Dexterous thumbs – considered a hallmark of being human – were present two million years ago, according to a study published in the journal Current Biology. This was around the time that more systematic tool production and complex cultural developments emerged and our large-brained Homo erectus ancestors appeared on the scene, highlighting the pivotal importance … Continue reading Thumbs up (and over)
Researchers make an important find in fossil-rich South Africa.
It’s been a landmark day for learning about our ancestry and human evolution, with the publication of not one but three major studies. They include new information about some of our most significant fossil finds, and a report on the retrieval of the oldest-ever human genetic data set. Where to start? In the first paper, in … Continue reading Human evolution: More clues to the story of our past
Ethiopian finds suggest larger males and technological variety.
First human species out of Africa reached Asia later than thought.
Most recent Homo erectus lived more than 100,000 years ago, research finds.
A site in Algeria contains tools that may be 2.4 million years old. John McNabb reports.
Research finds climate, not hominin activity, knocked out the big mammals. Dyani Lewis reports.
Research suggests our ancient ancestors couldn’t really be bothered. Richard A Lovett reports.