Early humans adapted to hunt monkeys and squirrels

The humans had to become very efficient in order to survive.

The Timeline of Human Evolution

We’re taking you for a ride through evolutionary memory lane, carefully listing the members of our long family tree.

Ancient human fossil finger found in Arabia could rewrite our species’ history

A tiny fingerbone is re-writing the story of human dispersal out of Africa.

Scientists double the number of Neanderthal genomes, gleaning new tribal insights

Cheeky new details concerning the interbreeding between Neanderthals and our own species.

Modern humans and Denisovans interbred at least twice in history

Our ancestors interbred both with Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Oldest human fossil outside Africa suggests our species left the continent 100,000 years earlier than thought

A 200,000-year-old human jawbone found in a cave in Israel is rewriting history.

Virtual reconstruction shows what the first modern humans to reach Europe looked like

A lot has changed in 30.000 years.

Neanderthal and modern humans shared long childhoods

Yet another sign that the two species from the same Homo genus were very similar to one another.

Modern humans might’ve killed off the Neanderthals by eating all the mammoth

Dibs on the last slice.

‘Hobbits’ didn’t evolve from a direct modern human ancestor. They likely originate from Africa instead

The most comprehensive bone analysis of its kind shows Homo floresiensis didn’t share important features with Homo erectus.

Mysterious 400,000-year-old skull found in Portugal might have belonged to a Neanderthal ancestor

No one knows who the direct ancestor of Neanderthals is but this skull might help shed light.

How humans turned “safari” to “safe” – what large mammals diversity worldwide would look without us

The fact that the greatest biodiversity of large mammals we know of today is recorded in Africa is a legacy of past human activity, not climate or environmental phenomena, new study reveals. The paper theorizes at how the world today would look if Homo sapiens had never existed.
In a previous analysis, the researchers from Aarhus Univeristy, Denmark, they showed how the mass extinction of large mammals during the last Ice Age and the subsequent millennia, most notably the late-Quaternary megafauna extinction, is largely explainable by the expansion of modern humans across the world.

Earliest specimen from the human family discovered in Ethiopia

A broken jaw unearthed in Ethiopia pushes back the origin of the homo linage – of which homo sapiens sapiens are the only surviving members – by 400,000 years. The finding might prove important in explaining how our ancestors diverged from more apelike relatives, like Australopithecus, to big brained beings, filling a blank spot two to tree millions years ago

22,000 year old skull fragment may represent extinct lineage of modern humans

A partial skull fragment found in Kenya seems to indicate that early humans were much more diverse than previously thought. The 22,000-year-old skull clearly belongs to a human species, but is unlike anything else previously discovered.

Early human ancestors used their hands much in the way as we do

After analyzing key hand bone fragments from fossil records, a team of anthropologists conclude that pre-homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used a hand posture very similar to that of modern humans. Considering fossil tools used for scrubbing off meat as old as 3.3 million years have been found, it may just be that our early ancestors weren’t all that different from good ol’ superior homo sapiens sapiens. Well, as far as hands go at least.

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

Stone-Tipped Spears Predate Existence of Humans

  Researchers have found obsidian spearheads dated 85.000 years ago before the development of Homo Sapiens (280.000 years ago). This is a very complicated process, requiring numerous steps and lots of concentration and skill This has 2 possible explanations: either humans evolved much earlier than previously believed, either another species had advanced craftsmanship skills     Shocking implications Somebody was

Which came first: the dexterous hand or the agile foot?

A common assumption in human evolution is that our early ancestors first developed bipedal locomotion and only then did they developed dexterous hands capable of using tools, since these were free to be used no longer being required for walking. A new research by a team of Japanese scientists proved this long-standing assumption wrong, however, after they used high-end laboratory

Human hair found in prehistoric hyena feces

Human hair found in fossilized hyena poop suggests that ancient humans were sometimes on the menu of other animals. The fossilized dung, part of a “hyena latrine,” will be described in the upcoming October issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science; the sample has been subjected to a number of tests. The sample is about 257,000 years old. “Based on

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.