archaeology
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.
Monkey Tools and Early Human Ingenuity
Monkey Tools and Early Human Ingenuity
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2016
Wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil produce sharp stone flakes by accident, causing some researchers to suggest a rethink of the beginnings of human tool use.
Oldest-Known Proteins?
Oldest-Known Proteins?
Ben Andrew Henry | Sep 19, 2016
Molecules extracted from 3.8 million-year-old ostrich eggshells appear to break the record for oldest preserved proteins.
The Neanderthal in the Mirror
The Neanderthal in the Mirror
Lydia Pyne | Aug 1, 2016
Our evolutionary cousin is no longer a blundering caveman. Recent research has painted a picture of a human ancestor with culture, art, and advanced cognitive skills.
Book Excerpt from <em>Seven Skeletons</em>
Book Excerpt from Seven Skeletons
Lydia Pyne | Jul 31, 2016
In Chapter 1, “The Old Man of La Chapelle: The Patriarch of Paleo,” author Lydia Pyne explains the public's evolving conception of the first complete Neanderthal skeleton found and described by scientists.
Fossilized Feces Reveal Silk Road Parasites
Fossilized Feces Reveal Silk Road Parasites
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 25, 2016
Scientists have found the first evidence of these organisms on ancient “hygiene sticks.”
Underwater “City” Built by Microbes
Underwater “City” Built by Microbes
Catherine Offord | Jun 7, 2016
Columns and pavement-like structures found in the Ionian Sea were built by bacteria.
Dog Domestication History Clarified
Dog Domestication History Clarified
Bob Grant | Jun 3, 2016
A study suggests that wolves were transformed into man’s best friend more than once, in Asia and in Europe or the Near East.
US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man
US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man
Bob Grant | Apr 29, 2016
A 2015 ancient DNA study determined that the 8,500-year-old skeletal remains belonged to an individual of Native American ancestry. Now, the US Army Corp of Engineers has begun the process of returning the bones to their rightful owners.
Ancient DNA Sheds Light on Peopling of Americas
Ancient DNA Sheds Light on Peopling of Americas
Bob Grant | Oct 28, 2015
An analysis of centuries-old genetic material from two infants who lived near the Bering Strait suggests that people came to North America in a single wave from Asia about 25,000 years ago.