Palaeoanthropology

Study suggests human occupation in Patagonia prior to the Younger Dryas period

Archaeologists have conducted a study of lithic material from the Pilauco and Los Notros sites in north-western Patagonia, revealing evidence of human occupation in the region prior to the Younger Dryas period.

Study suggests that first humans came to Europe 1.4 million years ago

A new study led by the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Institute of Archaeology of the CAS suggests that human occupation of Europe first took place 1.4 million years ago.

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.

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.

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...

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