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.

Earliest human remains in eastern Africa dated to more than 230,000 years ago

The age of the oldest fossils in eastern Africa widely recognised as representing our species, Homo sapiens, has long been uncertain. Now, dating of a massive volcanic eruption in Ethiopia reveals they are much older than previously thought.

Europe’s earliest female infant burial reveals a Mesolithic society that honoured its young

An international team of researchers have uncovered the oldest documented burial of an infant girl in Arma Veirana, a cave in the Ligurian pre-Alps of north-western Italy that reveals a Mesolithic society that honoured its young.

Mammoth ivory pendant may be earliest decorated jewellery found in Eurasia

A pendant made from mammoth ivory may be the earliest example of decorated jewellery found in Eurasia.

Ancient human relative “walked like a human, but climbed like an ape”

New lower back fossils are the “missing link” that settles a decades-old debate proving early hominins used their upper limbs to climb like apes, and their lower limbs to walk like humans.

Oldest known footprints of pre-humans identified in Crete

Footprints left by pre-humans, dating back at least six million years ago has been identified by researchers on the island of Crete.

Study confirms cave paintings in Cueva Ardales originate from Neanderthals

A study of the pigments used in wall paintings in the Cueva Ardales caves in southern Spain originated from Neanderthals.

Climate changed the size of our bodies and, to some extent, our brains

An interdisciplinary team of researchers, led by the Universities of Cambridge and Tübingen, has gathered measurements of body and brain size for over 300 fossils from the genus Homo found across the globe.

Discovery from Unicorn Cave in Lower Saxony sheds new light on ancestors’ cognitive abilities

Since the discovery of the first fossil remains in the 19th century, the image of the Neanderthal has been one of a primitive hominin.

‘Dragon man’ fossil may replace Neanderthals as our closest relative

A near-perfectly preserved ancient human fossil known as the Harbin cranium sits in the Geoscience Museum in Hebei GEO University.

Nesher Ramla Homo type – a prehistoric human previously unknown to science

Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have identified a new type of early human at the Nesher Ramla site, dated to 140,000 to 120,000 years ago.

Hundreds of stone tools used by homo erectus discovered in abandoned goldmine in Sahara Desert

Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of stone tools in a goldmine where Homo erectus would have inhabited 700,000 years ago in the eastern part of the Sahara Desert, 70 km east of the modern city of Atbara in Sudan.

Little Foot fossil shows early human ancestor clung closely to trees

A long-awaited, high-tech analysis of the upper body of famed fossil "Little Foot" opens a window to a pivotal period when human ancestors diverged from apes, new USC research shows.

Study cements age and location of hotly debated skull from early human Homo erectus

A new study verifies the age and origin of one of the oldest specimens of Homo erectus--a very successful early human who roamed the world for nearly 2 million years.

Modern Human Brain Originated in Africa Around 1.7 Million Years Ago

Modern humans are fundamentally different from our closest living relatives, the great apes: We live on the ground, walk on two legs and have much larger brains.

New Evidence in Search for the Mysterious Denisovans

An international group of researchers led by the University of Adelaide has conducted a comprehensive genetic analysis and found no evidence of interbreeding between...

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