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Image of the Day: Pleistocene Footprints
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 29, 2018
Researchers find impressions left by a human some 13,000 years ago in British Columbia.
Study Digs into Sexual Harassment During Fieldwork
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 17, 2017
Ambiguous rules and absent consequences are linked to harassment.
DNA Analysis Throws New Light on the 1845 Franklin Arctic Expedition
Catherine Offord | Aug 3, 2017
Anthropologists make use of forensic science to delve into historical mysteries.
Paper Suggesting Major Revision to Human Migration Stirs Debate
Bob Grant | Apr 27, 2017
Scientists are criticizing the claim that hominins were in North America more than 100,000 years earlier than the currently accepted estimation.
Another New Timeline for
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
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.
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
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
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
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 25, 2016
Scientists have found the first evidence of these organisms on ancient “hygiene sticks.”