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Our direct human ancestor Homo erectus is older than we thought

An unusual skullcap and thousands of clues have created a southern twist to the story of human ancestors.

Dating of Broken Hill skull leads to questions over modern human ancestry

Scientists from the Natural History Museum have helped date the Broken Hill skull, a key early human discovered in Africa in the 1920s.

Homo naledi juvenile remains offers clues to how our ancestors grew up

A partial skeleton of Homo naledi represents a rare case of an immature individual, shedding light on the evolution of growth and development in human ancestry, according to a study by Debra Bolter of Modesto Junior College in California and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and colleagues.

Lucy had an ape-like brain

The species Australopithecus afarensis inhabited East Africa more than three million years ago, and occupies a key position in the hominin family tree, as it is widely accepted to be ancestral to all later hominins, including the human lineage.

Modern humans, Neanderthals share a tangled genetic history, study affirms

In recent years, scientists have uncovered evidence that modern humans and Neanderthals share a tangled past.

Oldest ever human genetic evidence clarifies dispute over our ancestors

Genetic information from an 800,000-year-old human fossil has been retrieved for the first time.

Research identifies regular climbing behavior in a human ancestor

A new study led by the University of Kent has found evidence that human ancestors as recent as two million years ago may have regularly climbed trees.

A study lays out the complexity of the settlement of Asia by Homo sapiens

Up to now, most studies had focused on determining when the first modern human arrived in China, but there has been hardly any research on the dynamics of this settlement.

Neanderthals ate mussels, fish, and seals too

Over 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals were already feeding themselves regularly on mussels, fish and other marine life. The first robust evidence of this has been...