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Evolution & Human Origins

We bring you all the latest news and discoveries relating to human origins and evolution. The more fossils that are unearthed, the more researchers admit that there is much that is still unknown about the evolution of humans.

3D digital reproduction of humans butchering a glyptodonts. 	Source: Damian Voglino, Museo de Ciencias Naturales/UNLP

Giant Armadillo Provides Evidence of Humans in S. America 20,000-Years-Ago

A new study reveals that ancient humans may have butchered and consumed a giant armadillo-like creature around 20,000 years ago in present-day Argentina. This discovery is another in a long line of...
The sedimentary outcrops at Orca

New Dating Places the First European Hominids in Southern Iberia

One of the most significant controversies in the study of human evolution and migration is determining when and by what route the first hominids arrived in Europe from Africa. Recent geological...
Woolly mammoth scene.	Source: Beth Zaiken/Stockholm University By Nathan Falde

Scientists Create Highly Detailed 3D Model of Extinct Woolly Mammoth DNA

A woolly mammoth that died in Siberia 52,000 years ago left behind an extraordinarily well-preserved body, which was freeze-dried almost instantly in the severe cold of a Siberian winter. In fact,...
One of the complete skeletons found in the Frälsegården passage grave.	Source: Karl-Göran Sjögren/Nature

DNA Study Suggests Plague Caused Neolithic Population Crash in 3,000 BC

The notorious plague outbreak known as the Black Death was one of the most epic mass casualty events in human history, as it may have killed off up to one-third of the European population in the 14th...
Human brain Anatomical Model illustration.	Source: paul/Adobe Stock

New Study Defies Link Between Brain Size and Intelligence in Nature

For many years, scientists have adhered to a straightforward principle: larger bodies mean larger brains. A fascinating new study has challenged this idea, indicating that brain size can only...
The collective tomb at Bréviandes les Pointes, near Troyes, where all the skeletons have had their genomes sequenced.

Secrets of the European Genome Revealed At 4,500-year-old Burial

By Eva-Maria Geigl / Oğuzhan Parasayan / Thierry Grange /The Conversation High-resolution analysis of the genomes of individuals buried in a 4,500-year-old collective tomb at Bréviandes-les-Pointes,...
Man from Bilbao

The Man from Bilbao: Unearthing A Hunter-Gatherer in the Coahuila Desert

In the arid expanses of the Coahuila desert, a remarkable archaeological discovery has surfaced, revealing the ancient life styles of hunter-gatherers. The National Institute of Anthropology and...

Denisovan Finds Reveal They Survived on Tibetan Plateau for 160,000 Years

Bone  remains found in a Tibetan cave 3,280 m above sea level indicate that Denisovans, an ancient group of extinct humans survived here for many millennia, according to a new study published in ...
: An artist’s reconstruction of a Neanderthal, displayed in the exhibition ‘Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story’. Source: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

Modern Human DNA Has Neanderthal Traces – Except the Y Chromosome

By Jenny Graves /The Conversation Neanderthals, the closest cousins of modern humans, lived in parts of Europe and Asia until their extinction some 30,000 years ago. Genetic studies are revealing...
: Controversial reporter, Graham Hancock. 	Source: Netflix

"Ancient Apocalypse" Filming Halted Amid Native American Outcry

Graham Hancock, the British host of the hit Netflix series "Ancient Apocalypse," has canceled plans to film a new season in the United States following significant backlash from Native American...
Left; The reconstructed skeleton of Lucy, found in Hadar, Ethiopia, in 1974, and Grace Latimer, then age 4, daughter of a research team member. Right; Reconstruction of a male (left) and female (right) A. afarensis at the Natural History Museum, Vienna. Right, Lucy skeleton, Cleveland Natural History Museum. Source: CC BY 2.0 /CC BY-SA 4.0/CC BY-SA 4.0/CC BY SA 2.0

Lucy Stood Just 3.5 feet Tall But Towers Over Our Understanding of Human Origins

Denise Su /The Conversation In 1974, on a survey in Hadar in the remote badlands of Ethiopia, U.S. paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson and graduate student Tom Gray found a piece of an elbow joint...
Researchers at Jabal Kaf Addor rock shelter in the Al Habhab region, UAE.  	Source: Fujairah Tourism & Antiquities Authority

Arabian Rock Shelter Shows Evidence of Human Occupation From 13,000 Years Ago!

Contrary to popular belief, Fujairah in southeast Arabia, was not deserted in ancient times. Recent archaeological excavations have revealed human settlements in the area, resetting previously...
AI image representative of a Neanderthal child.	Source: robert/Adobe Stock

Neanderthal Child with Down’s Syndrome Received Compassionate Group Care

An anatomical study of a piece of a Neanderthal child’s skull showed that this young person had been born with severe health challenges, of a type commonly associated with Down’s syndrome. Yet...
Close up of the 44,000-year-old wolf from Siberia.

Perfectly Preserved 44,000-Year-Old Wolf Discovered in Siberian Permafrost

A remarkably well-preserved ancient wolf has been unearthed from the Siberian permafrost, stunning researchers with its intact teeth, fur, bones, and even internal organs. Discovered in the Abyi...
: A sambaqui on the coast of Santa Catarina: these mounds of shellfish debris, bones and other remains were burial sites.	Source: Jéssica M. Cardoso/Plos ONE

Study Revises History of Brazilian Coast Occupation From 2,000 Years Ago

A brilliant new study from Brazil has revised the historical narrative of human occupation along Brazil’s coast, offering new insights into the ancient sambaqui builders at the Galheta IV...
Reconstruction of Lokiceratops

New Species of Multi-Horned Dinosaur from 78 Million BC Found in Montana

A team of paleontologists has identified an impressive new species of dinosaur from fossil remains extracted from a bed of ancient bones located in the western United States, near the U.S.—Canadian...
Neanderthal DNA might play a role in autism

Study Reveals Stunning Link Between Autism and Neanderthal DNA in Humans

A fascinating new study has revealed a surprising possible source for the presence of autism in the human population. Performing a careful analysis of human genetic variations that have been linked...
Homo Antecessor

Did Homo Antecessor Cause Its Own Destruction? (Video)

In the annals of human evolution lies a grim chapter marked by the ancient species known as Homo antecessor. Fossil evidence from around 800,000 years ago, unearthed in what is now Spain, paints a...
Humans and Neanderthals started breeding together 47,000 years ago.     Source: Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock

Geneticists Think Neanderthals and Sapiens Started Breeding 47,000 Years Ago

Most people alive today carry traces of genes inherited from Neanderthals, indicating a complex history of interbreeding between modern humans and their now extinct cousins. But when exactly we first...
Mangareva - Binary System

Remote Islanders Invented Binary Number System Before Famed Mathematician

Mangareva is home to just 2,000 inhabitants. The island is a tiny 18 square kilometres (6.94 sq mi) and is located halfway between Easter Island and Tahiti. Yet on this small, remote island, the...
View of the Lailea River from on top of the hill containing Laili rockshelter. Source: Mike Morley/The Conversation

Find in Ancient Mud May Rewrite the History of Settlement in Australasia

Mike W. Morley et al./The Conversation Humans arrived in Australia at least 65,000 years ago , according to archaeological evidence. These pioneers were part of an early wave of people travelling...
Neanderthals Archaic Extinct Human Skull Vs Modern Human Skull Comparison Art Study.	Source: Winters860/Adobe Stock

Why Neanderthals Probably Didn’t Use Metaphors

Steven Mithen /The Conversation The Neanderthals ( Homo neanderthalensis ) fascinate researchers and the general public alike. They remain central to debates about the nature of the genus Homo (the...
Top image: Auckland Island merganser. Artistic reconstruction by J. G. Keulemans from Bullers Birds of New Zealand (1888) Bullers Birds of New Zealand.                Source: Author provided/The Conversation

Extinct Duck's Ancient DNA Shows How Birds Migrated to Make New Zealand Home

By Nic Rawlence & Alexander Verry /The Conversation Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haast’s eagle , and the answer will likely be yes. The...
Oldest human viruses found in Neanderthal DNA.	 Source: IRStone/Adobe Stock

50,000-Year-Old Neanderthal Remains Reveal Oldest Human Viruses

Analysis of Neanderthal skeleton remains from 50,000 years ago found 2 years ago in Russia’s Chagyrskaya cave has revealed fascinating genetic data. Genetic material from three prevalent viruses...

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