• The wealth of Neolithic nations

    Archaeologists attempt to breakdown ancient societies.

    Thus, apparently, has it ever been: along comes a radical change to the way a society operates, its proponents promis...

    Archaeology November 16, 2017
  • Humans get a new cousin

    Bone and gene analyses identify a third species of orangutan.

    And then there were eight. A team of researchers has identified a previously unrecognised species of orangutan, addin...

    Biology November 2, 2017
  • Neanderthals got by with help from friends

    Our distant cousins had a pronounced caring streak.

    No one knows by what name the Neanderthal man now dubbed Shanidar 1 was known to his peers, but the chances are – unl...

    Palaeontology October 25, 2017
  • No contact between Easter Island and South America

    Analysis of Easter Island skeletons rules out early mixing with Amerindians.

    The people of Easter Island did not fraternise with South Americans before the arrival of Europeans in 1722, a new pa...

    Biology October 12, 2017
  • Fruit, not friends, the key to ape intelligence

    Complex social structures assumed to drive the evolution.

    Diet is a key driver of primate intelligence, research suggests. Credit: Heinrich van der Berg/Getty ImagesWhy do h...

    Biology March 27, 2017
  • Complex speech in humans

    More complex speech patterns than their hominin ancestors.

    When it comes to complex speech, modern humans could out-perform Neanderthals with ease. Credit: Getty ImagesThe re...

    Biology March 16, 2017
  • Wade Davis walks on the wild side

    Anthropologist, ethnobotanist and author, Wade Davis.

    As an undergraduate at Harvard University in the early 1970s, Wade Davis was the archetypal student of the era – rest...

    Society June 8, 2015
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