People chose the coast during the big chill
Evidence found of persistent occupation in South Africa.
Excavations on South Africa’s southeast coast have uncovered evidence of persistent human occupations from the end of...
Men hunt and women gather. But not always
Female hunters likely common in early Americas.
Scientists may have to rethink the prevailing view that prehistoric hunting was exclusively the domain of men. The...
Neanderthal milk teeth reveal their secrets
Study offers new evidence on weaning and growth.
Neanderthal children grew and were weaned in much the same way as Homo sapiens, new research suggests. Virtual ren...
Study puts Denisovans on roof of the world
Findings expand understanding of humans in eastern Asia.
DNA evidence has confirmed that a cave on the Tibetan Plateau was once home to Denisovans, an ancient species of huma...
Let the Eurasian games begin
Ball sports were played much earlier than thought.
This area of northwest China may have been the venue for Eurasia’s oldest ball games. A team of Swiss, German and ...
A tale of two cesspits
Why ancient intestinal health is important now.
Scientists have reported what they say is the first attempt to use the methods of ancient bacterial detection, pionee...
A missing part of the rock art gallery
Newly described images show human-animal relationships.
Arnhem Land rock art is continuing to provide a window into Australia’s past, with scientists describing 572 previous...
More surprises about Palaeolithic humans
Our ancestors traversed Europe earlier than thought.
New clues continue to unravel the compelling Palaeolithic mystery of modern human movements and the Neanderthal trans...
Chromium steel first made in ancient Persia
Old manuscripts help new technology find the evidence.
Chromium steel, long considered a 20th century innovation, was in fact first made in Persia nearly a millennium earli...
Important steps on the Arabian Peninsula
Ancient footprints may show how humans moved from Africa.
Around 120,000 years ago, someone trudged across the Arabian Peninsula, with horses, camels and even elephants. We do...
Vikings weren’t who we thought
New DNA analysis could rewrite the history books.
The popular modern image of blond-haired Scandinavian Vikings has been upended by extensive ancient DNA analysis, pub...
Literacy may have been widespread in Judea
Algorithms and observations reveal secrets of texts.
Literacy may have been much more widespread than thought in the ancient Kingdom of Judea, according to Israeli and US...