Latest Lower Paleolithic Stories
One of the predominant theories of our evolution says our genus, Homo, came from small-bodied early humans to become the taller, heavier Homo erectus, who went on to dominate the face of the Earth. What the theory doesn't really explain is the timing and geographic source of the larger body size associated with modern humans.
Recently released research on human evolution has revealed that species of early human ancestors had significant differences in facial features. Now, a University of Missouri researcher and her international team of colleagues have found that these early human species also differed throughout other parts of their skeletons and had distinct body forms. The research team found 1.9 million-year-old pelvis and femur fossils of an early human ancestor in Kenya, revealing greater diversity in the...
Researchers from the US, UK and Africa have discovered a new lower jawbone in Ethiopia that pushes back the arrival of the genus Homo on that continent by nearly one-half million years, all but confirming that East Africa was the birthplace of our evolutionary lineage.
Prehistoric archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf explains why humans began wearing clothes--and it's more than just for protection against the elements.
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.
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