Amazonian Secrets
Amazonian Secrets
Watch researchers travel to a cave deep in the Amazon to search for clues about the first humans to populate the Americas.
Amazonian Secrets
Amazonian Secrets

Watch researchers travel to a cave deep in the Amazon to search for clues about the first humans to populate the Americas.

Watch researchers travel to a cave deep in the Amazon to search for clues about the first humans to populate the Americas.

paleoanthropology
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.