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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...

Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance

An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged...

Moroccan fossils show human ancestors’ diet of game

New fossil finds from the Jebel Irhoud archaeological site in Morocco do more than push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years....

Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans

The common lineage of great apes and humans split several hundred thousand earlier than hitherto assumed, according to an international research team headed by...

‘Humanlike’ ways of thinking evolved 1.8 million years ago

By using highly advanced brain imaging technology to observe modern humans crafting ancient tools, an Indiana University neuroarchaeologist has found evidence that human-like ways...

Study could provide first clues about the social lives of extinct...

A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) of the bony head-crests of male gorillas could provide some of the first clues about...

DNA from extinct humans discovered in cave sediments

While there are numerous prehistoric sites in Europe and Asia that contain tools and other human-made artefacts, skeletal remains of ancient humans are scarce....

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