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New DNA method

New technology will unravel mysteries of ancient humans and shed light on our origins

The last few months has seen the release of several ground-breaking research studies which are beginning to demystify our ancient origins. This included the first ever complete sequencing of a...
20 Percent of Neanderthal genome in Humans

New studies reveal 20 Percent of Neanderthal genome lives on in modern humans

Last year, ground-breaking research revealed conclusive evidence that Neanderthals bred with modern humans (Homo sapiens), a fact disputed for many years. The first ever complete mapping of a...
Denisova Caves - Siberia

Scientists draw up definitive list of genes that make us human

Last month we reported on the incredible accomplishment of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, who mapped the Neanderthal genome to the same level of detail that...
The best on human origins 2013

What we discovered about ancient human origins this year… and what is still a mystery

This year, huge strides were made in unravelling some of the mysteries of our ancient ancestors. For example, in the first ever analysis of a virtually complete Neanderthal genome, scientists were...
Human Finger Fossil 1.5 million-year-old

1.5 million-year-old human hand fossil showed evidence of complex tool use

Researchers have discovered a 1.5 million-year-old fossil that possesses an anatomical feature that is believed to be vital for making and using complex tools . The implication is that our human...
Neanderthal Graves

Neanderthals Buried Their Dead in Ancient Ritual

In yet another revealing study showing that Neanderthals were not that different from modern humans, researchers have found proof that our ancient relatives buried their dead intentionally . Evidence...
Diet in Prehistoric Times

Ancient humans had much better diet than us

New research has shown that Stone Age humans in Britain and France selected their ‘real estate’ in order to achieve the perfect diet. Ancient humans chose to live on islands in the flood plains of...
Oldest Humans - Mysterious Branch of Humanity

Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

A new landmark study has revealed the oldest known human DNA ever to be found, dating back approximately 400,000 years – substantially older than the previous earliest human DNA from a 100,000-year-...
Neanderthals organised

Ancient rock shelter reveals Neanderthals kept organised and tidy homes

Archaeologists in Italy have found a collapsed rock shelter which has revealed that Neanderthals kept an organised and tidy home with separate spaces for preparing food, sleeping, making tools and...
Immune Gene

Did Humans Inherit Disease Immunity from Neanderthals

It seems that Neanderthals passed on more than just their tool-making know how. A new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has revealed the discovery of a receptor that allows the...
Ethiopia Findings

Discovery of 280,000-Year-Old Javelin Challenges Current Beliefs on Evolution

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed a discovery that serves to challenge a number of adamant and self-assured scientists who have refused to believe that pre-human species had...
Sidron Cave

Grisly discovery in Spain reveals Neanderthal family was butchered and eaten

Nearly a decade ago, a group of cave explorers stumbled upon a large collection of Neanderthal remains in the El Sidrón cave system in north western Spain. In new research presented to the Royal...
Denisova Cave

Ancient Humans Bred with Completely Unknown Species

A new study presented to the Royal Society meeting on ancient DNA in London last week has revealed a dramatic finding – the genome of one of our ancient ancestors, the Denisovans, contains a segment...
Stone Tools

You don’t need to be human to carve a stone!

If there is anything that gets my back up in human origins research, it is scientists, or reporters for that matter, who refuse to accept that species that preceded modern humans (Homo sapiens) were...
Old Flute in Germany - Origins of Music

The Origin of Music

The origin of music itself is very difficult to determine because in all probability, it is likely to have begun with singing and clapping or beating the hands on different surfaces, for which there...
Neanderthals and Modern Humans

No Known Human Relative Is Common Ancestor of Neanderthals and Modern Humans

Archaeologists and palaeontologists have worked tirelessly over the last decades to attempt to piece together a complete fossil record of our human ancestry. However, time and again, study results...

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