The brain endocast of Little Foot showed the Australopithecus had a combination of ape-like and human-like features. It also suggested brain lateralization evolved early in the primate lineage.
Ancient December 26, 2018
A 3.6 million-year-old skeleton belonging to an early human ancestor was unveiled in South Africa. The fossil belonged to Little Foot, a young female.
Ancient December 7, 2017
Footprints were left behind by members of the Australopithecus afarensis species in an archeological site in Tanzania. How did the tracks hint that Lucy's kind was polygynous?
Ancient December 15, 2016
The human ancestor Lucy the Australopithecus climbed trees regularly, scans of her arm and thigh bones revealed. Why did the creature climb trees frequently despite an ability to walk upright?
Ancient December 1, 2016
Early humans may have survived on a woodland diet of nuts and tree bark, but it doesn't mean that they found it easy to do so. A new study revealed that some early hominids would have dislocated their jaws when eating hard food.
Animals February 9, 2016
New research shows that chimps rotate their torsos as much as humans. That means early hominids did, too.
October 7, 2015
The scientific community is abuzz with the news of the discovery of not one, but fifteen skeletons of an ancient human species that has never been described before. Here’s what scientists know -- and just as importantly, don’t know -- so far about where the species fits into our extended human family.
September 10, 2015
The famous skeleton of Lucy, a 3.2-million-year-old human ancestor, includes a bone that shouldn't be there, researchers say. Although of the right age, the vertebra bone is likely that of a baboon and not part of Lucy at all, they say.
Animals April 13, 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
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
Australopithecus evolved a flatter face in males, due to the development of the use of fists during fights.
Animals June 11, 2014
Scientists have announced the probable age of the Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot. The latest dating procedure was conducted 13 years after the excavation process began.
Animals March 18, 2014