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A handful of recent discoveries have shattered anthropologists’ picture of where humans came from, and when
Anthropologists have discovered new species of human ancestors and revealed that humans, Neanderthals, and Denisovans interbred.
A group of our Homo erectus ancestors suffered a mysterious mass death more than 107,000 years ago. It’s their last appearance in the fossil rec...
Anthropologists solved a 90-year mystery about Homo erectus fossils after finding that 12 skulls are at least 107,000 years old.
Scientists found a 5,700-year-old piece of used gum in a lagoon — and sequenced the entire genome of the woman who chewed it
For the first time, scientists were able to extract an entire ancient human genome from a wad of birch "chewing gum" discovered in Denmark.
A 44,000-year-old mural is now the oldest example of humans telling stories with pictures. Take a look at the epic hunt it shows.
A 44,000-year-old mural depicts human-like creatures hunting local pigs and buffalo in Indonesia. It's our oldest example of picture storytelling.
Humans aren’t the only species that rely on grandmothers to watch the kids: Orca grannies ensure baby whales live longer
Orca whales and humans share a trait that's rare among mammals: Females survive long past their reproductive period and take care of grandchildren.
Archaeologists discovered a catacomb filled with mummified lion cubs, crocodiles, and cobras in an ancient Egyptian city of the dead
Egyptologists discovered an ancient city of the dead in Saqqara. The grave site recently revealed dozens of mummified creatures, including lion cubs.
A pair of infant skeletons were found wearing other children’s skulls as helmets in a 2,000-year-old grave site
At a pair of burial mounds in Ecuador, archaeologists uncovered two infant skeletons that were buried wearing helmets made of older children's skulls.
Every person alive today descended from a woman who lived in modern-day Botswana about 200,000 years ago, a new study finds
Modern humans emerged in Africa around 200,000 years ago. Now a research team has figured out where on the continent our ancestors originated.
Hundreds of skeletons were found in a mysterious Himalayan lake. A new analysis shows that some of them died 1,000 years apart.
A Himalayan lake was the final resting place of an estimated 800 skeletons. Researchers still don't know what killed them.
Anthropologists have found the oldest skull of one of our earliest human ancestors. The 3.8 million-year-old fossil changes our understanding of human...
Australopiths were human ancestors that lived 4.2 million years ago. A new skull fossil is changing our understanding of these ancient hominins.