Latest Paleoanthropology Stories
Geneticists led by Matthias Meyer at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany extracted a nearly 400,000-year-old human thigh-bone fossil from the bottom of a cave shaft in northern Spain called Sima de los Huesos, where remains of 28 early humans of an unknown species have been discovered.
A new study from the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics argues that modern language and speech can be traced back to the last common ancestor we shared with the Neanderthals, roughly half a million years ago.
The hobbit human, a small-statured race that evolved separately from our own ancestor Homo erectus on an island of the Indonesian Archipelago some 50,000 years ago, has been discovered by Japanese scientists to have a bigger brain than once believed.
Scientists know that early Homo sapiens and Neanderthals coexisted for a short time before the latter eventually became extinct. While it was understood that humans had better developed brains than their more primitive counterparts, it was generally not well-known why these early ancestors made a grand exit.
Popular theories have placed the Neanderthal extinction at about 35,000 years ago, based on dating of the earliest bone fossils found at a Neanderthal site in southern Iberia. However, researchers from Australia and Europe are now refuting that evidence after taking another careful look at the bones.
Research and excavations in southern Tanzania could lead to a rethinking of the ‘Out of Africa’ narrative that describes the human diaspora around the globe.
A team of anthropologists, led by the University of Toronto, has found evidence that human ancestors used stone tipped weapons for hunting 500,000 years ago, 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.
A discovery on the south coast of South Africa is leading to implications that modern humans evolved in this location.
Thousands of years ago, a genetic mutation occurred which might be the answer to how early humans were able to move from central African and across the continent. This movement has been called "the great expansion."
Wits' scientists are part of the most comprehensive research to come out of Olduvai in East Africa since the early 1980s
The Neanderthals or Neandertals are an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans. They are known from fossils, dating back from the Pleistocene period, which have been found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The species gets its name from Neandertal, “Neander’s Valley”, the location in Germany where it was first uncovered. Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies of Homo sapiens or as a distinct species of the...
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