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We Can Thank Agriculture and Soft Food for the 'F' Word, Claims Provocative New Study

Humans couldn’t always easily produce “f” and “v” sounds, according to a surprising new study. The reason we can now enjoy words like “flavor” and “effervescent,” say the researchers, has to do with changes to the ancestral human diet and the introduction of soft foods—a development that altered the way we bite, and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Human Speech, Paleontology, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans, Human Diet


Neanderthals and Denisovans Shared a Siberian Cave for Thousands of Years, New Research Suggests

Denisova cave in southern Siberia was home to Neanderthals and Denisovans for thousands of years, but questions remain about the timing of their stay. A pair of new studies traces the history of archaic human occupation at the site, showing who lived there and when—including a possible era during which the two…
Tags: Science, Siberia, Neanderthals, Paleontology, Denisova Cave, Denisova, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans


88,000-Year-Old Middle Finger Found in Saudi Arabia Could Rewrite Human History

It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil of our species to ever be found outside of Africa and the Levant, a region that today comprises Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. But the new discovery is not without its critics, who say older evidence…Read more...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Anthropology, Archaeology, Jordan, Fossils, Paleontology, Levant, Homo Sapiens, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans, Early Humans, Early Human Migrations, Human Fossils, Israel Syria Lebanon


Ancient Climate Swings Forced Early Humans to Get Their Shit Together and Innovate

Our species made its debut some 300,000 years ago. During the preceding millenniums, our continent of origin underwent environmental shifts that very likely influenced the trajectory of human evolution. Archaeologists working in Kenya have uncovered new clues to support this assertion, showing the surprising extent to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Kenya, Humans, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans, Stone Tools, Human Origins, Stone Age Culture, Tool Making


Climate Change Forced Early Humans to Get Their Shit Together and Innovate

Our species made its debut some 300,000 years ago. During the preceding millenniums, our continent of origin underwent environmental shifts that very likely influenced the trajectory of human evolution. Archaeologists working in Kenya have uncovered new clues to support this assertion, showing the surprising extent to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Kenya, Humans, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans, Stone Tools, Human Origins, Stone Age Culture, Tool Making


Ancient Human Groups Mated With the Mysterious Denisovans at Least Twice

Genetic analysis suggests two populations of Denisovans—an extinct group of hominids closely related to Neanderthals—existed outside of Africa during the Pleistocene, and that both of these populations interacted and interbred with anatomically modern humans.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Genetics, Homo Sapiens, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans, Human Origins, Early Modern Humans, Archaeogenetics


These Early Humans Prospered During What Should Have Been a Devastating Volcanic Winter

Around 74,000 years ago, a massive caldera erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a prolonged and devastating volcanic winter. Scientists have speculated that the Toba eruption pruned back human populations to a considerable degree, but new research published today suggests at least one group of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Geology, Volcanoes, Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Paleontology, Sumatra, Human Evolution, Volcanic Eruptions, Ancient Humans, Resilient Humans, Supervolcanoes, Toba Volcano


Scientists Who Doubt Neanderthal Art Must Reckon With New Evidence From These Sweet Cave Paintings

Back in 2012, archaeologists concluded that a series of cave paintings in Spain were created by Neanderthals, not early humans as was previously assumed. Critics complained about the dating method used, and more contentiously, claimed that only modern humans had the capacity for symbolic thought. Now, using an updated…Read more...
Tags: Science, Spain, Neanderthals, Cave Art, Human Intelligence, Ancient Humans, Neanderthal Art, Paleoarchaeology


Incredible Discovery Pushes Back Origin of Homo Sapiens By 100,000 Years

The remains of five early Homo sapiens have been unearthed at a site in northwest Africa. At around 300,000 years old, the fossils are a whopping 100,000 years older than the previous record, pushing back the origin of our species by a significant margin. And because the fossils were uncovered in Morocco—far from the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, History, Morocco, Anthropology, Archaeology, Homo Sapiens, Ancient Humans, Origin Of Humans


Research suggests humans emerged 2.8M years ago amid major climate change event

Mystery still shrouds much of the story of our origins, but new Arizona State University (ASU) research sheds new light on why we first emerged where and when we did. Around 2.8 million years ago our genus, Homo, could have emerged in a valley in Ethiopia. It was a time of change on that Earth long ago; it appears forest landscapes altered into grassy ones where our ancient ancestors lived. Back in 2013 an ASU team discovered a jawbone with teeth at Ledi-Geraru, and the incredible find is the ...
Tags: UK, Science, Design, News, Climate Change, Earth, Ethiopia, Evolution, Humans, Lucy, Arizona State University, Ancient, Asu, Homo, Joshua Robinson, Ledi Geraru


Ancient village discovered in Canada is 10,000 years older than the pyramids

The discovery of a 14,000-year-old ancient village in Canada could forever alter our understanding of early civilization in North America. Researchers estimate the settlement is way older than the Giza pyramids, and have found artifacts dating all the way back to the Ice Age. The village is one of the oldest human settlements we’ve ever uncovered in North America – and lines up with the oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation. Researchers from the Hakai Institute and University of Victoria, with lo...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Russia, First Nations, Canada, Alaska, Anthropology, Archaeology, North America, British Columbia, Columbia, Ancient, Carousel Showcase, Giza, Vancouver Island


Ancient Humans Didn't Turn to Cannibalism For the Calories

Humans have been eating other humans since the beginning of time, but the motivations behind this macabre practice are complex and often unclear. Some anthropologists say prehistoric cannibals were just trying to grab a nutritious snack, but new research shows that human flesh—as tasty as it is—doesn’t pack the same…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nutrition, Biology, Diet, Culture, Anthropology, Calories, Cannibals, Paleontology, Ancient Humans, Paleolithic Era, Paleolithic Humans, Human Cannibalism, Death Rituals