Thousands of ancient genomes have been sequenced to date. A Nobel Prize highlights tremendous opportunities for aDNA, as well as challenges related to rapid growth, equity and misinformation.
Around 200,000 years ago, people were living who were as intelligent as us.
Walking has taken a very long time to develop, with evidence of bipedalism among early humans in Africa roughly 4.4 million years ago.
The new work presents the oldest dated evidence for hominins in Arabia, in the form of an ancient handaxe tool uncovered from the Nefud Desert.
The first ancient human DNA from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi — and the wider Wallacea islands group — sheds light on the early human history of the region.
Our biggest evolutionary advantages are an ability to walk on two legs and our big brains.
Researchers unearthed the 105,000-year-old artefacts from a spiritual site in southern Africa. Although far from the coast, the area is associated with stories of a great water snake.
Plus, new discoveries about early humans in Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge. Listen to episode 5 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Research shows that when people feel insecure and anxious they become more concerned with identity values such as nationalism, status and success.
The ‘good’ side of our nature is much more deep-rooted than the ‘evil’ side.
History shows that behavioural factors play a major role in slowing and stopping disease spread.
300,000 years ago, there were lots of different species of human. Now it’s only us – and we’re probably the reason why.
New research suggests humans spread to Europe at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Long-standing assumption that humans killed large mammals 4.5m years ago has been debunked by researchers – but some experts still think humans played a part in the demise of biodiversity
Ancient stone tools found in what is now Algeria show early humans likely spread across Africa more rapidly than first thought.
Having movable eyebrows – and evolving beyond the Neanderthal ridge – may have played a crucial role in early human survival.
Modern humans could have left Africa shortly after evolving, making it to India in tens of thousands of years.
This new research offers compelling proof that the naysayers were right. “Mrs” Ples was actually a “Mr”.
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.