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.

Potential new species of human found in cave in Philippines

This would make the 5th lineage that lived alongside modern humans.

New research suggests humanity’s ancestors began walking upright earlier than believed

Walk like an Egyptian?

The ‘forager gene’ of humans and fruit flies works in practically the same way

No time like mealtime.

We’re watching a ‘horror story’ in which the casualty is Earth’s wilderness

Only 23% of the world can now be considered wilderness.

Why do people self-harm? New study offers surprising answers

Definitely an unexpected finding.

One broken gene made us very good runners

A genetic fluke two to three million years ago turned humans into the best endurance runners around.

The UK’s HPV-vaccine effort paid off: infections are down 86%

Good news from the UK!

There are huge differences in how animals see the world — we’re among the crisp-eyed

Enjoy the world in HD.

Three confirmed, six suspected deaths from emerging Nipah virus in India

The WHO has previously placed this virus on its watchlist of pathogens with high “epidemic potential” and no known treatment.

Human-like walking evolved before the genus Homo, more than 3.6 million years ago

Well if it sounds like a human and walks like a human…

We can’t grow new neurons in adulthood after all, new study says

Neurogenesis fully stops after the age of thirteen, researchers suggest.

Man-made: we’ve domesticated our own species

Does this make us pets?

Humans got a brain upgrade less than 200,000 years ago, and it made us what we are today

The brain changes and the skull follows.

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.

Humans got taller, then bulkier in ‘bursts’ during our evolution

Growing strong!

Experimental male birth control seems to work, but the side effects are pretty nasty

The shots were 97% effective but were not very pleasant to handle.

Study wants to track EVERYTHING 10,000 New Yorkers do over 20 years, to unravel the mysteries of the human condition

It’s very creepy, but might be a game changer in science.

‘Pristine’ landscapes haven’t existed for thousands of years, says new study

If you want to escape civilisation and head into the unaltered wilderness you may be in for a shock: it doesn’t exist.

Humans are the world’s super predator – by far

Though humans might not be as fierce as a lion or white shark, we’re definitely the greatest predatory species in the world, ever. The extent of humanity’s super-predation was assessed by a team at University of Victoria in British Columbia which compared our hunting abilities to those of both land and marine predators in all the oceans and continents, besides Antarctica. The findings reveal humans lack any real competition preying on adults of other species at rates up to 14 times higher than other predators, especially marine ones.