Early human promiscuity
Early homo sapiens hooked up with five other hominid species.
Turns out that our ancient ancestors weren't exactly shy when it came to trying new things. A new analysis has revea...
A rare dental trait lives on
Three-rooted molars could have come from Denisovans.
A rare dental trait that is more common in Asian and Native American populations could have its origins in trysts wit...
Indigenous arrival huge planned migration
Over 50,000 years ago a group of people planned and prepared.
The size of the first population of people needed to arrive, survive, and thrive in what is now Australia is revealed...
Battle to end the Great Stink
Early efforts to defeat cholera in London backfired badly.
Today we might regard a story about “The Great Stink” as possibly the title of a new Adam Sandler movie, but in fact ...
Plague hit Europe before Bronze Age migrations
5000-year-old remains tell new story for one of the great killers.
Scientists have identified the oldest strain ever found of the Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes the plague. The ...
The Serengeti is the product of farming
Prehistoric herders tended animals on the African plains.
Thousands of years of livestock dung have stimulated fertile and ecologically diverse wildlife hotspots in Africa, ac...
Egyptian mummification pushed back 1500 years
Italian museum provides evidence of earlier preservation.
The ancient Egyptians were chemically embalming corpses some 1500 years earlier than previously thought, stunning new...
Giants: why we needed them
There is an important reason why giants feature in mythologies.
Think of any sizeable water gap. It might be that between you and the island many kilometres off the coast, a place l...
Bronze Age Hep B rate likely higher than 8%
Ancient Europeans carried hepatitis, and the plague.
Delving into our ancient past evokes imagery of pottery shards, crumbling foundations and maybe the frisson-inducing ...
Ancient DNA reveals migrations and exchange
Genomes help track how populations cross-fertilised.
Advances in ancient DNA sequencing are shedding light on the genetic links between our Stone Age ancestors and modern...
A new look at the paleo diet
Hunter-gatherers ate better than farmers?
If you are one of those people always in search of the ideal diet, then chances are you have stumbled across the idea...