The large human brain has been thought to result from social demands. But new research challenges this idea.
Do chimpanzee talk to each other? Scientists follow and record chimpanzees in the wild to find out – and to fill in details about how human language might have evolved.
Humans are the only ape that sings, but we're also the only ape that sings poorly. It's a lot easier to whistle.
Why was one gene mutation that affects hair, teeth, sweat glands and breasts ubiquitous among ice age Arctic people? New research points to the advantage it provided for ancestors of Native Americans.
New research shows the Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia have evolved bigger spleens to store more oxygen-rich blood.
Scientists have discovered sophisticated tools in Kenya that are much older than expected.
New tools add to an emerging view of the past as a turbulent “Game of Thrones” style scenario, with distinct early human ancestors living in Eurasia before Homo sapiens arrived.
The first British people were black – and other interesting findings made possible by genomic sequencing.
New discoveries are changing archaeologists' ideas about the origins of our own species and our migration out of Africa. This fossil pushes Homo sapiens' African exodus date back by 50,000 years.
The story of where humans come from is growing as new evidence -- and new methods of analysis -- emerge all the time.
The very existence of kindness and altruism seems to contradict Darwin’s theory of evolution. So how could kind behaviour have evolved?
Recent research suggests that humankind's origins lay outside of Africa. This is the nature of science: a paradigm that cannot be questioned on a regular basis becomes a dogma.
Maeve, age 8, has a question that has stumped many scientists over the years. And that’s because it’s a surprisingly tricky question to answer. It depends a bit on what you mean by 'person'.
Latest development in 'Crete feet' find serves as a reminder of the challenges facing dig sites.
Experts are intrigued by 5.7m-year-old footprints from Crete but argue we cannot yet know for sure whether they come from a human ancestor.
A new study can't rule out the possibility that human ancestors lived on Crete at the same time as they evolved in Africa.
Larger brains lead to a broader social network.
Our huge brains help maintain complex social relationships, suggests research.
New paired research papers have pushed back by 100,000 years the time frame in which humans (Homo sapiens) are thought to have lived in Africa.
We can't observe the brain activity of extinct human species. But we can observe modern brains doing the things that our distant ancestors did, looking for clues about how ancient brains worked.