The first hominids might have evolved in Europe, fossil jaw suggests

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Seaweed might have helped determine who we are today

Feasting on seaweeds is good for your brain — in fact, it may have been crucial.

Oldest evidence of hunting by human ancestors is two million years old

A great evolutionary leap forward in our lineage occurred once our hominid ancestors first began to hunt game to acquire meat, which once part of their diet greatly helped them to develop larger brains – especially cooked meat. When exactly this first occurred is controversial to answer. A team of archaeologists, however, have come across the oldest evidence of hunting,

High-quality Neanderthal genome published for open access

German scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have completed the first high-quality draft Neanderthal genome sequence, marking another leap forward in understanding our fellow hominids and how our species interacted, if there was such thing, with other hominid species. Moreover, the whole Neanderthal genome has been made freely available to the scientific community to accelerate research.

Early ancestor is only hominid that ate bark

That’s right. Scientists have found that one of our early ancestors, the Aus­tra­lo­pith­e­cus sed­iba, South Af­ri­can spe­cies from two mil­lion years ago, used to have an unique diet of forest fruits and other woodland plants. Basically, all the other hominids, we currently know of, fo­cused more on grasses and sedges. This makes A. sediba a truly unique relative in the evolutionary

New hominid species that lived alongside the famous Lucy was mostly a climber, not a walker

Africa proves yet again that it’s the cradle of the hominid family, and in consequence the human species. Scientists have found foot fossils in Ethiopia that don’t match those of any kind of hominid discovered thus far, dating from 3.4 million years ago, making the specimen contemporary with Lucy, an Australopithecus afarensis specimen, of vast significance during its initial discovery

Human ancestors started walking on two legs to carry more scarce resources, study suggests

One of the biggest anthropological mysteries scientists have been trying to unravel is the long put question of  how did humans develop bipedal movement. There have been many theories formulated hypothesizing why our ancestors eventually switched from four limbs walking to two – some appealing, some a bit too far the edge. A recent study performed by a joint team

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

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

Human tool use pushed back 800,000 years by new discovery

Although the oldest sexual toy may have dated from the stone age, a newly published discovery of two fossils bearing the mark of tool used to scrub off the meat  dating back  3.39 million years could be enough to make anthropologists revise their current text books. What makes this study potentially monumental is the fact that it could prove tool