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Hominins Left Africa for Asia Much Earlier Than Thought
Shawna Williams | Jul 11, 2018
The dating of stone tools in China puts members of the
genus there more than 2 million years ago.
Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
The function of early hominins’ enlarged brow ridges, and their reduction in size in
, have puzzled paleoanthropologists for decades.
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena | May 31, 2018
Three members of a gene family called
may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
Secrets from Neanderthal Tooth Plaque
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2017
Ancient hominins in northern Spain ate mushrooms, pine nuts, and moss, and may have used
mold and other natural products to sooth toothache pain.
New Timeline for
Kerry Grens | Jul 6, 2016
The ancient human may have lived around 900,000 years ago—much more recently than first estimated.
Early Hominin Hearing
Karen Zusi | Sep 29, 2015
Based on the structure of fossilized skulls and ear bones, researchers learn that early hominins heard sounds best between the frequencies that humans and chimpanzees do.
Oldest Abstract Etching Yet Found
Kerry Grens | Dec 5, 2014
Archaeologists report that a shell with geometric engravings was carved by a
hundreds of thousands of years ago.
Ancient Georgian Ancestors
Ruth Williams | Oct 17, 2013
A hominin skull found in Dmanisi reveals that human ancestors migrating from Africa were more primitive than once thought.
A Bone-Deep Kinship
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2013
A Neanderthal rib fragment provides conclusive evidence that the ancient hominins were susceptible to a benign bone tumor of modern humans.
Ruth Williams | Apr 11, 2013
Fossilized skeletal remains of the hominid
add to the puzzle of human evolution.