human evolution

  • We have evolved to develop social skills

    There’s a reason we look so different to our near relatives.

    The need to develop social skills helped shape the modern human face, scientists have suggested. Writing in the journ...

    Evolution April 15, 2019
  • Did an early taste for fat fuel brain development?

    A novel source of nutrients needed to drive human evolution.

    Four million years ago, our hominin ancestors’ appetite for fat could be what delivered the energy needed to develop ...

    Biology February 10, 2019
  • How bling makes us human

    Why do we spend so much on decorating ourselves?

    An engagement ring sends the message ‘I'm going to be married’. Credit: ShutterstockSparkly jewellery, expensive sh...

    Society August 23, 2018
  • Out of Africa, into China

    Discovery pushes back hominin migration.

    The timing of hominin dispersal out of Africa needs to be re-examined, according to a team of Chinese archaeologists ...

    Archaeology July 11, 2018
  • Study discovers why you can’t resist hot chips

    Evolutionary adaptations recast into the modern world make fat-and-carb combos irresistible.

    Foods high in both fats and carbohydrate trigger the brain’s reward circuits more than either fats or carbohydrate al...

    Biology June 14, 2018
  • Natural selection drivers for diseases and traits

    Genetics suggest evolution as well as environment influence.

    Certain complex human traits and diseases seem to be driven by natural selection, a finding which helps to explain va...

    Body and Mind May 21, 2018
  • Upright walking predates humans

    Ancestors used full bipedalism earlier than thought.

    Ancient hominins were walking in a decidedly “human-like” manner some three million years before Homo sapiens evolved...

    Palaeontology April 25, 2018
  • Eyebrow evolution link to social signalling

    Shaped by the need for communication.

    The loss of the pronounced eyebrow ridge seen in human ancestors may have more to do with how modern humans get along...

    Palaeontology April 12, 2018
  • Teeth development may hold evolution clues

    It could help trace evolutionary relationships.

    Examining the fossil record through the lens of evolutionary developmental biology may help scientists reassess the t...

    Evolution April 11, 2018
  • Top 10 science stories of 2017

    From explosions in distant galaxies to new windows on human history, we look back at the science ...

    Neutron stars collide! The biggest story of the year was undoubtedly the detection of a pair of colliding neutron s...

    Space December 20, 2017
  • A 30,000-year-old face

    Stone Age teen was a member of a complex society 30,000 years ago.

    About 200 kilometres east of Moscow, on the outskirts of the city of Vladimir, lies one of the earliest records of mo...

    Archaeology October 12, 2017
  • Our Neanderthal legacy

    Schizophrenia, cholesterol, eating disorders and a nice tan.

    The hallmarks of an ancient tryst between our early human ancestors and their now extinct Neanderthal cousins are dot...

    Palaeontology October 5, 2017
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