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Secrets from Neanderthal Tooth Plaque

By Jef Akst | March 10, 2017

Ancient hominins in northern Spain ate mushrooms, pine nuts, and moss, and may have used Penicillium mold and other natural products to sooth toothache pain.


image: New Timeline for <em>Homo naledi</em>

New Timeline for Homo naledi

By Kerry Grens | July 6, 2016

The ancient human may have lived around 900,000 years ago—much more recently than first estimated.


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Early Hominin Hearing

By Karen Zusi | September 29, 2015

Based on the structure of fossilized skulls and ear bones, researchers learn that early hominins heard sounds best between the frequencies that humans and chimpanzees do.

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image: Oldest Abstract Etching Yet Found

Oldest Abstract Etching Yet Found

By Kerry Grens | December 5, 2014

Archaeologists report that a shell with geometric engravings was carved by a Homo erectus hundreds of thousands of years ago.


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Ancient Georgian Ancestors

By Ruth Williams | October 17, 2013

A hominin skull found in Dmanisi reveals that human ancestors migrating from Africa were more primitive than once thought.


image: A Bone-Deep Kinship

A Bone-Deep Kinship

By Jef Akst | September 1, 2013

A Neanderthal rib fragment provides conclusive evidence that the ancient hominins were susceptible to a benign bone tumor of modern humans.


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Human Ancestors?

By Ruth Williams | April 11, 2013

Fossilized skeletal remains of the hominid Australopithecus sediba add to the puzzle of human evolution.


image: The First Australopithecus, 1925

The First Australopithecus, 1925

By Sabrina Richards | July 1, 2012

The discovery of the 2.5-million-year-old Taung Child skull marked a turning point in the study of human brain evolution.


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Why People Lost Their Fur

By Ruth Williams | December 12, 2011

The need for ancient humans to keep cool during the day might explain their lack of body hair but not why they walked on two feet.


image: Earliest Modern Europeans Described

Earliest Modern Europeans Described

By Jef Akst | November 3, 2011

A fossilized jaw bone and teeth from Western Europe are recognized as the oldest modern human fossils recovered in the region.


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