A new old link between Siberia and America
Researchers find answers in prehistoric genomes.
Researchers have revealed the oldest and deepest connection yet found between the peoples of Siberia and the Americas...
Ancient Andes, analysed
New genomic portrait of pre-Columbian civilisations.
An international team has conducted what it says is the first in-depth, wide-scale study of the genomic history of an...
Children’s graves reveal genetic diversity
Ancient genomes point to unique population of hunter-gatherers.
Remains from an ancient gravesite in Cameroon have opened a window into the world of the people who lived in western ...
Likely human homeland identified
Genetic analysis pinpoints ancient African wetlands.
A vast inland oasis in present-day northern Botswana was once home to the founder population of all modern humans, ac...
More fuel for early Anthropocene
New evidence suggests Maya culture had larger and earlier impacts on Earth’s systems.
New research from the nation of Belize, Central America, has revealed that ancient Maya culture responded to populati...
Gael-force winds drive Scottish settlement
Genetic analysis reveals Dark Age invasions left their mark. Barry Keily reports.
Genetic diversity across modern Britain and Ireland largely mirrors the tumultuous invasions and ethnically defined k...
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...
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 livestock 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...