Experts concluded that early humans with autistic trait led an art revolution during the Ice Age. Their ability to focus on detail, an aptitude attributed to people with autism, also helped them create complex hunting tools for their survival.
Ancient May 16, 2018
A team of geneticists from the Max Planck Institute in Germany genetically altered human stem cells by combining them with Neanderthal DNA. The team hoped to grow miniature brains from these engineered human stem cells.
Ancient May 14, 2018
Scientists recently discovered the fossilized skeleton of a rhinoceros in the Philippines from 700,000 years ago. It is likely that early humans were on the island at that time.
Ancient May 2, 2018
Neanderthal DNA from a femur offers scientists proof that a small human group left Africa and disappeared long before the ancient human migration that spearheaded modern human population. Learn more about the new piece of the puzzle.
Ancient July 5, 2017
A dental plaque from the molars of a 1.2 million-year old hominin in Spain revealed that the earliest human species in Europe did not use fire to cook their food. What did they eat?
Ancient December 16, 2016
It all ended for Lucy after a tree fall. An analysis of the early human ancestor’s bones revealed that falling off a tree caused her death.
Ancient August 30, 2016
How did the first Americans migrate to North America? A prominent theory suggests that prehistoric humans used an ice-free corridor to travel. However, the findings of a new study may refute this theory.
Ancient August 10, 2016
Ancient hominids were likely eaten by large carnivores in Morocco, a new fossil analysis shows. It turns out our human ancestors were also dining on hyena in return.
Animals April 28, 2016
Sexually-transmitted diseases may have driven early humans to adopt monogamy, according to a new study. Why would this adaption come about during the rise of agriculture?
Animals April 12, 2016
Our prehistoric ancestors had a rough start. A reconstructed African landscape revealed that even early humans experienced a stressful life, a study has found.
Earth/Environment March 11, 2016
Researchers from Harvard University found that the ability of early humans to prepare their food well allowed them to develop the necessary facial and dental structure for speech production. In the absence of cooking techniques, even as simple as slicing or chopping raw meat made it easier for our ancestors to chew.
March 10, 2016
A new study found that Aboriginal Australians were in isolation for 50,000 years. The new DNA sequencing study disprove previous ones that suggested a mixing of Aboriginal Australian groups with Indian populations.
Animals February 27, 2016
Scientists found that early humans contributed to the eventual demise of an ancient big bird by cooking and eating their eggs. The so-called "big bird" Genyornis newtoni lived across Australia 50,000 years ago.
Earth/Environment January 30, 2016
Neolithic humans constructed megalithic tombs as collective burial sites. Now, a new study in Spain created an extensive picture of what the Neolithic community may have been in life and in death.
Animals January 22, 2016
An ancient migration out of Africa has left a lot of questions - such as which path was taken by our ancestors. New research may have just answered that question.
May 31, 2015
Genetic studies of modern African populations suggest early humans moved through Egypt on their way north into Europe and Asia. DNA offers clues to the genetic history of all Eurasians, researchers say.
May 28, 2015
Fossil evidence from Sri Lanka shows early humans conquered the many challenges of living in rainforests as long ago as 20,000 years, scientists say. That's some 12,000 years earlier than previously believed, they say.
March 13, 2015
An ancient human from 9,000 years ago may have been a powerful hunter with a surprising heritage, according to a new book.
August 27, 2014
Snails were eaten in Spain 10,000 years earlier than anywhere else in Europe - but why?
Animals August 23, 2014
A human ancestor from 100,000 years ago possessed an inner ear structure thought to be exclusive to Neanderthals. What does that tell us about early human migrations?
Animals July 9, 2014
A new study indicates that Neanderthals may have been just as smart as modern humans. The new research sheds new light on the possible capabilities of neanderthals.
May 5, 2014
Scientists have finally figured out how farmers overtook their hunter-gatherer brethren in the early days of humanity. New research indicates how early humans transitioned to an agricultural society.
April 25, 2014