Around 200,000 years ago, people were living who were as intelligent as us.
Prehistoric hand paintings at the Cave of Hands in Argentina, thought to be over 10,000 years old.
It’s possible that low oxygen levels in caves produced hallucinations – but that doesn’t explain the majority of prehistoric art.
Tresco Beach, Isles of Scilly. Paul Nash/Shutterstock
New research has mapped sea-level rise around the Isles of Scilly over the last 12,000 years.
A prehistoric woman with a child have left behind the world’s longest trackway.
Some 13,000 years ago, an adult carrying in a child walked 1.5km in mud at great speed in the presence of hungry predators.
© Paul Breeze
These findings represent the earliest evidence for Homo sapiens on the Arabian Peninsula, and demonstrates the importance of Arabia for understanding human prehistory.
Dimitris Siskopoulos/Wiki commonc
During the Paleozoic Era, giant sea scorpions would have been the equivalent of a great white shark in their food web.
Footprints, preserved in solidified ash, hint at human behavior from as long as 19,000 years ago.
The footprints of over 20 different prehistoric people, pressed into volcanic ash thousands of years ago in Tanzania, show possible evidence for sexual division of labor in this ancient community.
Internet Archive Book Images/flickr
Dinosaurs are malleable beasts: so much so that their constant reshaping has often been driven by cultural and political trends.
Did ancient Egyptian parents worry their kids might get addicted to this game, called senet?
Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons
Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments.
The exploitation of fossil fuels emits CO₂, the main cause of global warming.
The Earth’s past shows the key role of CO₂ on climate for 4.45 billion years, and how human industrial activity has disrupted its cycle at an unprecedented rate over the past 160 years.
Fossilised burrows are changing what we know about the evolution of life.
Newly found fossils point to a link between a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the first emergence of complex life on Earth.
Let’s worry about the future of Brexit, not its prehistory.
Neanderthals may not have been hunting in the tundra after all.
A new study suggests Neanderthals may have lived in woodlands rather than tundras, meaning they were most likely sprinters.
Rainforests may have played far more of a role in shaping human evolution than previously thought.
Cotton grass on restored areas of Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire © Peter Roworth
A lesser known aspect of bogs is their remarkable potential to preserve both environmental and archaeological records.
Giovanni Lanfranco’s Norandino and Lucina Discovered by the Ogre (1624): in many societies giants were long part of received wisdom.
Tales of giants can be found around the world - in Wales, in Australia, and the Pacific Islands. They helped people explain the sometimes cataclysmic changes to the environment they saw around them.
Australia’s deep history was uncovered at Lake Mungo.
On the golden jubilee of the discovery of Mungo Lady’s 40,000-year-old remains, we can reflect on Aboriginal Australia’s vast history, which predates the arrival of Homo sapiens in both Europe and America.
Reconstruction of the bite wound affecting the shoulder of our herbivorous dinosaur.
Zongda Zhang/Lida Xing
New research uses pathology in dinosaur bones to look at predator-prey interactions in the fossil record.
Teeth fossils with evidence of dental lesions from
Prehistoric humans and their predecessors may have had a very different diet but their teeth suffered in similar ways to ours.