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Category: Early Humans

Maba Cranium

Was Victim of Earliest Known Human-on-Human Attack Saved By Compassion?

The earliest known case of interpersonal violence left one man with a traumatic head injury 126,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Ochre Toolkits

100,000-Year-Old Paint Mixing Kits Found

A recent discovery suggests that early humans engaged in sophisticated behaviors such as making paint earlier than previously thought.

Australopithecus sediba

Meet Your New Ancestor: Slideshow

Check out images of Australopithecus sediba, which researchers think may be the intermediary species that spawned the Homo genus.

Acheulian hand axes

Human Ancestors Crafted Advanced Tools Earlier Than Thought

Early humans made sophisticated stone tools like hand axes 1.8 million years ago, a cache of artifacts from Kenya suggests.


Introducing Your Inner Neanderthal

As evidence grows that many people may be part Neanderthal, get the facts on humans’ newfound ancestors.


Earliest American Art Found in Florida?

A Florida fossil hunter may have found the earliest example of American art: a 13,000-year-old bone with an engraving of a mammoth or mastodon.

Australopithecus africanus

She’s Leaving Home: Our Female Ancestors’ Wanderlust

Early human males were homebodies who barely strayed from their native caves, while females traveled far to find their mates, according to a new study.


Did Early Humans Stand Upright to Punch Better?

The competitive advantage of striking from above explains why humans walk on two feet and why women prefer taller men, a new study suggests.


Did Homo Erectus Craft Complex Tools and Weapons?

Homo erectus groups in China 700,000 years ago weathered the cold by making spears and tools, a new study suggests.


This Year in History: 2010

As 2011 prepares to make its arrival, we take a look at some of the most exciting and consequential stories from this year in history.