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Category: Evolution

Homo Genus Diversity

Multiple Lines of Early Humans Coexisted in Africa, Study Suggests

Our most direct ancestors weren’t alone 2 million years ago, newly discovered fossils from Kenya indicate.

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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.

Giant Penguins

Giant Prehistoric Penguin Reconstructed

Researchers have reconstructed an extinct penguin that might have been the tallest in history.

Grooming Claw

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.

Saber-Toothed Predators

Powerful Arms Saved Saber-Toothed Killers’ Fearsome Fangs, Study Shows

For prehistoric predators, long fangs and strong arms worked in perfect tandem to seize struggling prey.

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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.

Bipedalism

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.

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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.

Crocodile Eating

Fossil Supports Theory That Mammal Ears Began As Reptile Jaws

A newly discovered fossil of an early mammal offers proof for the widely held belief that mammalian ears evolved from reptilian jaws.