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

Incredible ancient footprints are oldest trace of people in North America

They say that children are the future but this time they’re also the past. Researchers have found ancient footprints in New Mexico, US, that may be the oldest traces of people in the Americas – and they may have belonged to children and teenagers. The footprints were embedded in what was once a muddy lakeshore … Continue reading Incredible ancient footprints are oldest trace of people in North America

A new window into the peopling of Polynesia

An international team of scientists has combined innovative machine-learning techniques with population genetics to provide the most accurate map to date of the earliest migrations through the Pacific Islands, opening a window into one of humanity’s most epic journeys. The team, led by Andrés Moreno-Estrada, Alexander Ioannidis and colleagues, used a dataset of samples from … Continue reading A new window into the peopling of Polynesia

‘Climate windows’ allowed the first human migrations

Migration is part of the great evolutionary story of our species – humans first evolved in Africa several million years ago, before leaving those homelands and spreading across the world in a series of epic journeys. But there has long been debate about exactly when humans left Africa and the routes that were taken. This … Continue reading ‘Climate windows’ allowed the first human migrations

Modelling the ‘superhighways’ travelled by First Australians

Indigenous Australians have long pointed out that their ancestors have lived on and cared for this continent since time immemorial. Hampered by entrenched misconceptions and outdated curricula, it’s only in recent decades – with discoveries like Mungo Man and Mungo Lady – that science has started to catch up. A new study by the ARC … Continue reading Modelling the ‘superhighways’ travelled by First Australians

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