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Category: Early Humans

Tartar on the teeth of an Australopithecus sediba specimen. (Credit: Amanda Henry)

Human Ancestor Ate Leaves, Wood and Bark

Unlike other human ancestors, Australopithecus sediba foraged for tough, hard items like leaves, wood and bark, new research suggests.

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Prehistoric French Artistes Painted Earliest Wall Art

Located in southwest France, a collapsed rock shelter might contain the oldest wall art ever discovered, a new study suggests.

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Eating Meat Allowed Humans to Conquer Globe, Scientists Say

Eating meat may have allowed our ancestors to grow fruitful, multiply and spread across the planet, a new study suggests.

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Human Ancestors Tamed Fire Earlier Than Thought

Campfire remains from a South African cave suggest fire control by early humans dates back 1 million years.

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Did a New Human Species Thrive in Stone Age China?

Human remains with both modern and primitive features have been discovered in Chinese caves and might represent a new evolutionary line.

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Native Americans Hailed From Siberian Highlands, DNA Reveals

Most scholars think that Native Americans’ ancestors trekked across the Bering Strait from Siberia, but aspects of the historic migration remain matters of debate.

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Does Primitive Claw Disqualify So-Called ‘Missing Link’ Candidate?

Researchers found that the toes of a 47-million-year-old primate suggest a transitional phase from nails to claws—or vice versa.

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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.

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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.

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Meet Your New Ancestor: Slideshow

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

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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.

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Introducing Your Inner Neanderthal

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

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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.