Thumbs up (and over)

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)

Human evolution: More clues to the story of our past

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