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Revising the story of the dispersal of modern humans across Eurasia

Most people are now familiar with the traditional "Out of Africa" model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached...

Litte Foot takes a bow: The world’s most complete Australopithecus skeleton...

South Africa's status as a major cradle in the African nursery of humankind has been reinforced with today's unveiling of "Little Foot," the country's...

Abominable Snowman? Nope. Study ties DNA samples from purported Yetis to...

The Yeti or Abominable Snowman -- a mysterious, ape-like creature said to inhabit the high mountains of Asia -- looms large in the mythology...

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...

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....

Cerutti Mastodon: The earliest evidence of humans in North America

An Ice Age paleontological-turned-archaeological site in San Diego, Calif., preserves 130,000-year-old bones and teeth of a mastodon that show evidence of modification by early...

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