Latest Lower Paleolithic Stories
Two and a half million years ago, our first ancestors, roaming the African savanna, formed rock shards into tools and used them to cut apart gazelle, zebra and other game. And these, scientists believe, turned out be a major evolutionary force and gave an evolutionary edge to human communication.
A stone knife discovered in Turkey is the oldest tool of its kind to ever be found there, and it suggests that humans passed from Asia into Europe far earlier than originally believed.
A cache of new artifacts discovered a 325,000-year-old site in Armenia reveals that Stone Age tools were not strictly an African invention that spread due to population expansion, but occurred independently and intermittently at various locations throughout the Old World.
In the past, scientists concluded many of man’s defining qualities, such as legs made for walking upright and a large brain, evolved all at once. But according to a new study in the journal Science, shifts in climate caused these qualities to evolve separately.
One of the issues of the Atapuerca sites that generates the most scientific debate is the dating of the strata where the fossils are found.
Archaeologists, publishing a paper in the journal PLOS ONE, say they have found ancient human footprints while working at an excavation site in Happisburgh, UK along the Norfolk coast.
The discovery of a 1.4 million year-old fossil in Kenya could be the key to closing a significant gap in the evolutionary record of humans.
The search for a common ancestor that links both modern humans to the ancient Neanderthals that roamed Europe thousands of years ago is far from over, according to a new study from an international team of experts. Dental analysis has so far shown no common match between the two hominins.
New light has been shed on the diet and food acquisition strategies of some of the earliest human ancestors in Africa.
Trust rather than lust is at the heart of the attention to detail and finely made form of handaxes from around 1.7 million years ago, according to a University of York researcher.
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