Clues in a Neanderthal's milk tooth
Renaud Joannes-Boyau describes his research and why it matters.
We may have deciphered their DNA but much of Neanderthal life remains a fascinating mystery. New research on an eight...
Jaw bone discovery may rewrite human history
Fossil found in Ethiopia suggests first Homo species.
A fossil of a lower jaw bone found in Ethiopia is about 400,000 years older than other fossils from the earliest know...
Language and tool-making may be linked
Language evolved to pass on the skill of stone tool-making.
Ever found yourself gesturing to bemused locals as you try asking for directions in a foreign city? It’s an inkling o...
Vesuvius-charred scrolls give up their secrets
Use of X-ray techniques to read the ancient scrolls.
Among the items burned and buried in volcanic ash was a library in a villa in Herculaneum, a Roman city near Pompeii ...
Dating the ancient past in tiny bites
Carbon dating has revealed ancestors were adept dentists.
A dusty old piece of ancient human jawbone, stored for more than a century in a museum in Trieste, Italy, has given a...
The Bronze Age population collapse
Climate change ruled out as factor.
It has long been assumed that climate change was responsible for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of t...
The Neanderthals live on in us
DNA is writing the missing pages of Neanderthal history.
The two naked men are a magnet for visitors to London’s Natural History Museum. Stars of a new exhibition, the life-s...
The “hobbit” may have had Down's syndrome
fragmented skeletal remains point to Down’s syndrome.
The latest research on controversial hominid species Homo floresiensis points to a new hypothesis on its origins. The...
Antikythera: "Titanic of the ancient world"
Revealing the technological wonders of the ancient world.
A team of archeologists have returned to the remote Greek island of Antikythera where they have used the most sophist...
Time to get to know the ancestors
Discovery of skulls has the origins of our species in question.
Ever since Darwin told us that new species derived from older ones – “descent with modification” – the hunt has been ...
DNA confirms Aboriginal Australian origins
The same lineage as the first humans to migrate from Africa.
SYDNEY: Australian Aborigines descend from the same lineage as the first modern humans to migrate from Africa, DNA an...