Tag: human evolution

Humans Evolving Bone Spikes At The Back Of The Head Because Of Smartphones

Are humans evolving as we speak because of using smartphones too much? Evidently, humans are growing a bony spike on their heads because of it.

Feature | Science June 16, 2019

Chimpanzees Spotted Fishing For Crabs May Hold Clues About Human Evolution

A new study from Kyoto University described how mother and child chimpanzees in West Africa engage in freshwater crab-fishing. Researchers believe such behavior can help explain how ancient humans picked up the crabbing skill themselves.

Animals May 30, 2019

Ancient Supernova May Have Led Humans To Walk On Two Legs

A new study suggests that an explosion of stars in the Milky Way may have spurred early humans to learn how to walk upright. The cosmic event caused a chain reaction on Earth that drastically transformed the environment.

Space May 29, 2019

First Humans On Mars Will Evolve Into An Entirely New Species Quickly, Says Evolutionary Biologist

Humans to Mars appears inevitable, but evolutionary biologist Scott Solomon is interested in what happens to the species once we get there. Among the changes he expects in Martian humans include near-sightedness, stronger bones, and loss of the immune system.

Space May 21, 2019

Discovery Of Homo Luzonensis In Philippine Cave Suggests Many Human Species Lived Side By Side In The Past

Early humans lived in a world much different from modern Earth. With the new human species discovered in the Philippines, scientists are more convinced than ever that the human evolutionary tree is much messier than previously believed.

Ancient April 15, 2019

Scientists Probe Mystery Of Neanderthal Brain By Growing A Miniature Version Of It

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

Bajau Sea Nomads Evolved Bigger Spleen To Dive Deeper, Longer: Other Proof That Humans Are Evolving

The diving ability of the Bajaus is a genetic adaptation, having larger spleens allows them to hold their breath longer underwater. Here are other groups of people who evolved to adapt to their surroundings and lifestyle.

Feature | Health April 20, 2018

Dopamine Is The Reason Why Humans Are So Unique From Other Animals

For years, scientists have asked the same question over and over. What makes the human brain so different from other species on Earth? Well, perhaps it’s dopamine.

Neuroscience November 24, 2017

Early Humans Formed Social Networks To Avoid Inbreeding

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

Mars Colony May Lead To Evolution Of New Human Species

The environment on Mars may cause human colonists to go through evolutionary changes that can lead to the creation of new human species. How will the future generations of Mars colonists look like?

Space June 8, 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

A Controversial Study Suggests New Origin For Humanity

Most researchers believe that humanity's origins lie in Africa. However, a new study argues otherwise.

Ancient May 23, 2017

New Technique For Recovering Ancient DNA Without Bones May Shed Light On Human Evolution

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

100,000-Year-Old Human Skulls Found In China Present Mosaic Of Features, Hint At Intermixing

Fossils offer insights into the past. Human skulls believed to be 100,000 years old discovered in China are offering anything but a straightforward look at how evolution occurred in Eurasia.

Ancient March 3, 2017

Humans Settled, Developed Sophisticated Tools In Australia’s Arid Interior 10,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

A new study found proof of people settling down in Australia as many as 10,000 years before previously thought. The analysis of the objects found revealed some surprising facts about early Aboriginal culture.

Ancient November 4, 2016

Why Was 'Pokémon GO' So Popular? Researchers Attribute It To People Unleashing Their Inner Hunters

A new case study by researcher Vladimir Dinets explained the inner hunter as a primary cause for the success of 'Pokémon GO.' The researcher said that the mobile game drives people to exercise their evolutionary instincts.

Life & Style October 4, 2016

What Are The Mysterious Neanderthal Cave Rings?

Neanderthals may have been far more sophisticated than previously believed. What do we know about a mysterious underground structure created by members of that species 176,000 years ago?

Ancient May 25, 2016

Four Genes Shape Human Noses, Researchers Discover

Noses of people worldwide are shaped by four genes, researchers have discovered. How can this discovery be used to unwrap mysteries in history as well as crime scenes?

May 20, 2016

Had There Been No Global Cooling, Primate Evolution Could Have Continued In Asia: Study

Although primates evolved into humans, apes and monkeys in Africa, they first emerged in Asia. A new study suggests that had there been no global cooling, primates could have continued to evolve in Asia instead of Africa.

Ancient May 6, 2016

Primates Stressed Out By Climate Change Altered Human History

Global cooling tens of millions of years ago led to a radical change in populations of primates. These changes may have also altered the course of human evolution.

Animals May 6, 2016

Big Brains In Humans May Be Result Of High Metabolism

Human beings have larger brains than other primates, and we also live longer and have more children. This may be due to our higher metabolisms, new research reveals.

Animals May 4, 2016

Genetic Incompatibilities Kept Lineage Of Modern Humans And Neanderthals Apart

Despite overlapping DNA, modern humans and Neanderthals are genetically distinct from each other because of a missing chromosome. The genetic differences may have discouraged interbreeding between both groups.

Animals April 10, 2016

Virus-Fighting Protein In Primates May Have Sped Up Evolution

Researchers found that a virus-fighting protein may have helped speed up evolution. Evolution has always been known as a gradual process but the findings of the new study suggest otherwise.

Animals April 9, 2016

Did Exploding Supernova Alter The Course Of Human Evolution?

Supernovae that took place millions of years ago may have altered the course of human evolution. What do we know about these explosive events in the outer cosmic neighborhood?

Space April 6, 2016

Human Sacrifice May Have Helped Shape Complex Societies

The ritual of human sacrifice may have helped promote complex and highly-stratified societies, a new study revealed. What's more, the notion of a divine authority may have been exploited for this very purpose.

Society April 5, 2016

Homo Floresiensis: A Profile Of The Extinct 'Hobbits' Of Indonesia

An international team of researchers is exploring the possibility that Homo sapiens may have played a factor in the demise of a group of ancient hominins known as Homo floresiensis. Experts believe the ancestors of modern man may have lived in the same region of Indonesia as the hobbits.

March 31, 2016

Your Nose Is A Bad Air Conditioner And A New Study Tries To Answer Why Humans Have Protruding Noses

Do you ever wonder how evolution affects the way our nose works? A Japanese research looked into that and revealed we don't do so well compared to our primate relatives.

Life March 26, 2016

Video Reveals Proof Of Evolution You Can Find On Your Body

Believe it or not, you possess body parts and mechanisms that are remnants of evolution. These parts are present in your body not because you need them, but because our animal ancestors did, experts said.

Animals March 22, 2016

People With Fewer Friends Tend To Be Intelligent: Study

A new study revealed that people with high IQ tended to spend less time with close friends and had difficulties in engaging in social interaction. Evolutionary psychologists link it to our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

Society March 22, 2016

Genome Study Reveals Modern Human Ancestors Interbred With Neanderthals And Another Extinct Line Of Humans

A new genome study revealed that our modern human ancestors have interbred not only with Neanderthals, but also with another extinct line of humans called Denisovans. The DNA of both species still lives on up to the present time.

Animals March 18, 2016

How Food Processing Helped You Learn How To Talk

Researchers from Harvard University found that the ability of early humans to prepare their food well allowed them to develop the necessary facial and dental structure for speech production. In the absence of cooking techniques, even as simple as slicing or chopping raw meat made it easier for our ancestors to chew.

March 10, 2016

Slicing And Eating Meat Helped Shape Course Of Human Evolution

Human evolution has have been shaped by the consumption of meat. How could this correlate with modern language?

March 9, 2016

Scientists Unveil History Of Ancient Viruses That Existed 30 Million Years Ago

Our DNA contains remnants of ancient viruses called endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) which attacked our prehistoric ancestors. But when and how did they begin to spread?

Animals March 9, 2016

Ancient Viruses In Our DNA Boost Immune System, Help Us Fight Infections

Our DNA is embedded with ancient viruses that targeted our ancestors millions of years ago. Researchers at the University of Utah explained that this specific genetic code actually boosts our immune system.

Life March 4, 2016

Fossil Analysis Reveals Humans Split From Primates 2 Million Years Earlier Than Thought

Humans may have split from the great ape family lineage 2 million years earlier than what was previously thought, a new study revealed. Researchers analyzed the teeth fossils of a common ancestor of apes and humans.

February 19, 2016

Neanderthals May Have Interbred With Humans 50,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Believed

Analysis of DNA samples shows that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. The discovery may signal new information about the migration patterns that occurred during that time.

Animals February 17, 2016

Belief In All-Knowing, Punitive Gods Tied To Development Of Modern-Day Societies

The belief in omniscient, punitive and moralistic gods may have played a key role in the formation of modern-day societies. Sharing religious beliefs and practices brings together individuals to form a social system.

Society February 11, 2016

Early Human Ancestor Did Not Have Jaw, Tooth Structure Fit For Hard Food Diet

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

Climate Change Effect On Humans: We May Evolve To Have Webbed Feet, Translucent Eyelids To Adapt To Sea Level Rise

Is it possible for future humans to develop webbed feet and translucent eyelids or even lose all of our teeth? Climate change may be a factor as a paleoanthropologist in the United Kingdom says that given the right conditions, these things are theoretically feasible.

Earth/Environment January 14, 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

Homo Naledi May Be About Two Million Years Old

A new report revealed that the pre-historic human species Homo naledi may be about two million years old. Paleoanthropologist Francis Thackeray developed a mathematical method to obtain the age of the human species.

Animals November 28, 2015

Betrayal Of Trust Behind Spread Of Early Humans Around The World

A new University of York study suggested that what motivated the rapid dispersal of early human populations around the world were not the changes in the environment, but the betrayal of trust. Human emotional bonds became vital in order to survive, an expert said.

Animals November 26, 2015

Denisovans Were More Genetically Diverse Than Neanderthals, DNA From Tooth Fossil Reveals

Researchers found that an extinct race of human species may have lived in Siberia's Altai mountains. Known as Denisovans, their DNA suggests that they are genetically more diverse than the Neanderthals.

Animals November 17, 2015

New Fossil Find Challenges Assumptions About Evolution Of All Great Apes - That's Humans Too

The common ancestor of modern-day great apes - which included us - may have been a smaller creature than previously believed, researchers say. The tiny creature may have weighed just 10 pounds.

Animals October 29, 2015

Ancient Teeth Show 'Out-Of-Africa' Humans Arrived In China Before They Got To Europe

The finding may be reason to re-examine the accepted date for modern humans' migration out of Africa. It may also help explain why Homo sapiens took so long to reach Europe, researchers say.

October 15, 2015

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