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
During a family hike, then 9-year-old Jude Sparks stumbled on an Ice Age fossil by accident: a stegomastodon skull. Learn about how the family helped identify the ancient remains, now excavated and being studied.
Ancient July 20, 2017
In a new development, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero said his proposed head transplant operation will be on a Chinese national and not on a Russian patient. According to the surgeon, China offers many favorable factors for the operation.
Neuroscience May 2, 2017
A skull of a giant bear that walked in the ancient lands of Alaska 1,300 years ago was discovered in 2014. What does the cranium tell about the creature?
Animals March 26, 2017
A 400,000-year-old skull belonging to an archaic member of the genus Homo was found in the Aroeira cave in Portugal. It has some features of Neanderthals and may hold clue to the ancestry of modern humans's closest extinct relative.
Ancient March 16, 2017
In Chennai in India, doctors have successfully removed a live cockroach from a woman’s skull. The patient says she felt a weird, itchy sensation around her nose and eyes, prompting her to seek medical help.
Medicine February 7, 2017
The large body and rapid growth of theropods may have something to do with their ornamented heads. Researchers found that dinosaurs with horns, knobs and crests in their head tend to grow faster.
Animals September 28, 2016
Well-preserved fossil remains of a 13,000-year-old mammoth found at Channel Islands National Park are leaving scientists puzzled. The size of the skull neither fits a pygmy nor a Columbian mammoth.
Animals September 18, 2016
A software developer from Texas received the first skull and scalp transplant before receiving life-saving pancreas and kidney transplants. The patient has a rare form of cancer that affected the muscles under his scalp.
LIFE June 5, 2015
A skull thought to be from the battle of Gettysburg is from a Native American who lived around 700 years old, according to analysis. What happened?
February 6, 2015
Whales literally use their head to process sounds, using the bones in their skull to amplify vibrations. With a better understanding of how they can hear, researchers can gain insight on how whales communicate with each other.
January 31, 2015
The 55,000 year-old Manot skull that was discovered in a cave in western Galilee in Israel is giving hints as to when and where the interbreeding between humans and the Neanderthals occurred.
Animals January 29, 2015
Shane Haley died just hours after being born with a fatal condition. Before his birth, his parents brought him on several journeys, in order to live life before it began - and ended.
Society October 9, 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
Stephen Power suffered a serious motorcycle accident, leaving him with broken cheekbones, a broken nose, and broken jaw, as well as fractures throughout his skull. Thanks to pioneering 3D printing technology, however, his face and skull have now been rebuilt.
LIFE March 13, 2014