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“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative

A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.

A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.

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Early Humans’ Brains Were More Apelike than Modern
Early Humans’ Brains Were More Apelike than Modern
Abby Olena | Apr 8, 2021
Impressions that ancient brains left in fossilized skulls reveal that the first human ancestors to migrate out of Africa had much more primitive brains than previously thought.
Questions Raised About How an Ancient Hominin Moved
Questions Raised About How an Ancient Hominin Moved
Abby Olena | Feb 24, 2021
A new analysis of the hand of the 4.4-million-year-old partial skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus indicates that the human ancestor may have climbed and swung through trees like chimpanzees do.
Amazonian Secrets
Amazonian Secrets
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2020
Watch researchers travel to a cave deep in the Amazon to search for clues about the first humans to populate the Americas.
Aquatic Apes?
Aquatic Apes?
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2020
Watch Reading Frames author Peter Rhys-Evans and documentarian Sir David Attenborough discuss the book The Waterside Ape and the impact it may have on our understanding of human evolution.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Waterside Ape</em>
Book Excerpt from The Waterside Ape
Peter Rhys-Evans | Apr 1, 2020
In Chapter 11, “Surfer’s Ear,” author Peter Rhys-Evans describes a key piece of evidence he says supports his hypothesis of a brief period of semi-aquatic living in early hominins.
Did Human Evolution Include a Semi-Aquatic Phase?
Did Human Evolution Include a Semi-Aquatic Phase?
Peter Rhys-Evans | Apr 1, 2020
A recent book outlines fossil evidence supporting the controversial hypothesis.
What A Long, Strange Decade It&rsquo;s Been
What A Long, Strange Decade It’s Been
Bob Grant | Dec 20, 2019
For the past 10 years, life science has moved us closer to a complete understanding of what makes us human—our similarities, our differences, and our shared history.
<em>Homo sapiens</em> Might Not Be Responsible for Neanderthal Demise
Homo sapiens Might Not Be Responsible for Neanderthal Demise
Catherine Offord | Nov 29, 2019
Researchers’ simulations suggest that small population sizes and inbreeding made Neanderthal populations vulnerable to chance fluctuations in population size.
Ape Fossils Shed New Light on Evolution of Bipedalism
Ape Fossils Shed New Light on Evolution of Bipedalism
Catherine Offord | Nov 7, 2019
The 12-million-year-old bones of a previously unknown species named Danuvius guggenmosi challenge the prevailing view about when and where our ancestors first started walking upright.
Image of the Day: Famine Victim Teeth
Image of the Day: Famine Victim Teeth
Emily Makowski | Sep 12, 2019
Dental calculus provides a look into the diets of 42 people who died during the Great Irish Famine.
Image of the Day: Ancient Footprints
Image of the Day: Ancient Footprints
Emily Makowski | Sep 10, 2019
A discovery of Neanderthal footprints reveals insights into the hominin’s social structure.
Image of the Day: Skeleton Lake
Image of the Day: Skeleton Lake
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 23, 2019
Human remains around Roopkund Lake in India bear South Asian, East Asian, and Mediterranean ancestry.
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans&rsquo; 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.
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.
Rat Remains Reveal Landscape Changes Wrought by Human Settlement of Polynesia
Rat Remains Reveal Landscape Changes Wrought by Human Settlement of Polynesia
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2018
Isotope changes in the bones demonstrate a similar pattern across far-flung islands.
Girl Had a Denisovan Dad and Neanderthal Mom
Girl Had a Denisovan Dad and Neanderthal Mom
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 22, 2018
Genetic analysis of a bone fragment reveals the girl’s mixed ancestry 90,000 years ago. 
<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 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.
Another New Timeline for <em>Homo naledi</em>
Another New Timeline for Homo naledi
Tracy Vence | Apr 27, 2017
The ancient human may have lived around 200,000 to 300,000 years ago—much more recently than previously estimated.