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Isotopic data show farming arrived in Europe with migrants

For decades, archaeologists have debated how farming spread to Stone Age Europe, setting the stage for the rise of Western civilization.

Paranthropus – Our “near human” Cousin

Most palaeoanthropologists consider the robust australopithecines to be an offshoot of the gracile australopithecines and most are in agreement that the former deserve a separate genus – Paranthropus. This is currently up for debate because we now realise that there could be more to hominin evolution on the African continent than the fossil record is leading us to believe.

The last Neanderthals of southern Iberia did not coexist with modern humans

The theory that the last Neanderthals –Homo neanderthalensis– persisted in southern Iberia at the same time that modern humans –Homo sapiens– advanced in the northern part of the peninsula, has been widely accepted by the scientific community during the last twenty years.

Prehistoric humans not wiped out by comet, says researchers

Comet explosions did not end the prehistoric human culture, known as Clovis, in North America 13,000 years ago, according to research published in the journal Geophysical Monograph Series.

Did Lucy walk, climb, or both?

Australopithecine ancestors -- arboreal versus terrestrial habitat and locomotion

Tracing humanity’s African ancestry may mean rewriting ‘out of Africa’ dates

UAlberta archeologist's new research may lead to rethinking how and when our ancestors left Africa to colonize the globe

Monkey business: What howler monkeys can tell us about the role of interbreeding in human evolution

Recent genetic studies suggest that Neanderthals may have bred with anatomically modern humans tens of thousands of years ago in the Middle East, contributing to the modern human gene pool. But the findings are not universally accepted, and the fossil record has not helped to clarify the role of interbreeding, which is also known as hybridization.

Africa’s Homo sapiens were the first techies

The search for the origin of modern human behaviour and technological advancement among our ancestors in southern Africa some 70 000 years ago, has taken a step closer to firmly establishing Africa, and especially South Africa, as the primary centre for the early development of human behaviour.

UMass Amherst Researchers Use Biomarkers from Prehistoric Human Feces to Track Settlement and Agriculture

For researchers who study Earth’s past environment, disentangling the effects of climate change from those related to human activities is a major challenge, but now University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientists have used a biomarker from human feces in a completely new way to establish the first human presence, the arrival of grazing animals and human population dynamics in a landscape.

Global Implications for Homo Floresiensis

Excavations at Liang Bua Cave exhibit skeletal evidence of a new species named Homo floresiensis; grounded the mosaic of primitive and derived features.

York research centre investigates the origins of humans

The University of York and the Hull Medical school has launched a new research centre to investigate the origin of our species.

Part I: Evolution of Structural Distinctiveness

The development of behavioural complexity and intricate judgment were once only thought to be characteristics possessed by modern humans.