When they cause problems, wisdom teeth don't seem very smart. But they may have been evolution's answer to a coarse diet.
The teeth from two Neanderthal children and a relatively modern human child reveal their exposure to seasonal changes during their early life.
New research shows shallow, near-land seas similar to Bass Strait were critical in the early days of fish evolution. These are the waters we need to protect now to ensure ongoing biodiversity.
Rainforests may have played far more of a role in shaping human evolution than previously thought.
Ancient DNA in a 50,000+ year old bone tells us that two species of early humans did produce offspring together.
Why is jewellery so important to the story of human evolution? Because it provides a public message – even to people we don't know.
Modern day people of short stature became physically small due to the effects of living on a small island or forested environment. But we're not sure why "the Hobbit" of Flores was so small.
Early hominins are thought to have made a new shelter every night, which taught them how to adapt to changing conditions.
A manifesto from 23 researchers challenges old models, and outlines the major new directions archaeology should follow to solve the puzzling origins of modern humans.
Conquer the globe? You bet we did – but when did it start? A new paper shows early humans made tools in China two million years ago.
Neanderthals used spears as hunting weapons by throwing or thrusting, according to a new study.
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.