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Human Evolution News
May 20, 2019

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Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based ... read more
Paleontologists finds that it is unlikely that a two-million-year-old, apelike fossil from South Africa is a direct ancestor ... read more
So far Denisovans were only known from a small collection of fossil fragments from Denisova Cave in Siberia. A research team now describes a 160,000-year-old hominin mandible ... read more
African apes adapted to living on the ground, a finding that indicates human evolved from an ancestor not limited to tree or other elevated habitats. The analysis adds a new ... read more
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New Findings Shed Light on Origin of Upright Walking in Human Ancestors

The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs - a trait known as bipedalism. Among mammals, only humans and our ancestors perform this ... read more

Neanderthals Walked Upright Just Like the Humans of Today

Neanderthals are often depicted as having straight spines and poor posture. However, these prehistoric humans were more similar to us than many assume. Researchers have shown that Neanderthals walked ... read more

Homo Sapiens Colonized South Asian Rainforest by Hunting Small Mammals 45,000 Years Ago

A new study provides direct evidence for the hunting of tree-dwelling monkeys and other small mammals by Homo sapiens 45,000 years ago in the rainforest of Sri ... read more

Neanderthals' Main Food Source Was Definitely Meat

Researchers describe two late Neanderthals with exceptionally high nitrogen isotope ratios, which would traditionally be interpreted as the signature of freshwater fish consumption. By studying the ... read more

Neanderthal Footprints Found in Gibraltar

This work started 10 years ago, when the first dates using the OSL method were obtained. It is then that the first traces of footprints left by vertebrates were found. In subsequent years the ... read more

A Taste for Fat May Have Made Us Human

A new article argues that early human ancestors acquired a taste for fat long before they began hunting for meat by scavenging marrow from the skeletal remains of large ... read more

Over 800 New Genome Regions Possibly Relevant to Human Evolution Identified

Researchers have found genetic evidence of adaptations in 2,859 regions of the human genome, including some well-known examples such as those responsible for milk tolerance or high-altitude ... read more

Ancient Mongolian Skull Is the Earliest Modern Human Yet Found in the Region

A much debated ancient human skull from Mongolia has been dated and genetically analyzed, showing that it is the earliest modern human yet found in the region, according to new ... read more

Humans Colonized Diverse Environments in Southeast Asia and Oceania During the Pleistocene

Investigations into what it means to be human have often focused on attempts to uncover the earliest material traces of 'art', 'language', or technological 'complexity'. ... read more

Human Mutation Rate Has Slowed Recently

Researchers have discovered that the human mutation rate is significantly slower than for our closest primate relatives. The new knowledge may be important for estimates of when the common ancestor ... read more

A Surprisingly Early Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans in Southern Spain

A new study of Bajondillo Cave (Málaga, Spain) reveals that modern humans replaced Neanderthals at this site approximately 44,000 years ago. The research shows that the replacement of Neanderthals ... read more

Scientists Confirm Pair of Skeletons Are from Same Early Hominin Species

Separate skeletons suggested to be from different early hominin species are, in fact, from the same species, a team of anthropologists has concluded in a comprehensive analysis of remains first ... read more

Artificial Intelligence Applied to the Genome Identifies an Unknown Human Ancestor

By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators have identified, in the genome of Asian individuals, the footprint of a new hominid who cross bred with its ancestors tens ... read more

Peering Into Little Foot's 3.67-Million-Year-Old Brain

MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that ... read more

Neanderthal Genes Give Clues to Human Brain Evolution

A distinctive feature of modern humans is our round (globular) skulls and brains. Researchers report that present-day humans who carry particular Neanderthal DNA fragments have heads that are ... read more

New Archaeological Site Revises Human Habitation Timeline on Tibetan Plateau

Human ancestors first set foot on the interior of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau around 30,000-40,000 years ago, according to new research. This new finding moves back the earliest data of habitation in ... read more

Stone Tools Linked to Ancient Human Ancestors in Arabia Have Surprisingly Recent Date

Beginning more than 1.5 million years ago, early humans made stone handaxes in a style known as the Acheulean - the longest lasting tool-making tradition in prehistory. New research has documented an ... read more

Human Ancestors Not to Blame for Ancient Mammal Extinctions in Africa

New research disputes a long-held view that our earliest tool-bearing ancestors contributed to the demise of large mammals in Africa over the last several million years. Instead, the researchers ... read more

Evolution: South Africa's Hominin Record Is a Fair-Weather Friend

The fossil record of early hominins in South Africa is biased towards periods of drier climate, suggests a study of cave deposits. This finding suggests there are gaps in the fossil record, ... read more

The 'Swiss Army Knife of Prehistoric Tools' Found in Asia, Suggests Homegrown Technology

A study by an international team of researchers have determines that carved stone tools, also known as Levallois cores, were used in Asia 80,000 to 170,000 years ago. With the find -- and absent ... read more

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