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Fossils show that early ancestors had dual hand use

A new study by anthropologists at the University of Kent has identified that hand use behaviour in the fossils of our early ancestors is consistent with modern humans.

Earliest European Upper Palaeolithic Homo Sapiens

Two new studies on the homo sapien fossils found at the Bacho Kiro Cave in Bulgaria provides evidence for the first dispersal of H. sapiens across the mid-latitudes of Eurasia.

Ancient Neandertals were picky when choosing animal bone in making tools

A research team has suggested that Neandertals from Europe and Asia around 40,000 years ago chose to use bones from specific animals to make a tool for specific purposes: working hides into leather.

Neandertals had older mothers and younger fathers

Researchers analyzed the genomes of more than 27.000 Icelanders to find out which parts of our genomes contain Neandertal DNA.

Study reveals the diet of the “Theropithecus oswaldi” primate

A new study by Alicante University reveals the feeding pattern of the most common primate of the fossil registry of the African Pleistocene. A study...

Study Compares Parietal Lobes of Neanderthals and Modern Humans

The Paleoneurobiology group at the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH), led by Emiliano Bruner, has just published a morphological analysis of the brain of Neanderthals and modern humans, the results of which suggest that the "Roundness" of our brain is due in part to the fact that the parietal lobes are, on average, larger and more bulky.

When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth

An international team, including Arizona State University researcher Gary Schwartz, have unearthed the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behavior.

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.