Researchers of a new study found that a gibbon-sized primate was likely the last common ancestor of humans and apes, not a chimpanzee-sized primate. The new research sheds light into the complex human family tree.
Ancient October 15, 2017
Excellently preserved skeletal remains were found by divers in an underwater cave in the Yucatan Peninsula. Despite difficulties in carbon dating, they found that the remains are likely 11,300 to 13,000 years old.
Ancient September 1, 2017
A lemon-sized skull discovered in Kenya belonged to Nyanzapithecus alesi, an extinct sister group of apes and humans. The fossil revealed that the group was close to the origins of living apes and humans.
Ancient August 10, 2017
The fossils of Graecopithecus freybergi, an ape-like creature that lived more than 7 million years ago, suggest Graecopithecus is actually pre-human and could be humanity’s oldest ancestor. Seen as the missing link, Graecopithecus may have originated in Europe, not Africa.
Ancient May 24, 2017
Homo naledi, our most recently discovered ancient relative, might have lived alongside Homo sapiens and carries a striking similarity to modern humans. Find out how old this human ancestor really is, what it looked like and how it behaved.
Ancient May 11, 2017
Homo floresiensis fossils revealed the tiny hominid didn’t evolve from Homo erectus, as previously believed. The Indonesian ‘hobbit’ is not a malformed version of Homo sapiens either but is in fact related to a much-ancient species.
Ancient April 22, 2017
An ancient bag-like creature that lived during the Cambrian period could be the oldest relative of humans. Saccorhytus coronaries is the most primitive member of deuterostomes.
Animals January 31, 2017
Giant animals which roamed the Earth at the end of the ice age may have met their match from a one-two punch of human hunters and climate change. What was life like during this distant era?
Ancient June 18, 2016
The ancient hobbit people of Indonesia were living on the island of Flores 700,000 years before previously believed. What was the origin of these tiny ancient people?
Ancient June 9, 2016
A serendipitous event in an Irish museum revealed that the first humans arrived in the country much earlier than previously thought. In fact, the timeline is pushed back by 2,500 years.
Animals March 23, 2016
Ancient DNA from 50 million years in the past are used by humans today to fight off disease. How does our immune system utilize this ancient viral genetic code?
March 4, 2016
Frozen mammoth carcass unearthed in the Arctic Circle shows signs of being hunted by humans, researchers say. That put humans in the Arctic much earlier than scientists had thought, they explain.
Animals January 15, 2016
Partial bone found in China has showed very primitive features but has been dated to just 14,000 years ago, researchers said. Study findings suggested at least one species of human ancestor survived until much more recently than previously believed.
Animals December 18, 2015
Hunter-geatherer societies, whether modern or ancient, sleep less than people in industrialized societies do, a study finds. The study challenges the common assumption that stress and activity of modern life has ruined sleep.
LIFE October 15, 2015
The Homo Naledi walked upright on two legs like humans, climbed trees like apes and were capable of using tools. Analyses of the fossilized bones of this ancient human relative offer insights on human evolution.
Animals October 7, 2015
Newly discovered fossils seem to suggest early humans had much better hearing in particular frequencies than chimpanzees, which may have led to the use of certain vocal noises for communication.
Animals September 29, 2015
Researchers look to the evolutionary development in the shoulder in an effort to identify the earliest common ancestor of apes and humans. Changes track our journey down from the trees and our earliest efforts at tool-making, they suggest.
September 9, 2015
A tooth from 560,000 years ago has been discovered in France by a 16-year-old archaeologist. What makes her finding so special?
Animals July 30, 2015
Homo sapiens and Neanderthals interbred 400 centuries ago, a new study reveals. What can this tell us about our ancient ancestors?
June 22, 2015
Researchers sequence ancient genomes to trace mass migrations of Bronze Age peoples. Demographics of modern Eurasians can be traced back to those movements of cultures, they say.
June 11, 2015
Lucy the Australopithecine was not alone in Ethiopia millions of years ago. A newly discovered species of human ancestor was also there at the same time — so how did they get along?
May 27, 2015
The oldest microbial ancestor of human beings may have been discovered. What makes this microorganism so weird?
May 6, 2015
'Little Foot' is a fossil that has raised several questions since first being unearthed. Now, a group of scientists believes it has discovered her age.
April 2, 2015
The earliest-known fossil in the genus Homo has been found. What do we know so far about this distant human ancestor?
March 4, 2015
Sickle cell anemia, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis may have each provided health benefits to our ancestors, a new study has found. How could this be the case?
Healthy Living/Wellness January 28, 2015
A fossil discovered in waters off Taiwan could represent a previously-unknown species of human ancestor or relative. What do we know about this mysterious find?
January 28, 2015
By studying the hand bones of the Australopithecus africanus, researchers found that these ape-like human ancestors had human-like hands capable of using stone tools.
Animals January 23, 2015
Research yet again shows the detriments of a sedentary lifestyle. A study spotlights the change in bone structure as coinciding with a shift in the lifestyles of human ancestors.
LIFE December 24, 2014
Geometric engravings carved by a Homo erectus on a 430-year-old mollusk shell could be the world's oldest artwork. The discovery shows that the ancestors of modern-day humans are possibly smarter than previously thought.
Animals December 6, 2014
The oldest-known artwork, the first seen from Homo erectus, was analyzed, revealing how the etching was created.
December 3, 2014
Denisovans, ancient human ancestors, were likely the source of an unusual gene allowing Tibetans to live at extremely high altitudes.
July 2, 2014
Vegetables, as well as meats, may have been an important part of Neanderthal diet, a new study reveals.
Animals June 27, 2014