Meet the archeologist who is overhauling our understanding of early human history.
Archaeologists speculate the first soup might have been made by Neanderthals.
Neanderthals were evolutionary cousins to our species, Homo sapiens.
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The analysis could help us understand behavioural differences between the two groups of humans.
Close examination of digital and 3D-printed models suggested the fossil needs to be reclassified.
Brian A. Keeling
Scientists had figured a fossil found in Spain more than a century ago was from a Neandertal. But a new analysis suggests it could be from a lost lineage of our species, Homo sapiens.
This whirlwind tour of social history describes how infectious diseases have shaped humanity at every stage. It suggests reducing inequality will give us our best chance of surviving future plagues.
To test the ballistic properties of the stone points found in the Mandrin cave, modern duplicates were created and hafted on to shafts, as they may have been 54,000 years ago.
Laure Metz, Ludovic Slimak
In 2022 we detailed the discovery of 1,500 stone points in France’s Madrin cave. Experiments now show that they could were used as arrowheads, pushing back evidence of archery in Eurasia by 40,000 years.
Maltravieso Cave replica with Neanderthals four fingers hand-prints, Caceres, Spain.
It makes sense that a world of individuals used art to explore identity.
Humans have used technology to adapt to the cold.
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Hate winter? The answer may lie in our evolutionary history.
The way human brains develop is special – but not quite as special as you’d like to think, if we consider Neanderthals as well.
Neanderthals living in Italy swam confidently and In early Egyptian, Greek and Roman images people are shown swimming overarm. But today, only one in four people in low income countries can swim.
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Humanity carries traces of other populations in our DNA – and a new study shows how one of these ancestors has influenced the immune systems of modern Papuans.
General view of the site with hominid footprints on the beach of Matalascañas, Huelva (Spain).
The first Neanderthal footprints from the Iberian Peninsula discovered last year may have belonged to other members of the genus ‘Homo’.
New study shows Neanderthals and Homo sapiens had a taste for sharp and bitter food.
Neanderthal reproduction in Trento Museum of Natural History.
Neanderthals were wiped out by chance changes in the environment. The rise of Homo sapiens wasn’t inevitable.
One in 8 billion.
Only insects populations can compare to rising human numbers.
3D rendering of an Neanderthal man.
Zinc in their bones reveal that these early humans were top of the food chain.
A Neanderthal father and his daughter.
Ancient DNA from Neanderthal fossils in southern Siberia reveals a small community with close family ties – including a father and his teenage daughter.
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, our
Homo sapiens ancestors shared the landscape with multiple other hominins.
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Ancient DNA helps reveal the tangled branches of the human family tree. Not only did our ancestors live alongside other human species, they mated with them, too.
Researchers need to be careful not to contaminate ancient samples with their own DNA.
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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.
Svante Pääbo has won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for 2022.
The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for 2022 has been awarded to Svante Pääbo, whose discoveries have been pivotal to the way we understand our evolutionary history.