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Human Ancestors

Ancient Ear Raises New Questions About Human Evolution

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Science

The remains of an ancient human in China not thought to be Neanderthal has an inner ear much like that of humans' closest extinct relatives, accordin...

Human, Chimp Forebears May Have Diverged Way Earlier Than We Thought

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

The ancestors of humans and chimpanzees may have begun genetically diverging from one another 13 million years ago, more than twice as long ago as h...

Fighting, Not Food, May Have Shaped Human Face

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2014 | Science

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Current theory about the shape of the human face just got a big punch in the mouth. ...

Big Debate Over 'Little Foot' Fossil Flares Anew

| Michael Balter | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

PARIS—He may be called Little Foot, but for human evolution researchers he’s a big deal: His is the most complete skeleton known of an early memb...

LOTS Of Neanderthal DNA May Hide In Modern Humans

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.29.2014 | Science

At least one-fifth of the Neanderthal genome may lurk within modern humans, influencing the skin, hair and diseases people have today, researchers say...

'Adam' Is HOW Old?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.30.2014 | Science

How old is our most common male ancestor? A new study indicates that the guy scientists call "Y-chromosomal Adam," or "Genetic Adam," walked the Earth...

Mystery Of 'Nutcracker Man' May Have Been Solved

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A strong-jawed extinct relative of humans called "Nutcracker Man" might have lived up to its name by munching on tiger nuts — that is, grass bulbs k...

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...

Fossil Find Rewrites Timeline Of Human Evolution

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

The discovery of a 1.4-million-year-old hand-bone fossil reveals that the modern human ability to make and use complex tools may have originated far e...

Bone Shard Found In Cave Yields Record-Setting DNA

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 12.07.2013 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyze DNA, using a bone found in Spain t...

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 ...

Meet Your Microbial Ancestors

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.14.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — What may be the oldest complete fossil on Earth paints a smelly but colorful picture of our microbial ancestors from nearly 3.5 bi...

Does the Recent Homo Discovery Change Our Understanding of Human Evolution?

Cadell Last | Posted 12.22.2013 | Science
Cadell Last

The recent discovery of a fantastically complete early Homo skull from Dmanisi, Georgia (dated to about 1.8 million years old) has set off a proverbial "bomb" in the paleoanthropological community.

Oddball Skull Suggests We Were Wrong About Early Humans

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 10.18.2013 | Science

The earliest, now-extinct human lineages, once thought to be multiple species, may actually have been one species, researchers now controversially su...

Strange Hairy Creature's Fossilized Body Found In Ancient Lake

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

An extremely well-preserved rodentlike fossil recently discovered in China provides some of the best evidence yet for how the earliest human ancestor...

Genetic 'Adam & Eve' Uncovered In Surprising New Study

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 08.02.2013 | Science

Almost every man alive can trace his origins to one man who lived about 135,000 years ago, new research suggests. And that ancient man likely shared ...

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...

WATCH: Is The Human Race In Danger Of Becoming Extinct Soon?

Louise Leakey | Posted 09.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Louise Leakey

2013-07-03-leakeypullWhat the fossil record does is force us to contemplate our place on the planet. We are but one species of several hominids that inhabited planet earth and like our distant cousins who went extinct fairly recently, our time on planet earth is also finite.

Baseball Study Spotlights Key Factor In Human Evolution

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science

Retired baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax is regarded as one of the most talented players to have ever stepped on the mound, but new research suggests he ...

World's Oldest Human Tumor Found In Bone Fragment

Live Science | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 06.10.2013 | Science

The oldest human tumor ever found — by more than 100,000 years — has been discovered in the rib of a Neanderthal.The bone, excavated more than 100...

Say Hello To Your Tiny, Hyperactive Cousin

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON -- New fossil evidence of the earliest complete skeleton of an ancient primate suggests it was a hyperactive, wide-eyed creature so small y...

African Ancestors Had A Diet Rich In Grass, Research Suggests

Reuters | Posted 08.05.2013 | Black Voices

By Laura Zuckerman June 4 (Reuters) - Human ancestors in Africa about 3.4 million years ago expanded their diets beyond the leaves and...

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...

How Long Did Neanderthals Nurse? Old Tooth Yields Answer

| Posted 05.23.2013 | Science

By Michael Balter Most child health experts agree that a minimum of 6 months of breastfeeding is essential for the welfare of growing babies, alt...

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...