CATEGORY: Early Humans
Ancient DNA Tells Story of Native American Devastation
April 7, 2016

By analyzing the DNA of the earliest Americans, a new study confirms the devastating impact of European contact on the indigenous peoples of the New World. Read More

Evidence of Prehistoric Massacre Could Extend Warfare Timeline
January 22, 2016

Newly discovered evidence of an ancient massacre of African hunter-gatherers suggests the history of warfare may be older than previously thought. Read More

The Iceman’s Stomach Bug Helps Scientists Map Ancient Human Migration
January 11, 2016

Scientists discovered the common pathogen Helicobacter pylori inside the stomach of Ötzi, the 5,300-year-old “Iceman” whose naturally mummified body turned up in the Alps in 1991. Read More

Scientists Recreate Skull of Human-Neanderthal Ancestor
December 21, 2015

Researchers used digital techniques to build a 3D model of the skull of the last common ancestor shared by modern humans and Neanderthals. Read More

DNA in Tooth Yields New Insight Into Ancient Human Cousin
November 18, 2015

DNA analysis of a single fossilized tooth found in a Siberian cave has given scientists new insight into a recently discovered hominid group, known as the Denisovans. Read More

Ancient Chinese Teeth Challenge Human Migration Timeline
October 16, 2015

A set of 47 fossilized teeth discovered in a Chinese cave suggests modern humans migrated from Africa at least 20,000 years earlier than previously thought. Read More

Early Human-Like Species Discovered in South Africa
September 10, 2015

Homo naledi, a strange new hominid creature with a mix of modern and primitive features, may shake up the evolutionary family tree—thanks to an accidental discovery and some social media outreach. Read More

Iron Age Graves in Britain Yield Hybrid Animals and Human Sacrifice
July 22, 2015

Archaeologists excavating one of the oldest settlements in Britain have discovered the buried remains of bizarre animal hybrids, as well as an apparent human sacrifice. Read More

Newly Discovered Human Ancestor Species May Have Lived Alongside “Lucy”
June 1, 2015

The recently discovered fossils of a 3.5 million-year-old hominin have added a new branch to humanity’s growing family tree. Read More

Was This the First Murder Victim in History?
May 28, 2015

Scientists say a fossilized skull found inside a cave in Spain shows evidence that it belonged to the victim of a homicide—some 430,000 years ago. Read More