7,200-Year-Old Skeleton Offers Clues to Early Human Migration
7,200-Year-Old Skeleton Offers Clues to Early Human Migration
Analysis of DNA from remains found in an Indonesian cave provides new insight into human movements among the islands between East Asia and Australia.
7,200-Year-Old Skeleton Offers Clues to Early Human Migration
7,200-Year-Old Skeleton Offers Clues to Early Human Migration

Analysis of DNA from remains found in an Indonesian cave provides new insight into human movements among the islands between East Asia and Australia.

Analysis of DNA from remains found in an Indonesian cave provides new insight into human movements among the islands between East Asia and Australia.

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DNA Evidence Shows Ancient Humans and Dogs Migrated Together
DNA Evidence Shows Ancient Humans and Dogs Migrated Together
Lisa Winter | Oct 31, 2020
The study is the first to show a genomic relationship between dogs and humans on the move.
The Peopling of South America
The Peopling of South America
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
While questions still outnumber answers, new findings from archaeology, genetics, and other disciplines are revealing surprising insights into the early cultures of the most recently populated continent.
Infographic: South America’s Early Prehistory
Infographic: South America’s Early Prehistory
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
Genetics and archaeology yield clues as to when humans first arrived on the continent and how these early settlers lived.
Native Americans Crossed the Pacific Long Before Europeans
Native Americans Crossed the Pacific Long Before Europeans
Abby Olena | Jul 8, 2020
Genetic evidence points to individuals from South America having possibly floated on a raft to Polynesian islands about 500 years before Europeans navigated there.
45,000-Year-Old Human Remains Found in Bulgarian Cave
45,000-Year-Old Human Remains Found in Bulgarian Cave
Jef Akst | May 12, 2020
A tooth and six bone fragments are the oldest confirmed Homo sapiens fossils in Europe.
Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a Clue to Early American Settlers
Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a Clue to Early American Settlers
Alejandra Manjarrez | Apr 7, 2020
The crania of individuals who lived in the Yucatán Peninsula during the late Pleistocene show a high degree of anatomical diversity among them, and their skull shapes differ from that of other North American populations of the time.
Ancient Wheat Genome Reveals Clues to the Agricultural Past
Ancient Wheat Genome Reveals Clues to the Agricultural Past
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2020
A museum sample of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian crop plant yields genomic information that helps researchers track the plant’s domestication and migration.
Artifacts Found in North America Suggest Humans Came By Sea
Artifacts Found in North America Suggest Humans Came By Sea
Chia-Yi Hou | Aug 29, 2019
Dating back to 16,000 years, items from a dig site in Idaho point to the first settlers arriving by a Pacific coastal route rather than by an ice-free land bridge from Siberia.
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
Jef Akst | Jun 6, 2019
Sequences from dozens of ancient remains from Siberia reveal the closest ancient relative of Native Americans found outside of North America.
Hominins Left Africa for Asia Much Earlier Than Thought
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 Homo genus there more than 2 million years ago.
Original North American Dogs Descended From Siberian Populations
Original North American Dogs Descended From Siberian Populations
Catherine Offord | Jul 5, 2018
European settlers likely wiped out these ancient dogs, but the animals seem to have left a lasting legacy in a transmissible canine cancer.
New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans
New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 1, 2018
Divergent human lineages of North America intermingled before setting off to establish populations of Central and South America.  
<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.
<em>Homo Sapiens</em> Interbred With Denisovans From Two Different Populations
Homo Sapiens Interbred With Denisovans From Two Different Populations
Shawna Williams | Mar 16, 2018
Researchers find that modern human populations carry distinct sets of genes from the extinct hominin species.
Oldest Known Paintings Created by Neanderthals, Not Modern Humans
Oldest Known Paintings Created by Neanderthals, Not Modern Humans
Catherine Offord | Feb 25, 2018
The animal pictures and hand stencils were made in caves in Spain thousands of years before Homo sapiens arrived in Europe.
DNA Analysis Paints New Picture of 10,000-Year-Old Briton
DNA Analysis Paints New Picture of 10,000-Year-Old Briton
Shawna Williams | Feb 7, 2018
“Cheddar Man” had dark hair and blue eyes, a sequencing analysis suggests.
Jawbone Fossil Suggests Humans Left Africa Earlier than Previously Believed
Jawbone Fossil Suggests Humans Left Africa Earlier than Previously Believed
Shawna Williams | Jan 25, 2018
The find is estimated to be at least 177,000 years old.
All Native Americans Descended from One Ancestral Population
All Native Americans Descended from One Ancestral Population
Abby Olena | Jan 3, 2018
The genome of an infant who lived in Alaska thousands of years ago represents a previously unknown group of humans called Ancient Beringians, who share a common lineage with other Native Americans. 
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.