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5,700-Year-Old Lola, Her Genome Sequenced from Gum, Joins Other Named Forebears

December 30, 2019

About 5,700 years ago in southern Denmark, a woman enjoyed a meal of hazelnuts and duck, then chewed…
New study identifies last known occurrence of extinct human ancestor

December 19, 2019

Scientists have identified the last known members of an extinct species of early humans known as Homo erectus, the first…
Origin story: Rewriting human history through our DNA

December 19, 2019

For most of our evolutionary history — for most of the time anatomically modern humans have been on…
Deadly human diseases may have killed off the Neanderthals

November 21, 2019

For tens of thousands of years, modern humans and Neanderthals lived side-by-side in the region where Africa meets…
Study finds new human ancestor, earliest evidence of walking on two legs

November 11, 2019

Our upright posture may have originated in a common ancestor of humans and great apes who lived in…
Neanderthals - artist's impression. Image credit: 12019 via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain
Scientists link Neanderthal extinction to human diseases

November 11, 2019

Growing up in Israel, Gili Greenbaum would give tours of local caves once inhabited by Neanderthals and wonder…
Study Reveals That Humans Migrated from Europe to the Levant 40,000 Years Ago

November 7, 2019

Who exactly were the Aurignacians, who lived in the Levant 40,000 years ago? Researchers from Tel Aviv University, the…
Rewriting history: Scientists find evidence that early humans moved through the Mediterranean much earlier than believed

October 25, 2019

An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that…
Did an Ancient Supernova Force Humans to Walk Upright?

October 24, 2019

A new study hints at a possible fascinating twist in human evolution. Did a chain of cosmic events…
Did archaic genetic variants help Melanesians adapt?

October 23, 2019

Compared with other world groups, the DNA of Melanesian populations carries some of the largest percentage of ancestry…
A secret in our saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes

October 18, 2019

Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great…
New method reveals how differences in the genetic “instruction booklet” between humans and Neanderthals influenced traits

October 8, 2019

When it comes to our differences from Neanderthals, most of what we know comes from comparing fossils. But…
Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today

October 8, 2019

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must first piece together the details of the…
Extinct human species gave modern humans an immunity boost

September 25, 2019

Findings from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research show modern humans acquired a gene variant from Denisovans that…
3.8-million-year-old fossil cranium unveils more about human ancestry

September 2, 2019

In 2016, researchers working in the Afar region of Ethiopia, some 35 miles away from Hadar, the region…
New findings shed light on origin of upright walking in human ancestors

March 7, 2019

The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs,…
Chimpanzee Brain Organoids Hint at Secrets of Human Evolution

February 18, 2019

At some point during human evolution, a handful of genetic changes triggered a dramatic threefold expansion of the…
South African skeleton shows we learnt to walk upright in the trees

December 18, 2018

The analysis of the world’s most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor, conducted by a research collaboration…
Dating the ‘Cradle’: New timeline sheds light on early human history

November 30, 2018

Drastic climate changes shaped the timeline for rich deposits of early human ancestor fossils found in a network…
Ancient DNA analysis unlocks secrets of Ice Age tribes in the Americas

November 13, 2018

Scientists have sequenced 15 ancient genomes spanning from Alaska to Patagonia and were able to track the movements…
Modern humans inherited viral defenses from Neanderthals, Stanford scientists find

October 10, 2018

Neanderthals mysteriously disappeared about 40,000 years ago, but before vanishing they interbred with another human species that was…
Why sometimes we jump during our sleep, have a sensation of falling and wake up scared?

August 31, 2018

Pretty much everyone has experienced this bizarre phenomenon. You are sleeping peacefully, trying to rest before another day…
Getting to the roots of our ancient cousins’ diet

August 30, 2018

Ever since the discovery of the fossil remains of Australopithecus africanus from Taung nearly a century ago, and subsequent discoveries…
Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct ‘hobbits’

August 8, 2018

It’s a simple question that took years to answer. As no one has been able to recover DNA…
Bread is much older than agriculture and may be a driving factor rather than the result

July 21, 2018

Humans started their agricultural practices around 10 thousand years ago. Growing food in the same place was very…
Humans Evolved Large Brains due to Ecological, Rather than Social Factors, New Research Finds

May 27, 2018

Similar to our primate cousins, we humans have unusually large and evolutionarily costly brains which consume as much…
People from Northern Europe have specific gene variations allowing them to survive the cold

May 16, 2018

Our environment shaped our bodies – that is basically how evolution works. Only those who are fitting in…
Human evolution still at work – scientists discovered signature of negative selection in human genome

April 18, 2018

We often learn about human evolution as something that happened. But who said that evolution is a completed…
Eyebrows could have been our main competitive advantage against other species, but why?

April 12, 2018

You probably already know the function of your eyebrows – they divert sweat and raindrops away from your…
Why humans have big protruding noses, even though our sense of smell is pretty bad?

April 3, 2018

Have you ever noticed that our noses are quite big? Humans don‘t have a particularly strong sense of…
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