Neanderthals and Modern Humans Diverged Earlier than Thought: Study
Neanderthals and Modern Humans Diverged Earlier than Thought: Study
Fossil records show that the most recent shared ancestor with modern humans may have lived at least 800,000 years ago.
Neanderthals and Modern Humans Diverged Earlier than Thought: Study
Neanderthals and Modern Humans Diverged Earlier than Thought: Study

Fossil records show that the most recent shared ancestor with modern humans may have lived at least 800,000 years ago.

Fossil records show that the most recent shared ancestor with modern humans may have lived at least 800,000 years ago.

human evolution
Denisovan Fossil Identified in Tibetan Cave
Denisovan Fossil Identified in Tibetan Cave
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2019
A mandible dating to 160,000 years ago is the first evidence of Denisovan hominins outside the Russian cave where they were first discovered in 2010.
Tiny Knee Bone, Once Lost in Humans, Is Making a Comeback
Tiny Knee Bone, Once Lost in Humans, Is Making a Comeback
Jef Akst | Apr 19, 2019
The fabella disappeared from our lineage millions of years ago, but over the last century, its presence in people’s knees has become more common.
Image of the Day: New Apes
Image of the Day: New Apes
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 17, 2019
When compared to teeth from Homo erectus and orangutans, the remains from an ancient ape appear to belong to a new genus.
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 14, 2019
Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.
Humans Made Tools Atop the Tibetan Plateau More than 30,000 Years Ago
Humans Made Tools Atop the Tibetan Plateau More than 30,000 Years Ago
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2019
A finding pushes back the timeline on humankind’s conquest of one of Earth’s harshest environments, and may provide clues about interactions with their hominin relatives.
“Grandmother Hypothesis” Gets Some Support“Grandmother Hypothesis” Gets Some Support
“Grandmother Hypothesis” Gets Some Support
Ashley Yeager | Feb 7, 2019
New studies suggest forebears’ age and physical proximity matter when it comes to their grandkids’ survival.
A Keen Sense of Smell Appears to Go Hand in Hand with Spatial Memory
A Keen Sense of Smell Appears to Go Hand in Hand with Spatial Memory
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2019
Authors of a small study say the two abilities likely evolved in tandem.
Human Birth Canal Varies More Widely than Previously Thought
Human Birth Canal Varies More Widely than Previously Thought
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 24, 2018
The pelvic bones of women have been shaped more by random evolution than by natural selection, a new study finds.
Taller People More Prone to Cancer
Taller People More Prone to Cancer
Abby Olena | Oct 24, 2018
The increased risk is slight, but aligns with a longstanding hypothesis that having more cells in one’s body leads to more chances for those cells to become cancerous.