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Using material extracted from a fossilized thigh bone found in Siberia, scientists have reconstructed the genetic map of a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.
Paintings found on limestone cave walls in Indonesia may date back at least 40,000 years, as long as the earliest art found in caves in Western Europe.
In a new study, researchers claim that Neanderthals and humans may have lived alongside each other in Europe for as many as 5,000 years.
A new study argues that humanity’s development of tools, art and culture may have coincided with lower levels of testosterone and a more feminine skull shape.
In two new studies, scientists analyzed teeth extracted from ancient skeletons in order to learn more about one of our most enduring health problems: cavities.
Ongoing research on two 2,000-year-old corpses preserved in the peat bogs of Denmark reveals that they both traveled from elsewhere before their deaths.
After analyzing fossil evidence, a group of anthropologists now suggest that human evolution may have been even more complicated than we thought.
New research indicates that tuberculosis bacteria originated with early humans some 70,000 years ago, before they migrated from their African homeland.
Neanderthals’ fate was sealed when they passed on a rabbit-rich diet, according to new research.
A new study has cast doubt on a popular theory that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals once co-existed in Europe.
Common ancestry, rather than interbreeding, could account for genetic similarities between humans and Neanderthals.