Palaeoanthropology

Early humans hunted beavers 400,000-years-ago

Researchers suggests that early humans were hunting, skinning, and eating beavers around 400,000-years-ago.

First modern humans in Europe are associated with the Gravettian culture

A study conducted by CNRS has determined who the first modern humans to settle in Europe were.

Archaeologists find 476,000-year-old wooden structure

Archaeologists from the University of Liverpool and Aberystwyth University have discovered a wooden structure dating from at least 476,000-years-ago, the earliest known example to date.

Evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism found in Spanish cave

Archaeologists conducting excavations in the Coves del Toll de Moià have uncovered evidence of Neanderthal cannibalism from more than 52,000-years-ago.

Researchers find oldest known Neanderthal engravings

A study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE has provided evidence to date the age and origin of engravings discovered on a cave wall in France.

2.9-million-year-old butchery site offers window into the dawn of Stone Age technology

According to a new study, our early human ancestors used some of the oldest stone tools ever found to butcher hippos on the shores of Africa’s Lake Victoria, some 2.9-million-years-ago.

The Eye of the Sahara

The Eye of the Sahara, also known as the Richat Structure and the Eye of Africa, is a geological feature in the Sahara Desert’s Adrar Plateau, located in west–central Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

Earliest evidence of humans hunting elephants

A study at the Middle Palaeolithic site of Neumark – Nord, located near Leipzig, Germany, has provided the first indisputable proof of elephant hunting by early humans.

Neanderthals kept animal skulls as hunting trophies

A study by archaeologists and palaeontologists from the National Centre for Human Evolution Research (CENIEH), working in collaboration with the Atapuerca Foundation, have suggested that Neanderthals possessed symbolic capacity and kept animal skulls as hunting trophies with probable "ceremonial" intention.

Archaeologists find 11,000-year-old human remains in British cave

A team of archaeologists from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), have found 11,000-year-old human remains in Heaning Wood Bone Cave, located in Cumbria, England.

50,000-year-old stone tools were made by monkeys

50,000-year-old stone tools found in Pedra Furada, located in the state of Piauí in north-eastern Brazil were made by monkeys.

Humans have been wearing bear skins for at least 300,000 years

A study published in the Journal of Human Evolution, suggests that humans have been wearing bear skins for protection from the weather for at least 300,000 years.

300,000-year-old flakes indicate ancient tool use

300,000 years ago, during the Lower Palaeolithic, prehistoric people living in Lower Saxony, Germany, dropped tiny flint flakes whilst re-sharpening cutting tools.

Who were the Neanderthals and Denisovans?

Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) first roamed Europe and Western Asia nearly 430,000 years ago, until their disappearance around 40,000 years ago, only 5,000 years after the arrival of Homo sapiens (early modern humans).

Britain was recolonised by two distinct populations after last Ice Age

Scientists have obtained the first genetic data from Palaeolithic human individuals in Britain, and the oldest human DNA from the British Isles thus far, indicating that the UK was recolonised by two distinct populations after the last Ice Age.

Ancient genomes of thirteen Neandertals provide a rare snapshot of their community and social organisation

The first Neandertal draft genome was published in 2010. Since then, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have sequenced a further 18 genomes from 14 different archaeological sites throughout Eurasia.

Flint tools found in Tunel Wielki cave have been dated to half a million years ago

Flint tools discovered more than 50 years ago in the Tunel Wielki cave have been dated to half a million years ago.

600,000-year-old evidence of Britain’s early inhabitants

Archaeologists have unearthed 600,000-year-old evidence of Britain’s early inhabitants near Canterbury, England.

Neanderthals of the north

Were Neanderthals really as well adapted to a life in the cold as previously assumed, or did they prefer more temperate environmental conditions during the last Ice Age?

Vertebra discovered in the Jordan Valley tells the story of prehistoric migration from Africa

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that ancient human migration from Africa to Eurasia was not a one-time event but occurred in waves.

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