Timeline of human evolution
The timeline of human evolution outlines the major events in the development of the human species, and the evolution of humans' ancestors. It includes a brief explanation of some animals, species or g...
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Neanderthal Minibrains Offer Insight Into Our History
Comparing Neanderthal minibrains to those of modern humans can help explain our evolution into the dominant species.
Animated map shows how humans migrated across the globe
It's tough to know what happened on Earth thousands of years before anyone started writing anything down. But thanks to the amazing work of anthropologists a...
High-Pitched Voice Theory - Neanderthal
Vocal experts examine the first full skeleton of a neanderthal ever to be discovered and uncover insights into the most likely sound our primitive cousins wo...
Ancient DNA From Spain’s ‘Pit Of Bones’ Could Reveal The Origin Of Neanderthals
Few analysis of DNA from a collection of bones found in Spain – the oldest human DNA of its kind ever studied – could help write the history of early humankind. The research, published Monday in the j...
Humans Were Likely Boinking Neanderthals Earlier Than We Thought
The discovery actually says something important about modern humans' migration out of Africa.
Giant Bird Went Extinct Due To Our Appetite For Eggs
Humans have been driving animals and plants to extinction since ancient times, not just in our current day and age. This is further proven to be correct by the news that an Australian giant bird went ...
Paleo People Were Making Flour 32,000 Years Ago
Research into an ancient stone found in a cave in Italy shows Paleolithic hunter-gatherers were grinding oats and other grains for flour. It's the earliest evidence yet of food processing in Europe.Oa...
Scientists Reveal Homo Naledi, Our 'Unprecedented' Newest Cousin
Fossils found in South Africa represent at least 15 individuals and could alter our views of human behavior, scientists said. The new species, dubbed Homo naledi for the South African cave where more ...
Without Humans, The Whole World Could Look Like Serengeti
The fact that the greatest diversity of large mammals is found in Africa reflects past human activities -- and not climatic or other environmental constraints. This is determined in a new study, which...
400,000-Year-Old Dental Tartar Provides Earliest Evidence Of Manmade Pollution
Most dentists recommend a proper teeth cleaning every six months to prevent, among other things, the implacable buildup of calculus or tartar -- hardened dental plaque. Routine calculus buildup can on...
Human Hunting Weapons May Not Have Caused The Demise Of The Neanderthals
The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study. The researchers say their findings mean that we may need t...
New Ancient “Mystery Human” Species Identified Shakes Up The Theory Of Evolution
Evolution is something scientists have observed at several different levels in nature, and when it comes to human ancestry, they’ve been able to collect bits and pieces of the giant puzzle that is hum...
Modern humans and Neanderthals: A Mediterranean romance
It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its high, vaulted ceiling and allowed Israeli searchers to rappel into its dark interior.
Oldest Art Was Carved Onto Shell 540,000 Years Ago
Some 540,000 years ago, an ancient ancestor of modern humans took a shark tooth and carefully carved a geometric engraving on a mollusk shell. The engraving -- the oldest piece of art ever found by at...
Neanderthals: Smarter than we thought?
They've been portrayed as the original nitwits -- stone-age oafs whose limited mental capacity fated them to extinction as wily Homo sapiens entered Europe and out-competed them for precious resourc...
Mitochondrial Eve - DNA test identifies descendant of world's first woman
Scientists believe that Kinnaird has maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA which is only two mutations removed from Eve, who was nicknamed after the first woman created by God in the Ch...
Hominidae
The Hominidae (/hɒˈmɪnɨdiː/), also known as great apes, form a taxonomic family of primates, including four extant genera: the chimpanzees (Pan) with 2 species; gorillas (Gorilla) with 2 species; huma...
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Homininae
Homininae is a subfamily of Hominidae that includes the members of hominini, which includes humans, as well as gorillas, chimpanzees, and some extinct relatives. It comprises all hominids that arose a...
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Chimpanzee–human last common ancestor
The chimpanzee–human last common ancestor (CHLCA, CLCA, or C/H LCA) is the last species that the genera Homo and Pan (i.e. humans on one hand and bonobos and common chimpanzees on the other) share as...
Hominina
Homo is the genus of hominids that includes modern humans and species closely related to them. The genus is estimated to be about 2.5 million years old, emerging with the appearance of Homo habilis fr...
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Ardipithecus
Ardipithecus is a genus of an extinct hominine which lived during Late Miocene and Early Pliocene in Afar Depression, Ethiopia. Originally described as one of the earliest ancestors of humans after th...
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Australopithecus afarensis
Australopithecus afarensis is an extinct hominid that lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. A. afarensis was slenderly built, like the younger Australopithecus africanus. It is thought that A....
Australopithecus afarensis - Wikipedia
Kenyanthropus
Kenyanthropus platyops is a 3.2 to 3.5-million-year-old (Pliocene) hominin fossil discovered in Lake Turkana, Kenya in 1999 by Justus Erus, who was part of Meave Leakey's team.Leakey (2001) proposes...
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Australopithecus
Australopithecus (pronounced AW-struh-loh-PITH-i-kuhs, /ɒstrəlɵˈpɪθɪkəs/; anglicized australopithecine or australopith) is an extinct genus of hominid. From paleontologicla and archaeological evidence...
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Homo
Homo is the genus of hominids that includes modern humans and species closely related to them. The genus is estimated to be about 2.5 million years old, emerging with the appearance of Homo habilis fr...
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Homo habilis
Homo habilis is a species of the Hominini tribe, during the Gelasian and early Calabrian stages of the Pleistocene period, between roughly 2.1 and 1.5 million years ago.
There has been scholarly...
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Homo rudolfensis
Homo rudolfensis (also Australopithecus rudolfensis) is an extinct species of the Hominini tribe known only through a handful of representative fossils, the first of which was discovered by Bernard Ng...
Homo rudolfensis - Wikipedia
Homo erectus
Homo erectus (meaning "upright man," from the Latin ērigere, "to put up, set upright") is an extinct species of hominin that lived throughout most of the Pleistocene, with the earliest first fossil e...
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Archaic humans
A number of varieties of Homo are grouped into the broad category of archaic humans, contrasted with modern humans (Homo sapiens), in the period beginning 500,000 years ago. This category typically i...
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Homo antecessor
Homo antecessor is an extinct human species (or subspecies) dating from 800,000 to 1.2 million years ago, that was discovered by Eudald Carbonell, Juan Luis Arsuaga and J. M. Bermúdez de Castro. H. a...
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