• A child of darkness

    Piecing together a skull and the history of our ancient Homo naledi relatives.

    Bathed in darkness, a pre-human child lies in the sunless abyss of a South African cave, never to see light again. ...

    Palaeontology November 5, 2021
  • Human evolution: a last archaic hominin stronghold in India

    New research reveals some of the last practitioners of an archaic human culture.

    Scientists trace the evolution and migration of ancient hominins to the edges of India Human history can be characte...

    Archaeology October 5, 2021
  • Southeast Asia crowded before we turned up

    Locations of archaic hominin mixing events reconstructed.

    Around 55,000-50,000 years ago, a population of modern humans left Africa and started on the long trek that would lea...

    Palaeontology July 16, 2019
  • Australopithecus species as human ancestor?

    Claim distant cousin of ‘Lucy’ was true origin of species dismissed.

    A very early hominin species has been ruled out as a direct ancestor of Homo sapiens. The ape-like Australopithecus s...

    Palaeontology May 8, 2019
  • Early hominins loved a rabbit or two

    Rabbits were on the menu more than two million years ago.

    Early hominins in Europe had quite a taste for rabbits and hares, new research reveals, challenging the standard view...

    Palaeontology March 6, 2019
  • Ancestors weren’t fussy when eating plants

    Isotope analysis shows early hominins were generalist feeders.

    The carbon composition of enamel in early hominin teeth, supported by soil sample evidence, suggests our ancestors we...

    Archaeology December 10, 2018
  • Homo erectus were lazy folk

    Research suggests ancient ancestors couldn’t be bothered.

    Ancient human ancestors known as Homo erectus may have been both intellectually and physically lazy, scientists say —...

    Palaeontology August 14, 2018
  • Short folk unrelated to the Hobbits

    No evidence short people and Homo floresiensis share ancestry.

    New research shows that two populations of small-bodied hominins arose independently on the Indonesian island of Flor...

    Palaeontology August 2, 2018
  • 走出非洲,进入中国

    Discovery pushes back hominin migration.

    The timing of hominin dispersal out of Africa needs to be re-examined, according to a team of Chinese archaeologists ...

    Archaeology July 11, 2018
  • Early hominid tot had ape-like feet

    Australopithecus was bipedal from birth?

    The long-standing theory that Australopithecus afarensis, one of humanity’s earliest hominid ancestors, was exclusive...

    Palaeontology July 5, 2018
  • Neanderthals on spear-hunts

    Bone analysis finds kills were made at close-quarters.

    Forensic analysis of a pair of 120,000-year-old deer skeletons shows that Neanderthals used wooden spears to kill pre...

    Palaeontology June 25, 2018
  • Hominin arrival in Philippines pushed back

    Tools and bones rewrite the settlement history of the region.

    The discovery of stone tools near the skeleton of a long-extinct rhinoceros has pushed back evidence for hominin sett...

    Archaeology May 3, 2018
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