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Early Humans

'Taung Child' Scans Upend Ideas About Ancient Human Ancestor

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science

The skull of an ancient human ancestor fails to show evidence of the type of brain expansion typically seen in modern human infants, according to a ...

Here's How Long We Canoodled With The Neanderthals

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2014 | Science

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stocki...

Prehistoric Plaque Reveals What Early Humans Ate

LiveScience | Laura Geggel | Posted 07.17.2014 | Science

When looking for a meal, prehistoric people in Africa munched on the tuberous roots of weeds such as the purple nutsedge, according to a new study of...

Ancient Hearth Discovered In Controversial Cave

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 01.28.2014 | Science

A newly discovered hearth full of ash and charred bone in a cave in modern-day Israel hints that early humans sat around fires as early as 300,000 ye...

Why Inequality Stings

Nigel Barber | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Much has been written about how the richest segment of the U.S. population has prospered in recent decades whereas the majority have not seen their circumstances improve despite unprecedented economic growth. Why does that matter?

What We Learned About Human Origins In 2013

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi, | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The existence of a mysterious ancient human lineage and the possibility that the earliest humans were actually all one species were among the human-e...

Museum Shows How Your Life Could Have Been 600,000 Years Ago

world.time.com | Posted 12.22.2013 | Science

To the south of Rome, a new museum will shed light into what life may have been like – 600,000 years ago. ...

This Guy May Have Been Making Complex Weapons Long Before We Were

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science

Our early ancestors may have been cleverer than we once thought. An international team of researchers said last week they had found evidence that ...

REVEALED: How Shifts In Ancient Climate Led To Bigger Brains

| Mark Maslin, The Conversation | Posted 11.18.2013 | Science

Editor's note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. It should ...

Rainstorm Puts Debate Over Ancient Shelter Back In Spotlight

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 08.12.2013 | Science

AVELLA, Pa. -- A fluke rainstorm at an ancient rock shelter in western Pennsylvania has brought a renowned archaeologist back to the site of where a f...

Neanderthals Weren't Lost In Translation After All, Linguists Say

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Science

When you picture Neanderthals, you might imagine subhuman brutes grunting -- but new research suggests these ancient hominids were more articulate tha...

Did Humans Really Eat Neanderthals?

Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 06/04/2013 12:14 PM EDT on LiveScience No clear evidence suggests modern humans ate Neanderth...

Carcasses Help Pinpoint Humans' Earliest Use Of Spears

| Posted 05.19.2013 | Science

By Heather Pringle Archaeologists have long debated when early humans began hurling stone-tipped spears and darts at large prey. By throwing a spear...

Tiny Fossils May Yield Big Insights Into Human Origins

| Posted 05.14.2013 | Science

By Michael Balter Researchers debate when language first evolved, but one thing is sure: Language requires us not only to talk but also to listen. A...

Early Humans Loved To Eat Brains

Newser.com | Posted 07.05.2013 | Weird News

Our evolutionary ancestors were hungry for braaaiiins--antelope brains, that is. Sets of animal bones recently unearthed in Kenya, believed to be the ...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Your DNA Contributes To Humanity's Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science

Our human lineage is not actually linear. In fact, it's more of a branching tree, telling the story of our origins in Africa and our migrations throug...

Fossilized Toe Yields Detailed Map Of Protohumans' DNA

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science

BERLIN — Researchers in Germany said Tuesday they have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a Neanderthal genome and are making it fre...

Skull Deformity Suggests Strange Truth About Early Humans

Posted 03.20.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/18/2013 05:06 PM EDT on LiveScience Inbreeding may have been a common practice among earl...

Brain Structure May Have Contributed To Neanderthals' Demise

Posted 05.13.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/12/2013 08:25 PM EDT on LiveScience Neanderthals' keen vision may explain why they couldn't ...

Are Bunnies To Blame For Neanderthals' Demise?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.07.2013 | Science

Why did Neanderthals become extinct? Scientists have offered a variety of theories, from climate change and cataclysmic volcanic eruptions to interbr...

Monkey Study Puts Neanderthal Sex In Spotlight

Posted 12.10.2012 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 12/10/2012 09:35 AM EST on LiveScience A bundle of recent genetic studies have suggested modern humans ha...

Artifacts Suggest Lethal Weapons Predated Homo Sapiens

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 11.15.2012 | Science

NEW YORK -- Scientists say they've found evidence that stone tips for spears were made much earlier than thought, maybe even created by an earlier anc...

Tiny Artifacts Shift Debate Over Early Humans' Intelligence

Posted 03.19.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 11/07/2012 01:19 PM EST on LiveScience Rocks carved into ancient stone arrowheads or into let...

Who DIDN'T Have Sex With Neanderthals?

Posted 11.01.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 11/01/2012 09:40 AM EDT on LiveScience The only modern humans whose ancestors did not interbr...

Ancient Bones Help Settle Debate Over Human Migration

Posted 08.21.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 08/20/2012 03:14 PM EDT on LiveScience Newfound pieces of human skull from "the Cave of ...