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The animal pictures and hand stencils were made in caves in Spain thousands of years before Homo sapiens arrived in Europe.

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The find is estimated to be at least 177,000 years old.

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The new fossils push the origin of the human species back by 100,000 years.

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New research provides evidence that the ancient hominin species might not be so ancient after all.

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“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment

By Bob Grant | September 26, 2016

A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.

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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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Ancient Y Chromosome Analyzed

By Tanya Lewis | April 7, 2016

In-depth analysis of the Neanderthal Y chromosome offers insights into the ancient hominins’ split with modern humans.

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Dating the Origin of Us

By Ajit Varki | November 1, 2013

Theoretical anthropogeny seeks to understand how Homo sapiens rose to a position of global dominance.

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Suspect Sasquatch Sequencing

By Beth Marie Mole | November 28, 2012

Without publishing any data, a Texas-based forensic company claims to have sequenced the genome of Bigfoot.

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Brain Evolution at a Distance

By Hannah Waters | December 6, 2011

Gene expression controlled from afar may have spurred the spurt in brain evolution that led to modern humans.

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