human evolution
Human Species May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought
Human Species May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought
Shawna Williams | Sep 29, 2017
From DNA evidence, researchers estimate the split from other species took place between 260,000 and 350,000 years ago.
Ancient Sugar Molecule Could Timestamp Human Evolution
Ancient Sugar Molecule Could Timestamp Human Evolution
Aggie Mika | Sep 12, 2017
In animal fossils dating back millions of years, researchers detect traces of a glycan once synthesized by ancestral human lineages. 
Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found
Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found
Shawna Williams | Sep 5, 2017
Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation
Ashley Yeager | Aug 28, 2017
A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.
Humans Lived in Southeast Asia More Than 60,000 Years Ago
Humans Lived in Southeast Asia More Than 60,000 Years Ago
Shawna Williams | Aug 9, 2017
Tooth fossils of cave dwellers represent the first known instance of our species inhabiting a rainforest.
Scientists Uncover Oldest <em>Homo sapiens</em> Fossils to Date
Scientists Uncover Oldest Homo sapiens Fossils to Date
Diana Kwon | Jun 6, 2017
The new fossils push the origin of the human species back by 100,000 years.
<em>Homo naledi</em> Likely Roamed Earth with <em>H. sapiens</em>
Homo naledi Likely Roamed Earth with H. sapiens
Bob Grant | May 9, 2017
New research provides evidence that the ancient hominin species might not be so ancient after all.
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Cordelia Fine | Jan 1, 2017
The public may still believe that male-specific traits, such as high testosterone levels, lead to many of the gender inequalities that exist in society, but science tells a different story.
Natural Selection Kept Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans
Natural Selection Kept Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 29, 2016
Interbreeding with Neanderthals appears to have reintroduced genetic sequences related to innate immunity that had been lost as humans migrated out of Africa. 
Advantages of Neanderthal DNA in the Human Genome
Advantages of Neanderthal DNA in the Human Genome
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 10, 2016
The retention of ancient hominin DNA in modern human genomes may have helped our ancestors adapt to life in diverse environments.