversity may have evolved to make us look unique

While you might find people sometimes resemble each other, if you look close enough you’ll soon find unique features and facial characteristics that sets them apart. It’s remarkable how diverse human faces are across the billions alive today and the countless billions that used to live in this world. Scientists at University of Berkeley now believe they understand why this

Unique gene passed by extinct human species makes Tibetans superhuman

Advancements in genetic sequencing has allowed genomic research to flourish. DNA sequencing is now much faster, cheaper and accurate than ever before, and we’re only now beginning to reap the rewards. It’s the first step to a complete understanding of our bodies. The Human Genome Project, once finally completed, mapped and identified all the genes of the human genome. This helps

Oldest human DNA ever found – 400.000 years old

The recent discovery of DNA of a 400,000-year-old human thigh bone could provide valuable insight into the evolution of humans; researchers explain this is easily the oldest human genetic material ever found. When it comes to being a mountain, the Atapuerca Mountains in Spain don’t really have much going for them. It’s an ancient karstic region of Spain comprising mostly of

Earliest modern human genome partially sequenced

Researchers have analyzed the DNA from  7,000-year-old bones of two cavemen unearthed in Spain, and have managed to sequence fragments of their genomes, making them the oldest modern human specimens ever found thus far. Ironically, the researchers found that the cavemen bear little genetic resemblance to people living in the region today, instead sharing ancestry with current populations of northern Europe. The skeletons

Mysterious hominid fossils found in China hint towards a new human species

An incredible find was publicized just earlier  – fossils remains from stone age people were unearthed from two caves in China. Upon further inspection it was found that the bone features, particularly skulls, were unlike any other human or early ancestor remains ever found, suggesting that the researchers may have actually found a new species of human. Bones, including partial

High-resolution genome sequence of ancient human ancestor released online

Last year, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, produced a draft of the Denisova genome, in order study in what proportion they relate to homo sapiens sapiens. The  Denisovans, are a new group of hominids, discovered just two years ago, which is believed to have lived around 30,000 years ago, alongside Neanderthals and early homo sapiens ancestors. Since

Human mating with Neanderthals made our immune system stronger

The mating between Neanderthals and modern homo sapiens has been a highly controversial matter between scientists in the anthropology scene for decades now. That was until last year, however, when anthropologists convened that the two related species did indeed mate, but the genes passed down from Neanderthals were inactive. Recently, there’s been another reason for contradiction, once with the publishing