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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...

Study reveals the diet of the fossil primate ‘Theropithecus oswaldi’ found in the site of Cueva Victoria in Spain

A study published in Journal of Human Evolution reveals for the first time the diet of the fossil baboon Theropithecus oswaldi found in Cueva Victoria in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain), the only site in Europe with remains of this primate whose origins date back to four million years ago in eastern Africa.

‘Little Foot’ skull reveals how this more than 3 million year old human ancestor lived

High-resolution micro-CT scanning of the skull of the fossil specimen known as "Little Foot" has revealed some aspects of how this Australopithecus species used to live more than 3 million years ago.

The tooth enamel of the Atapuerca hominids grew faster than in modern humans

The CENIEH has conducted the first study which tackles counting the two types of enamel growth lines, in Lower Pleistocene and Middle Pleistocene populations in Europe.

Homo erectus used both Olduvayense and Achelense industry

The smallest Homo erectus cranium in Africa and diverse stone tools found at Gona, Ethiopia, indicate that human ancestors were more varied, both physically and behaviorally than previously known.

Siberian Neanderthals originated from various European populations

At least two different groups of Neanderthals lived in Southern Siberia and an international team of researchers including scientists from FAU have now proven...

Apes’ inner ears could hide clues to evolutionary history of hominoids

Studying the inner ear of apes and humans could uncover new information on our species' evolutionary relationships.

Early humans in Africa may have interbred with a mysterious, extinct species – new research

One of the more startling discoveries arising from genomic sequencing of ancient hominin DNA is the realisation that all humans outside Africa have traces of DNA in their genomes that do not belong to our own species.

Reconstructing the diet of fossil vertebrates

Information on what our ancestors ate is based mainly on carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses of the structural protein collagen in bones and dentin.