Tracing human origins by foot

A new study has pushed back the estimated age of 50 footprints preserved in rocks on the Mediterranean island of Crete – footprints that were already thought to be among the oldest pre-human prints in the world, and have now been dated to around 6.05 million years ago. The international team of researchers, whose study … Continue reading Tracing human origins by foot

Human evolution: a last archaic hominin stronghold in India

Scientists trace the evolution and migration of ancient hominins to the edges of India Human history can be characterised perhaps by one skill above all else: the ability to make tools that vastly expand our technological abilities. In fact, for scientists tracing the fascinating, branching tree of human evolution, non-perishable stone tools provide a priceless … Continue reading Human evolution: a last archaic hominin stronghold in India

Battered skulls of ancient farmers reveal violent conflicts

Three thousand years ago, in one of the driest deserts in the world, farmers came to blows and fought to the death, often smashing each other’s skulls in, according to a new discovery in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Graves reveal grave violence Researchers, led by Vivien Standen of the University of Tarapacá, Chile, found scores of … Continue reading Battered skulls of ancient farmers reveal violent conflicts

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’

Study puts Denisovans on roof of the world

DNA evidence has confirmed that a cave on the Tibetan Plateau was once home to Denisovans, an ancient species of humans whose remains had previously only been found in Siberia. The research, led by China’s Lanzhou University and published in the journal Science, shows that these close cousins of Neanderthals occupied the cave from at … Continue reading Study puts Denisovans on roof of the world

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