Researchers explored several factors that may have driven the Neanderthals to extinction. Computer models suggest the extinct human relative disappeared due to a slight drop in the fertility rates of young Neanderthal women.
Ancient May 30, 2019
Neanderthals are already distant relations of modern humans, but new evidence indicates they're even more distant than previously believed. Dental analysis places the ancient hominin's divergence from our lineage not later than 800,000 years ago.
Ancient May 16, 2019
Scientists discover that two completely different species can evolve and develop the same genetic characteristics. In a landmark study, Neanderthals and woolly mammoths are found to be very similar to each other.
Ancient April 10, 2019
A new study in France has revealed that Neanderthals were driven to eat each other due to abrupt climate change during the interglacial period. How did that happen?
Ancient March 30, 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
Virtual reconstruction of the skeleton of an elderly male Neanderthal found in La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France sheds light on how this extinct species of human relative walked. They walked upright with a posture similar to modern humans.
Ancient March 2, 2019
Using compound-specific isotope analyses, researchers found evidence suggesting the Neanderthals consumed fresh meat as their main food source. Researchers said they likely consumed vegetarian animals.
Ancient February 20, 2019
Two new studies shed light on when the Neanderthals and the Denisovans occupied the Denisova cave in Siberia. Evidence suggests the two species shared the space for thousands of years.
Ancient January 31, 2019
In a study that involved javelin athletes throwing Schöningen spear replicas, researchers found the Neanderthals could hit and kill their prey at a distance. It was earlier thought these early humans could only hunt at close range.
Ancient January 26, 2019
Deep learning algorithm identified the genome of a human ancestor that would have been a hybrid of the Neanderthals and Denisovans. This species is not known to modern science.
Ancient January 19, 2019
Researchers found two Neanderthal gene variants with a subtle effect on the skull shape of modern humans. Does having more Neanderthal DNA make people more likely to have an elongated head?
Feature | Science December 14, 2018
Siberian unicorns existed around the time modern humans made it to Eurasia. Scientists revealed that the changes in the environment were to be blamed for the rhinos' extinction.
Ancient November 28, 2018
While other scientists had thought that interbreeding between primitive humans and Neanderthals only happened once, a new study said otherwise. Researchers explained that about 75,000 years ago, the two species interbred several times.
Ancient November 27, 2018
What kind of 'gift' did the Neanderthals leave humans when they interbred thousands of years ago? According to new study, the Neanderthals shared their precious virus defenses with modern humans.
Ancient October 5, 2018
Scientists believe that they have found the answer to the mystery of the sudden extinction of Neanderthals 40,000 years ago. Stalagmite layers revealed that Europe experienced cold and dry climate that might have wiped off Neanderthal populations.
Ancient September 1, 2018
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 Neanderthals were able to produce their own fire. Researchers found microscopic wear on prehistoric stone tools that are produced by a type of rock-striking to produce sparks.
Ancient July 21, 2018
Researchers have discovered that Neanderthals were actually intelligent by the way they hunted their prey. The researchers found the bones of prehistoric deers in Eastern Germany that had cut marks on them.
Public Health 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
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 team of geneticists from the Max Planck Institute in Germany genetically altered human stem cells by combining them with Neanderthal DNA. The team hoped to grow miniature brains from these engineered human stem cells.
Ancient May 14, 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
New research has revealed that the shape of Neanderthals' skulls allowed them to survive in cold weather. This feature also enabled them to take in more air.
Ancient April 8, 2018
The Scholz´s star flew by the Solar System and moved comets and asteroids off of orbits 70,000 years ago. The Neanderthals and early humans who looked up the night sky may have seen it as a faint reddish light.
Space March 24, 2018
Five new ancient genomes of Neanderthal tribes have been sequenced, giving scientists a new picture of their final days. It could also show more Neanderthal DNA in humans.
Ancient March 23, 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 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
New discoveries show modern humans have likely dispersed into the Asian continent 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers said that the "Out of Africa" human migration theory may need to be revised.
Ancient December 11, 2017
The slow migration of humans from Africa to Europe brought about the eventual doom of Neanderthals, according to a new study. Moreover, the research suggests that Neanderthals would have become extinct irrespective of humans' evolutionary advantage or climate change.
Ancient November 2, 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
Neanderthal DNA from a femur offers scientists proof that a small human group left Africa and disappeared long before the ancient human migration that spearheaded modern human population. Learn more about the new piece of the puzzle.
Ancient July 5, 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
The DNA of extinct human relatives have been found in cave mud along with the DNA of animals. How does the technique for finding the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans without skeletons work?
Ancient April 28, 2017
A calorie-counting guide for cannibals shows that human calories, compared with those of bigger animals, are likely not worth the trouble. So why did humans in the Paleolithic period practice cannibalism after all?
Ancient April 6, 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
Scientists have found new information on Neanderthals' diet and behavior by studying fossilized dental plaque. Evidence suggests that some Neanderthals lived on a more vegetarian diet.
March 10, 2017
DNA from dental plaque suggests the Neanderthals may have had knowledge about medicines. The prehistoric humans may have self-medicated using medicinal plants that produce painkiller and antibiotic substances.
Medicine March 9, 2017
Neanderthals are believed to have died out 40,000 years ago. Yet through their Neanderthal DNA, they still have a say in the health and appearance of modern humans, reminds a new study.
Ancient February 25, 2017
Bones that were discovered in a Belgium cave more than 100 years ago offer evidence the Neanderthals were cannibals. Why did our close extinct relatives practice cannibalism?
Ancient January 2, 2017
Modern humans owe several of their strengths such as immunity and skin color to the ancestors’ interbreeding with other human forms such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. This was revealed in a new study.
Ancient November 12, 2016
Melanesians who live in the South Pacific carry genes of an extinct human species. Researchers said the hominid species is not likely Neanderthal or Denisovan.
Ancient October 31, 2016
Schizophrenia, characterized by a reduction in the volume of brain tissue, has long existed. According to researchers, however, the condition did not develop until humans diverged from Neanderthals.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 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