Genetics Steps In to Help Tell the Story of Human Origins
Genetics Steps In to Help Tell the Story of Human Origins
Africa’s sparse fossil record alone cannot reveal our species’ evolutionary history.
Genetics Steps In to Help Tell the Story of Human Origins
Genetics Steps In to Help Tell the Story of Human Origins

Africa’s sparse fossil record alone cannot reveal our species’ evolutionary history.

Africa’s sparse fossil record alone cannot reveal our species’ evolutionary history.

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Infographic: Meet Your Ancient Ancestors and Relatives in Africa
Infographic: Meet Your Ancient Ancestors and Relatives in Africa
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 1, 2020
Modern human genomes and bones left behind from ancient hominins in Africa tell a complex story about the origins of our species.
Initiative Seeks to CT Scan Kenya’s Unexplored Fossil Trove
Initiative Seeks to CT Scan Kenya’s Unexplored Fossil Trove
Stephenie Livingston | Jul 30, 2020
A paleontologist at the National Museums of Kenya is spearheading an effort to make 3-D reconstructions of the institution’s fossils available internationally.
Oldest Green Algae Fossil Discovered in China
Oldest Green Algae Fossil Discovered in China
Kerry Grens | Feb 25, 2020
The 1-billion-year-old impressions have features similar to modern algae and indicate that photosynthesizing plants evolved at least that long ago.
Exploding Stars Probably Didn’t Spur Hominins to Walk Upright
Exploding Stars Probably Didn’t Spur Hominins to Walk Upright
Ashley Yeager | Sep 1, 2019
The astronomical idea doesn’t align well with the fossil record, anthropologists argue, but the origins of bipedalism are still difficult to determine.
Image of the Day: New Tyrannosauroid
Image of the Day: New Tyrannosauroid
Chia-Yi Hou | May 7, 2019
Fossils of two dinosaur skeletons found in New Mexico are from a species new to science that lived 92 million years ago.
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 21, 2018
From 500-million-year-old fat to a newly discovered virus, here are some stunners from The Scientist in 2018.
Image of the Day: Baby Boom
Image of the Day: Baby Boom
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 31, 2018
Researchers describe the remains of a clutch of extinct mammal-like animals.
Oldest Evidence of Terrestrial Life on a Young Earth
Oldest Evidence of Terrestrial Life on a Young Earth
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 23, 2018
Microbes were living on land as early as 3.22 billion years ago, fossilized rocks show, 500 million years earlier than previously documented.
Nick Pyenson Reconstructs Bygone Whale Populations Using Fossils
Nick Pyenson Reconstructs Bygone Whale Populations Using Fossils
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History paleobiologist also studies the evolution of echolocation and special sensory structures in modern whales.

Life Reemerged Just Years After Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact
Life Reemerged Just Years After Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact
Ashley Yeager | May 30, 2018
Nutrient-rich water helped marine organisms reinhabit Chicxulub crater relatively quickly after the mass-extinction event.
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018
Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Abby Olena | Apr 11, 2018
Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.
<em>Homo Sapiens</em> Fossil Pushes Back Date of Human Migration from Africa
Homo Sapiens Fossil Pushes Back Date of Human Migration from Africa
Jim Daley | Apr 9, 2018
An 88,000-year-old finger bone places human ancestors in Arabia earlier than previously believed.
Image of the Day: Pterosaur Fossils
Image of the Day: Pterosaur Fossils
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 14, 2018
Paleontologists find fossils from at least seven species of the flying reptiles in Morocco.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2018
Selected images of the Day from the-scientist.com
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 24, 2017
From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.
Image of the Day: Sea Dinosaur 
Image of the Day: Sea Dinosaur 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 15, 2017
Palaeontologists have discovered the oldest fossil evidence to date for small, stiff-necked, sea-dwelling reptiles. 
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 13, 2017
Scientists have found the oldest known specimen of a blood-sucking insect together with the remains of its host. 
Image of the Day: Ice Age Horse 
Image of the Day: Ice Age Horse 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 29, 2017
Scientists have identified a new genus of extinct horse that lived in North America during the last ice age.