Cancer is not the modern disease many believe it to be. New fossil evidence from two South African caves suggests that its origins lie deep in prehistory.
Scientists are hoping that ancient stone tools found on a family farm in Kenya will add to a clearer picture of the first appearance, duration and variation of prehistoric technologies found so far.
Move over, DNA profilers. Scientists are developing a potentially more powerful technique to identify criminals from their hair.
Remains from a 9000-year-old victim in Brazil suggests he was beheaded, de-fleshed and had his hands amputated.
Advances in computer power mean archaeologists can now tell a huge amount about what's underground without picking up a spade.
Khaled al-Asaad was a world renowned scholar before his death at the hands of Islamic State.
These massacres entail killing on a relative scale seen today only in the most war-torn countries.
One of the by-products of field projects working in the same area over a prolonged period of time is the realisation that the team makes an enduring contribution to the local community.
A genomic sequencing study suggesting that the 9,000-year old skeleton dubbed "Kennewick Man" was Native American will intensify a 20-year-old dispute about what should happen to the remains.