When humans first ventured out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they left genetic footprints still visible today. By mapping the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern peoples, we creat
Humans shoulder most of the blame for the loss of large mammals like woolly mammoths, a new study finds.
Extinct giants, such as the American cheetah and ground sloth, lived in North America until they mysteriously died out about 10,000 years ago.
It is widely believed that humans first arrived in the Americas around 13,000 to 15,000 years ago.
Diprotodon optatum has the distinction of being the largest marsupial ever. Although related to the wombat and koala, Diprotodon was more like a rhinoceros in size.
If you think modern Australian animals are scary, spare a thought for the country's earliest human inhabitants. They had to contend with huge kangaroos and 5-metre carnivorous lizards.
Procoptodon goliah - the largest of the leaf-eating kangaroos (200kg) could stand on tiptoe, prop on its tail and reach leaves up to three metres from the ground. The skull is short
Aboriginal stone tool, Kurri Kurri NSW Photographer: Christopher Langeluddecke © Australian Museum Business Services
Recent studies of the evolution of religion have revealed the cognitive underpinnings of belief in supernatural agents.
Most cross-cultural research aims to understand shared traits among hunter-gatherers and how and why they vary. Here we look at the conclusions of cross-cultural studies that ask: What are recent hunt
The evidence left behind by early humans gives us a vivid picture of their lives.
These are razor sharp microlithic arrowheads from the middle to late Ertebølle period. Such artifacts could not only be successfully used for hunting animals, but also for killing humans.
The World Heritage Site of Cueva de las Manos (The Cave of the Hands), Argentina, South America, has an incredible panel of rock art hand paintings made by the indigenous inhabitants of Santa Cruz.
Lascaux Cave is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac in the Dordogne region, which houses some of the most famous examples of prehistoric cave paintings.
Our Brothers’ Keepers - An Animal of No Significance - The Cognitive Revolution - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - by Yuval Noah Harari - From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrat
Archaeological sites along the southern coast are yielding fresh insights into an enduring mystery of human evolution
Is this figurine the earliest sculptural art? It remains enigmatic and haunting to this day.
All people today are classified as Homo sapiens. Our species of humans first began to evolve nearly 200,000 years ago in association with technologies not unlike those of the early Neand
Idea that modern humans evolved in East Africa 200,000 years ago challenged by extraordinary discovery of 300,000-year-old remains in Moroccan mine
The species that you and all other living human beings on this planet belong to is Homo sapiens. During a time of dramatic climate change 200,000 years ago, Homo sapiens evolved in Africa. Like other
Homo sapiens: the species to which all modern human beings belong. Homo sapiens is one of several species grouped into the genus Homo, but it is the only one that is not extinct.
‘Turkana Boy’ Homo ergaster skull Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum
Homo ergaster is an extinct early species of Homo that lived 1.8 to 1.3 million years ago. Homo ergaster, meaning workman due to advanced lithic technology is also referred to as African Homo erectus.
Led by Svante Pääbo, the Department of Evolutionary Genetics studies the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. The scientists are interested both in the forces that affect the genome di
The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor
Remains of one of the most recently discovered early human species, Homo floresiensis (nicknamed ‘Hobbit’), have so far only been found on the Island of Flores, Indonesia.
Turns out most of us have a little Neanderthal in us, according to the first solid DNA evidence for Neanderthal-human interspecies mating.
(PhysOrg.com) -- Up till recently, most researchers studying Neanderthals had assumed they were simple wanderers, hiding out in caves when the weather got bad. Now however...
Sometimes thought of as dumb brutes, Neanderthals, a dead-end species in human evolution, used tools, buried their dead and controlled fire, among other intelligent behaviors.
Neanderthals (the ‘th’ pronounced as ‘t’) are our closest extinct human relative. Some defining features of their skulls include the large middle part of the face, angled cheek bones, and a huge nose
Homo erectus was an ancient human ancestor that lived between 2 million and 100,000 years ago. It had a larger body and bigger brain than earlier human ancestors.
Early African Homo erectus fossils (sometimes called Homo ergaster) are the oldest known early humans to have possessed modern human-like body proportions with relatively elongated legs and shorter ar
There is only one really good fossil of this Homo rudolfensis: KNM-ER 1470, from Koobi Fora in the Lake Turkana basin, Kenya. It has one really critical feature: a braincase size of 775 cubic centimet
Homo rudolfensis skull cast Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum
Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective. It explains that money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust eve
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in World History, medieval history and mili...
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans do
Virtual Tour Explore the original cave, hall by hall
Located in a limestone plateau of the Ardèche River in southern France, the property contains the earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world.
A swash-buckling account that begins with the origin of the species and ends with post-humans, writes Galen Strawson