Static skull, mandible, and parietal orthographic. Credit: Tel Aviv University Dramatic Discovery in Israeli Excavation The discovery of a new Homo group in this region, which resembles Pre-Neanderthal populations in Europe, challenges the prevailing hypothesis that Neanderthals originated from Europe, suggesting that at least some of the Neanderthals’ ancestors actually […]

Credit: University of Texas at Arlington Underwater archaeology team finds ancient obsidian flakes 2,000 miles from quarry. An underwater archaeologist from The University of Texas at Arlington is part of a research team studying 9,000-year-old stone tool artifacts discovered in Lake Huron that originated from an obsidian quarry more than […]

During her research in Belize, Amy Moran-Thomas noted that some with diabetes, when talking of the diabetes epidemic, would invoke Hurricane Hattie (which ravaged their country in 1961) as a metaphor for slow health changes that can suddenly erupt into a full-blown crisis. “In many ways,” she says, “the chronic […]

The Pacific Ocean’s currents support a diverse ecosystem, seen here from space with green indicating blooms of photosynthesizing plankton. Warmer currents during the ice age may also have supported early human settlements. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, The SeaWiFS Project and GeoEye, Scientific Visualization Studio New research reveals significant changes […]

A skeleton of an island fox. Credit: University of Missouri University of Missouri researcher adds to timeline of human evolution by studying an island fox. Nearly two decades ago, a small-bodied “human-like” fossil, Homo floresiensis,was discovered on an island in Indonesia. Some scientists have credited the find, now nicknamed “Hobbit,” as […]

Credit: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Investigators say humanity’s oldest sculptures may be linked to climate change, diet. One of world’s earliest examples of art, the enigmatic `Venus’ figurines carved some 30,000 years ago, have intrigued and puzzled scientists for nearly two centuries. Now a researcher from the University of […]

Two researchers from Trinity College Dublin are among a four-strong team of principal investigators spearheading a new €10.4 million project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) to assess the importance of marine life to human societies during the last two millennia, with a focus on understanding the consequences of […]

Illustration of female hunter depicting hunters who may have appeared in the Andes 9,000 years ago. Credit: Matthew Verdolivo, UC Davis IET Academic Technology Services For centuries, historians and scientists mostly agreed that when early human groups sought food, men hunted and women gathered. However, a 9,000-year-old female hunter burial […]

Study shows our species is still evolving and changes in natural selection could be the major reason. Humans haven’t developed genetic mutations for telepathy or superpowers just yet, but a new study shows our species is still evolving in unique ways and changes in the natural selection could be the […]

Aerial view showing the Southern Storage Complex (SSC), the Northern Storage Complex (NSC; blue dashed box) and the trench (red dashed lines). Credit: Eric Cline/GW Flourishing Canaanite palatial site suddenly abandoned 3,700 years ago; new evidence points to earthquake as probable culprit. A team of Israeli and American researchers funded […]