CATEGORY: Early Humans
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

Discovery of Oldest Human Fossil Fills Evolutionary Gap
March 11, 2015

A newly unearthed fossil from Ethiopia is altering the timeline of human evolution, pushing it back by nearly a half-million years. Read More

Scientists Say Language May Have Evolved to Help Toolmakers
January 14, 2015

In a new study, researchers suggest our ancestors may have developed language in order to make the tools necessary for their survival. Read More

Famed “Lucy” Fossils Discovered in Ethiopia, 40 Years Ago
November 24, 2014

On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.” Read More

Archaeologists Uncover 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints in Denmark
November 13, 2014

Scientists excavating a site on the Danish island of Lolland recently uncovered two sets of footprints that they believe were made by Stone Age fishermen. Read More

Scientists Reconstruct 45,000-Year-Old Human Genome
October 23, 2014

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. Read More

Indonesian Cave Paintings May Be Among World’s Oldest Art
October 9, 2014

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. Read More