ancient humans
Another New Timeline for <em>Homo naledi</em>
Another New Timeline for Homo naledi
Tracy Vence | Apr 27, 2017
The ancient human may have lived around 200,000 to 300,000 years ago—much more recently than previously estimated.
Image of the Day: New Kid on the Block
Image of the Day: New Kid on the Block
The Scientist Staff | Mar 5, 2017
Ancient skulls discovered in China may belong to a new hominid species that possessed both modern human and Neanderthal characteristics.
Gap Between “Hobbits” and Modern Humans Narrows
Gap Between “Hobbits” and Modern Humans Narrows
Tanya Lewis | Jun 29, 2016
Remnants of fires indicate modern humans may have lived around the same time as Homo floresiensis.
Neanderthals Built Structures Underground
Neanderthals Built Structures Underground
Bob Grant | May 31, 2016
A new analysis of stalagmites stacked deep within a French cave suggests that the ancient hominin was capable of planning and carrying out construction projects.
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Kerry Grens | Mar 14, 2016
Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.
Ancient Microbe Migration
Ancient Microbe Migration
Karen Zusi | Jan 11, 2016
Bacteria from the stomach contents of “Iceman,” an ancient corpse frozen in a European glacier, shed light on early human migration.
Ancient Irish
Ancient Irish
Jef Akst | Dec 30, 2015
The genomes of a 5,200-year-old woman and three 4,000-year-old men yield clues about the founding of Celtic populations.
Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots
Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots
Bob Grant | Nov 19, 2015
The ancient genomes of 50,000-year-old Denisovan teeth suggest the extinct species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.
Life Scientists Honored
Life Scientists Honored
Karen Zusi | Nov 9, 2015
Breakthrough Prizes of $3 million each go to five researchers in the life sciences, recognizing their pioneering work in optogenetics, disease-associated mutation analyses, and ancient DNA sequencing.
New <em>Homo</em> Species Found
New Homo Species Found
Bobby Bascomb | Sep 10, 2015
Researchers describe H. naledi, an ancient human ancestor of unknown age that may have buried its dead.