A fossil found in Russia proved that Neanderthals and Denisovans had intermingled and interbred tens of thousands of years ago before they went extinct. Neanderthals and Denisovans are the closest relatives of modern humans.
Ancient August 23, 2018
The Amazon rainforest is not so untouched after all. Researchers found that ancient farming communities planted corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops in the rainforest 4,500 years ago.
Earth/Environment July 24, 2018
A dry spell, a drone, and a bit of luck. That is what photographer Anthony Murphy used to discover a massive henge-type monument dating back to the late Neolithic period in northeastern Ireland.
Ancient July 18, 2018
Who were the first humans to arrive in North America thousands of years ago? Certainly not the Clovis people, as new research sheds light on stone toolmakers that lived in Texas 16,000 years ago.
Ancient July 17, 2018
The crumbs of the world’s oldest flat dough resembling the pita bread were found in an oven in a site located in the Black Desert in northeastern Jordan. The discovery suggested ancient people baked even before the peak of agriculture.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 17, 2018
Modern-day Southeast Asians came from at least four ancient ancestors, according to a new study. Ancient DNA analysis showed ancestral diversity in this region is far greater than that of Europe.
Ancient July 9, 2018
The foot of Selam, a 3.3-million-year-old fossil of a toddler unearthed in Ethiopia, revealed that ancient human babies had special toes. Their big toes were curved, allowing them to hold on their mothers' bodies and to climb trees.
Ancient July 5, 2018
Scientists discovered the types of cancer that some ancient Egyptians had. People in ancient Egypt were less likely to get cancer than people living in modern times.
Ancient June 26, 2018
Scientists built a mini version of the Neanderthal brain. By using CRISPR gene editing, stem cells, and ancient DNA, geneticists were able to build a little brain, which resembles that of human’s extinct close cousin.
Ancient June 22, 2018
A study confirmed that child bones found in Montana Clovis burial site were of the same age with other remains unearthed on the location. The place was said to be the only known burial site of the Clovis people.
Ancient June 20, 2018
The homo antecessor, the oldest known human fossil in Europe, lived 1 million years ago. The species is the last known common ancestor of modern men and the Neanderthals.
Ancient June 20, 2018
A sweeping genetic study of the North American lineage revealed that there were two separated ancient populations that reconverged to give rise to the first Americans. The analysis was based on ancient genetic samples acquired from Ontario and California.
Ancient June 4, 2018
New evidence suggested that early humans migrated to America through a 17,000-year-old coastal route found along Alaska’s Pacific Border. This current conclusion clashed with previous theory stating that early humans passed through Siberia to the Americas.
Ancient June 1, 2018
Between 7,000 and 5,000 years ago, there was a bottleneck of the Y chromosome in society. Researchers discovered this by running different computer simulations.
Ancient May 30, 2018
A team of archeologists found ancient human bones in a wetland in Denmark. The finding suggested that barbarian tribes fought among each other in a yet recorded battle that took place in the first century A.D.
Ancient May 22, 2018
New findings emerged that the relatively small brain of Homo naledi had a complex organization. This challenges the theory of ancient human evolution placing Homo sapiens as the ancestor of modern humans.
Ancient May 15, 2018
Scientists have turned to ancient DNA to retrace the history and origins of leprosy. In the biggest study to date, they found that both humans and squirrels may have played a role in the transmission of the disease in Europe.
Ancient May 11, 2018
Researchers found that a variant of the gene TRPM8 may have propagated to the modern-day population because it was significant to early humans in adapting a colder climate. Hence, more people living in higher altitudes at present continued to carry the trait.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 5, 2018
A group of archaeologists, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society, found what they believed could be the largest child sacrifice site in history. The ancient mass grave they found also included skeletal remains of baby llamas.
Ancient April 28, 2018
An analysis of ancient fecal matters revealed what kind of parasitic worms had infected the Northern European and Middle Eastern ancient people. The analysis also revealed the type of food and lifestyle they had during their period.
Ancient April 26, 2018
A study found that ancient New Guinea warriors had obtained their fathers’ thigh bones to make human bone daggers. They also intended to make these daggers stronger to preserve the symbolic prestige the weapons gave them.
Ancient April 25, 2018
Evolutionary anthropologist Dr. David Raichlen found that early humans might have been good walkers. Raichlen looked at the 3.6-million-year-old prints that belonged to genus Australopithecus as a research guide.
Ancient April 23, 2018
A new study shows that the reason there are so few large mammals left today is that ancient humans hunted them to extinction. This also explains why mammals today are much smaller than their predecessors.
Ancient April 20, 2018
A new study revealed that ancient humans mated with the Denisovans not just once. Denisovans are related to the more famous hominids species, the Neanderthals.
Ancient March 16, 2018
Archaeologists recently discovered ancient stone tools in India that date back to 385,000 years ago. They believe the finding could rewrite the history of when early modern humans migrated out of Africa.
Ancient February 2, 2018
DNA taken from a baby unearthed in Alaska provided a glimpse into the origins of the Native Americans. The child was named "sunrise girl-child" by the local indigenous community, an appropriate name as she has shed light into ancient history.
Ancient January 4, 2018
Genome sequencing suggests that the 34,000-year-old remains at the Sunghir site in Russia were from individuals that are second cousins. This suggests that unlike other hominin species, these ancient humans avoided inbreeding.
Ancient October 6, 2017
The skeleton of a 7-year-old Neanderthal child revealed that kids of the extinct human species grew up similar to modern humans. Researchers also noted "subtle differences" in growth and development.
Ancient September 24, 2017
The ancestors of people who now live in Sub-Saharan Africa interbred with a 'ghost' species of hominin, analysis of the saliva protein MUC7 revealed. What is this 'ghost' ancient human species?
Ancient July 22, 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
Archaeologists found ancient human DNA belonging to the Neanderthals and the Denisovans in several caves in Europe, like the Vindija Cave in Croatia. The DNA samples were recovered not from human fossils, but from cave sediments preserving mitochondrial DNA.
Ancient May 1, 2017
A new technique for DNA recovery allows for collecting ancient DNA even without solid bone fragments or fossils. Could this new method shed light into the mystery of human evolution?
Ancient April 29, 2017
Ancient jars that served as tax payment centuries ago have provided scientists clues to the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field. Apparently, fluctuations in the magnetic field is a norm for the planet, not a sign of the apocalypse, researchers said.
Space February 15, 2017
Stanford University students successfully recreated a 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe uncovered by scientists last year. The result was a fruity, cider-like concoction.
Ancient February 9, 2017
Research done by an international team sheds new light on the moment prehistoric humans started processing food. According to the discovery, the pottery dates from 10,000 years back.
Ancient December 24, 2016
President Barack Obama signed a bill on Monday, Dec. 19, authorizing the return of the Kennewick Man's remains to American Indian tribes. The almost 9,000-year-old skeleton will then be reburied by the Native Americans.
Ancient December 20, 2016
A species of ants in the Fiji Islands have been growing and nurturing fruit plants for millions of years, long before ancient humans discovered farming. Researchers point to a profound relationship between these ants and the plants they nurture.
Animals November 25, 2016
Tracking ancient humans is no easy feat but researchers are getting a little bit of help from the Chicxulub impact crater and prehistoric Mayan teeth.
Ancient November 20, 2016
Our ancestors certainly got busy in the past and this 'hanky panky' led not only to gene pool diversification but also to the spread of sexually transmitted infections, giving rise to HPV prevalence today.
Healthy Living/Wellness October 19, 2016
How did ancient humans go on to disperse the population in different regions over thousands of years? A new study seeks to find a possible explanation.
Ancient September 22, 2016
A fossilized bone of a hominin child has evidence of the oldest malignant tumor. The mass, which was found in the metatarsal, is believed to be a form of an aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma.
Feature | Health July 31, 2016
A new study suggests late Neanderthals not only buried their dead, but they also probably butchered and fashioned them into tools as well. The findings raise many questions about the lives of these prehistoric humans.
Ancient July 8, 2016
A flower, a tree, a beetle, an ancient human, an ugly fish and more. Check out this top 10 list of new species of plants and animals and marvel at how much more we have yet to find.
Feature | Science May 24, 2016
Clovis hunters were not the first inhabitants of North America after all, a new find suggests. Humans were butchering mastodons in Florida 15 centuries before their arrival.
Ancient May 14, 2016
Feature | Science