By Ashik Siddique | Tue, 05/14/2013 - 00:17
The oldest fossil hominin ear bones ever found show partly modern human features—our ancient Australopithecus and Paranthropus ancestors had hearing abilities somewhere between ours and those of modern apes.
By Ashik Siddique | Tue, 04/09/2013 - 00:22
Are these talking monkeys? Wild gelada baboons, native to Ethiopia, make lip-smacking sounds while socializing that sound surprisingly like human speech.
By Ashik Siddique | Thu, 03/28/2013 - 19:02
Neanderthal-human hybrid fossil remains may have been identified- a skeletal jawbone found in Italy suggests evidence of gradual interbreeding.
By Ashik Siddique | Fri, 03/22/2013 - 20:33
New analysis challenges the timescale of two major events in human evolution– the first migration out of Africa, and the lifetime of mitochondrial Eve, the “mother of all humans” and last common ancestor for maternal lineages.
By Ashik Siddique | Fri, 03/22/2013 - 18:00
The genes that lead to autoimmune inflammatory diseases like MS, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis may have actually benefited our early ancestors– more evidence for the hygiene hypothesis.
By Christine Hsu | Fri, 02/01/2013 - 10:44
A leading scientist says that the human phenomenon of emotional crying is hugely important and developed as a way for humans to communicate how they feel before the emergence of language.
By Makini Brice | Fri, 01/25/2013 - 17:52
Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle have discovered that HIV’s origin can be traced back 5 to 12 million years.
By Christine Hsu | Wed, 01/23/2013 - 09:19
A leading geneticist from Harvard Medical School has created a master plan to bring back the long-extinct Neanderthals. All he needs is an "extremely adventurous female human" to serve as surrogate mother to deliver a cloned Neanderthal baby.
By Christine Hsu | Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:22
A DNA analysis of a 40,000-year-old human skeleton dug up in China has revealed genetic clues to the Stone Age evolution, according to a new study. After analyzing the genetic material extracted from the ancient leg bone found in a cave near Beijing, scientists were able to link some of the earliest modern humans to settle in China to the people living in the region today.
By Makini Brice | Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:53
A study revealed that our hands might have evolved to wrinkle in order to grip wet objects.
By Christine Hsu | Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:56
New study proves that you really can't have the brains and the brawn, after researchers found that a boost in brain size and cognitive ability comes at an expensive price.
By Amber Moore | Wed, 12/26/2012 - 17:15
Environmental changes that occurred over two million years ago may have lead to human evolution.
By Christine Hsu | Wed, 12/26/2012 - 15:56
Monkeys aren't particularly generous, but a new study revealed that when they do act selflessly, a specific part of their brains keeps count of these kindnesses.