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Skeleton From Cave In Mexico Could Be Oldest Human Remains In Americas

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

Ancient Ape Skull Sheds Light On Common Ancestors Of Humans And Apes

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

7.2-Million-Year-Old Ape In Europe Could Be Human Ancestor

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

Ancient Human Relative Could Have Lived Alongside Homo Sapiens: What We Know About The Homo Naledi So Far

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

Indonesian ‘Hobbit’ Not Related To Modern Humans' Ancestor But Instead Has African Origins: Scientists

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

Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creature Could Be Oldest Human Ancestor

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

Ice Age Giants Fell From Onslaught Of Humans, Climate Change

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

My Precious! Real-Life Hobbits Go Back 700,000 Years

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

This Bear Kneecap Serves As Evidence That Humans Arrived In Ireland 2500 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

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

Viral DNA Could Help Protect Humans From Other Diseases, Study Finds

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

Fossil Find Shows Humans Living In The Arctic Thousands Of Years Earlier Than Was Thought

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

Red Deer Cave Fossil Suggests Ancient Human Ancestor May Have Hung Around Longer Than Thought

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

Don't Blame Modern Life For Lack Of Sleep, Our Ancient Ancestors Didn't Sleep Any Better

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

Homo Naledi Walked, Climbed Trees And Used Tools: What This Reveals About Human Evolution

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

Discovery Of 2 Million-Year-Old Human Fossils Suggests Our Early Hearing Pattern Resembled Chimps'

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

Early Humans' Descent From The Trees Marked In Changes To Shoulders

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

560,000-Year-Old Tooth Discovered In France

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

Humans Bred With Neanderthals In Europe 40,000 Years Ago, Study Shows

Homo sapiens and Neanderthals interbred 400 centuries ago, a new study reveals. What can this tell us about our ancient ancestors?

June 22, 2015

Genetics Yield Clues To Modern Eurasia's Origins During The Bronze Age

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

Newly Discovered Hominid Species Found In Ethiopia Walked Earth With Lucy

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

Lokiarchaeota Could Be Missing Link In Search For Earliest Life And Humans Oldest Microbial Ancestor

The oldest microbial ancestor of human beings may have been discovered. What makes this microorganism so weird?

May 6, 2015

Lucy And 'Little Foot' Co-Existed, Fossil Discovery In South Africa Suggests

'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

Lower Jaw Fossil Tells Us A Lot About Beginning Of Homo Lineage

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

Why Have Some Modern Illnesses Persisted Since Our Ancient Ancestors? Scientists Begin to Understand Genetic Link

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

Fossil Found in Taiwan is Evidence of New Species of Early Humans

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

Surprise! Humans Began Using Tools Earlier Than Previously Thought

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

Lighter Bone, Weaker Skeleton of Modern Humans Due to Sedentary Lifestyle

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

Zigzag Marking Etched on Surface of Half-Million-Year-Old Shell Could be World's Oldest Art

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

Oldest Artwork is with Shark Tooth on Mollusk Shell, Drawn 540,000 Years Ago

The oldest-known artwork, the first seen from Homo erectus, was analyzed, revealing how the etching was created.

December 3, 2014

Tibetans inherited gene for high-altitude living from ancient humans

Denisovans, ancient human ancestors, were likely the source of an unusual gene allowing Tibetans to live at extremely high altitudes.

July 2, 2014

Neanderthal poop suggests early humans loved veggies

Vegetables, as well as meats, may have been an important part of Neanderthal diet, a new study reveals.

Animals June 27, 2014

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