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Height and weight evolved at different speeds in the bodies of...

A wide-ranging new study of fossils spanning over four million years suggests that stature and body mass advanced at different speeds during the evolution...

Man’s earliest ancestors discovered in southern England

Fossils of the oldest mammals related to humankind have been discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. The two teeth are from small, rat-like creatures...

Determining when humans started impacting the planet on a large scale

Humans have so profoundly altered Earth that, some scientists argue, our current geologic epoch requires a new name: the Anthropocene. But defining the precise...

Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate

Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to very dry about 60,000 years ago, according to research led by a...

Human impact on planet has changed course of Earth’s history

The significant scale of human impact on our planet has changed the course of Earth history, an international team of scientists led by the...

Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes

Two herpes simplex viruses infect primates from unknown evolutionary depths. In modern humans these viruses manifest as cold sores (HSV1) and genital herpes (HSV2). Unlike...

Why your ancestors would have aced the long jump

A 52-million-year-old ankle fossil suggests our prehuman ancestors were high-flying acrobats. These first primates spent most of their time in the trees rather than on...

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have...

Extinction mystery solved? Evidence suggests humans played a role in monkey’s...

Radiocarbon dating of a fossilized leg bone from a Jamaican monkey called Xenothrix mcgregori suggests it may be the one of the most recent...

New look at archaic DNA rewrites human evolution story

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans diverged from an archaic lineage that gave rise to Neanderthals and Denisovans. Yet...

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