Decoding the secrets of a forgotten human history during the Pleistocene

An international team of researchers has discovered the first fossilised bone from a Pleistocene-era human in Wallacea, the cluster of Indonesian islands, including Lombok, Sulaewsi, Timor and Sumba, that were the likely seafaring gateway for the first humans to populate Australia. The new find, published today in the journal PLOS one, offers a tantalising glimpse … Continue reading Decoding the secrets of a forgotten human history during the Pleistocene

Meet the new relative: ‘Dragon Man’

Research into an impeccably preserved skull, known as the Harbin cranium, has suggested it might belong to a new human species – Homo longi or ‘Dragon Man’ – that may have been a closer living relative than even the Neanderthal. The largest skull so far discovered from a Homo species contained a brain the size … Continue reading Meet the new relative: ‘Dragon Man’

Early humans were promiscuous

Turns out that our ancient ancestors weren’t exactly shy when it came to trying new things. A new analysis has revealed that as the ancestors of modern humans (homo sapiens) moved out of Africa and across Eurasia, they would try get it on with just about anyone they came across. In fact, genetic analysis has … Continue reading Early humans were promiscuous