History Stories
CATEGORY: Evolution
You’ll Never Guess What Our Oldest Known Ancestor Looked Like
January 31, 2017

Fossils found in China have given scientists a glimpse of what may be the earliest known human ancestor, a microscopic sea creature that lived some 540 million years ago. 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

Scientists Decode Secrets of 15-Million-Year-Old Monkey Brain
July 7, 2015

When scientists used 3-D computer imaging to examine the 15-million-year-old skull of an ancient Old World monkey, they discovered some intriguing things. Read More

Remembering the Scopes Trial
May 25, 2015

On May 25, 1925, John T. Scopes—the defendant in the famous “Monkey Trial”—was indicted for teaching the theory of evolution in his high school science class. 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

Ability to Digest Alcohol Played Key Role in Human Evolution
December 4, 2014

Researchers have found that human ancestors developed the ability to digest alcohol around 10 million years ago—and it may have been key to their survival. Read More

Lower Testosterone May Have Civilized Humanity, Study Says
August 6, 2014

A new study argues that humanity’s development of tools, art and culture may have coincided with lower levels of testosterone and a more feminine skull shape. Read More

Human Traits May Not Have Evolved All At Once, Scientists Say
July 7, 2014

After analyzing fossil evidence, a group of anthropologists now suggest that human evolution may have been even more complicated than we thought. Read More

Mass Extinction Occurred Much Faster Than Previously Thought
February 20, 2014

Some 252 million years ago, the planet’s largest mass extinction took place in only around 60,000 years -- almost instantaneously, relative to geologic time. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About Charles Darwin
February 12, 2014

In honor of Darwin Day, learn 10 surprising facts about the famed evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. Read More