Charles Darwin, who first advanced the theory of evolution, to the chagrin of creationists everywhere.
Rather than castigate those who deny evolution, it is more useful to consider their arguments to help science explain it better
Upper jaw of Paranthropus robustus, which lived 1.2-1.8m years ago.
Diet and disease leave characteristic marks on our teeth which can reman for millions of years.
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The early human 'Cockney pearly kings and queens'.
Our cells have a built-in genetic clock, tracking time… but how accurately?
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How do scientists figure out when evolutionary events – like species splitting away from a common ancestor – happened? It turns out our DNA is a kind of molecular clock, keeping time via genetic changes.
Homo neanderthalensis reconstruction.
Matteo De Stefano/MUSE Science ms
A new study estimates the nutritional value of human flesh and challenges the belief that prehistoric humans engaged in cannibalism just to fill their stomachs.
Dental calculus deposits show this Neadertal was eating poplar, a source of aspirin, and moulded vegetation including Penicillium fungus, source of a natural antibiotic.
Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC
Neanderthals had a very varied diet based on what foods were available to them where they lived. They also knew what to eat when they were sick.
How our ancestors ate could explain why today’s humans are mostly right-handed.
The way early humans learned to handle food could explain why the majority of people today are right handed.
La Cotte de St Brelade during excavation.
Excavations have shown that early humans were frequent visitors to the same coastal area over tens of thousands of years.
Bonobos are separated from chimpanzees by the River Congo, but they share more genes than we thought.
The two species mated 500,000 years ago, leaving a genetic mark to this day. This knowledge could help save them from extinction.
Aubrey Lynch, elder from the Wongatha Aboriginal language group, participated in one of the studies.
Preben Hjort, Mayday Film.
New research into how early humans spread across the world settles several long-running debates.
The annual ‘Living Landscapes’ procession is aimed at raising awareness of the Cedarberg’s KhoiSan cultural heritage.
Human population groups worldwide are highly homogeneous genetically. They are in fact 99.5% similar and their anatomical features vary in an uncorrelated fashion over the landscape.
A family migrating to western US in 1886.
Humans evolved in Africa, spread across the world, and then it gets messy. Luckily advances in genetic sequencing have helped us track the complex history of human migration.
Artist’s reconstruction of a Red Deer Cave man.
A new study is rewriting our understanding of archaic humans and how they may have interacted with early humans.
New discovery has put some teeth into our understanding of human evolution.
Credit: S. Xing and X-J. Wu
New find shows we may have been underestimating the Neanderthals.
Human eyes are unique among primates for their range of iris colours and unpigmented sclera.
The science about our special senses - vision, smell, hearing and taste - offers fascinating and unique perspectives on our evolution. Yet it remains patchy; we know surprisingly little for example about…
The look of love? Human meets Neanderthal.
The great grandfather of one of Europe's earliest modern humans had sex with Neanderthals.
Detail of the engraving on fossil Pseudodon shell (DUB1006-fL) from Trinil.
Wim Lustenhouwer, VU University Amsterdam
Zig-zag markings have been discovered on a shell found at Trinil in Java that dates back to between 430,000 and 540,000 years ago, from the site where the original specimens of Homo erectus were found…
Ancient DNA can tell you a lot more than skull shape about the origins of the first Europeans.
Much of the evidence of where the first Europeans came from was originally derived from comparisons of skulls but our work looking at ancient DNA is revealing new insight, with results published this month…
Behold the femur.
Bence Viola, MPI EVA
When a human bone was found on a gravelly riverbank by a bone-carver who was searching for mammoth ivory, little did he know it would provide the oldest modern-human genome yet sequenced. The anatomically…
The Gibraltar Museum says scratched patterns found in the Gorham’s Cave, in Gibraltar, are believed to be more than 39,000 years old, dating back to the times of the Neanderthals.
There has been much excitement over recent reports that something found in a cave in Gibraltar is the first known example of Neanderthal art. But what exactly has been found, can it be believed and, if…