homo erectus

  • Thumbs up (and over)

    Manual dexterity emerged two million years ago, study suggests.

    Dexterous thumbs – considered a hallmark of being human – were present two million years ago, according to a study pu...

    Evolution January 29, 2021
  • Homo erectus keeps getting older

    Researchers make an important find in fossil-rich South Africa.

    It continues to be a big week for archaeological revelations. Yesterday Cosmos reported on three new papers that p...

    History April 3, 2020
  • Human evolution: More clues to the story of our past

    Three studies take a detailed look at important discoveries.

    It’s been a landmark day for learning about our ancestry and human evolution, with the publication of not one but thr...

    History April 2, 2020
  • Skulls and skills varied in archaic Homo erectus

    Ethiopian finds suggest larger males and technological variety.

    In the harsh desert badlands of the Afar triangle in north-eastern Ethiopia, the earth is slowly giving up its secret...

    History March 5, 2020
  • Java Man not so old after all

    First human species out of Africa reached Asia later than thought.

    The oldest human remains in Southeast Asia - Java man - aren’t as old as we thought they were. An Indonesian-Japa...

    History January 9, 2020
  • Java Man's last stand

    Most recent Homo erectus lived more than 100,000 years ago.

    The disputed age of the youngest known Homo erectus remains on the Indonesian island of Java has been revised, effect...

    Palaeontology December 18, 2019
  • Ancestors reached Africa earlier than thought

    A site in Algeria contains tools that may be 2.4 million years old.

    East Africa is famously the birthplace of humankind and the location where our ancient hominin ancestors first invent...

    Archaeology December 5, 2018
  • Ancient African extinctions

    Climate, not hominin activity, knocked out the big mammals.

    A long-held view that many of Africa’s large-bodied mammals – including relatives of today’s elephants, hippos and gi...

    Palaeontology November 25, 2018
  • Homo erectus were lazy folk

    Research suggests ancient ancestors couldn’t be bothered.

    Ancient human ancestors known as Homo erectus may have been both intellectually and physically lazy, scientists say —...

    Palaeontology August 14, 2018