Denisovans are a richer, more varied group than scientists previously believed. New research shows that two Denisovan populations existed in Southeast Asia and even mated with modern humans fairly recently.
Ancient April 3, 2019
DNA analysis confirmed the skull piece belonged to a Denisovan. It was found in a cave in Siberia three years ago and represents the fifth Denisovan individual ever found.
Ancient March 4, 2019
Malapa Hominin 1 (male) and Malapa Hominin 2 (female) were found to be from the same hominin species. After a decade of analysis, scientists concluded that the skeletons unearthed in South Africa were both Australopithecus sediba.
Ancient January 19, 2019
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
Scientists absolved human ancestors from the mystery of the disappearance of megaherbivore species in Africa. Instead, the decline of global atmospheric CO2 caused by the expansion of grasslands might have killed many large mammals.
Ancient November 23, 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
Smaller and mobile brows allowed humans to express subtle emotions. Brows capable of a range of movements also play an important role in social communication, which helped humans form networks and survive.
Feature | Science April 11, 2018
The Denisovans and ancient humans interbred at least twice. Here are some of the traits in modern humans that are linked to genes inherited from the extinct hominin species.
Ancient March 17, 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
Scientists have identified the hominin species responsible for passing genital herpes to our ancient human ancestors. Here's how the virus possibly managed to jump the species barriers.
Ancient October 2, 2017
A new study describes the discovery of strikingly human-like 5.7-million-year-old footprints in Greece. Could this be evidence of early humans in Greece or of an unknown human-like primate species?
Ancient September 3, 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
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
A hominin molar found at Sima del Elefante in Spain had fragments of non-edible wood. The evidence suggests of dental hygiene among early humans in Europe.
Ancient December 17, 2016
A dental plaque from the molars of a 1.2 million-year old hominin in Spain revealed that the earliest human species in Europe did not use fire to cook their food. What did they eat?
Ancient December 16, 2016
Stone tools discovered in a former oasis in Jordan have animal residues such as blood. The discovery suggests early humans in Middle East have butchered animals for food.
Ancient August 10, 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 prehistoric stone tool discovered at an ancient site on the Gediz River in Anatolia, Turkey is giving researchers clues on when and how human ancestors arrived in Europe more than one million years ago.
Animals December 29, 2014
Learning how to create fire on purpose to aid man's survival is an important milestone in human history. Now, archaeologists revealed when this happened.
Animals December 15, 2014
A prehistoric hominin could help answer questions about our cousins, the long-lost Neanderthals.
Animals June 19, 2014
New findings show that Adam, humanity's common male ancestor, may have lived 9,000 years earlier than what was previously believed.
Animals January 26, 2014
Scientists have discovered that one of man's ancestors, nicknamed 'Nutcracker Man,' existed on a diet of tiger nuts and fruits.
Animals January 13, 2014