Human evolution


Neanderthals weaned babies young, study suggests

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Neanderthals may have started weaning their young from seven months of age and transferred them to solid food by just over a year, according to a new fossil tooth study.


In pursuit of happiness

Thursday, 21 March 2013

The neuroscientific nuances that shape our emotional repertoire have deep roots in evolution, writes Brett Szmajda.

Scars of human evolution_fi_Inuits suffer less wisdom teeth problems_COSMOS science magazine

Loose ends of evolution make humans suffer

Monday, 18 February 2013

Culture is what helps us deal with the ‘scars of evolution’, said researchers during a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Genes European Jews_Cosmos science magazine

Genes settle debate over origin of European Jews

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Jews of European origin are a mix of ancestries, with many hailing from tribes in the Caucasus who converted to Judaism and created an empire that lasted half a millennium, according to a gene study.

Brown eyes_COSMOS science magazine

Got brown eyes? You seem trustworthy

Thursday, 10 January 2013 - 2 comments

Men with brown eyes have more trustworthy faces than men with blue eyes, according to a new study that proposes sexual selection of women in Europe about 10,000 years ago could be the cause.

Science gets a grip on finger wrinkles_COSMOS science magazine

Science gets a grip on finger wrinkles

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Getting pruney fingers from soaking in the bath is an evolutionary advantage, for it helps us get a better grip on objects under water, scientists suggest.

Blue eye

The future of you

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Medical advances this century may will make our future more bizarre. Get ready for medical science to push the boundaries of what it means to be human.

9 August 2007 Evolution of Homo genus thrown into doubt_COSMOS science magazine

Evolution of Homo genus thrown into doubt

Thursday, 9 August 2007 - 29 comments

The discovery of two fossils has challenged the belief that our early human ancestor Homo erectus evolved from Homo habilis and suggests they co-existed.

DNA confirms Aboriginal Australian origins_COSMOS science magazine

DNA confirms Aboriginal Australian origins

Tuesday, 8 May 2007 - 28 comments

Aboriginal Australians descend from the same lineage as the first modern humans to migrate from Africa, DNA analysis has confirmed.

Flat face is new look for humans_COSMOS science magazine

Flat face is new look for humans

Thursday, 29 March 2007 - 18 comments

Human ancestors resembled apes much more recently than thought, according to a new more accurate reconstruction of a fossil skull.


Sign up to our free newsletter and have "This Week in Cosmos" delivered to your inbox every Monday.

>> More information
Like us on Facebook
Follow @CosmosMagazine
Add Cosmos to your Google+ circles

Get a weekly dose of Cosmos delivered straight to your inbox!

  • The latest in science each week
  • All the updates on our new website launch
  • Exclusive offers and competitions

Enter your name and email address below: