A study suggests just 1.5% to 7% of the human genome is unique to our species. The remaining genes overlap with Neanderthal and other human ancestors.
A species of human ancestor called Homo longi, or "Dragon Man," lived in China 146,000 years ago. It may have interbred with ancient humans.
A human ancestor called Nesher Ramla homo occupied Israel and Arabia alongside humans at least 120,000 years ago, a new study says.
Advocates of the paleo diet assume that our human ancestors had a meat-heavy, low-carb diet. But research shows Neanderthals ate many starchy foods.
As anthropologists discovered new fossils and artifacts in 2020, our understanding of human history has changed. Thirteen discoveries in particular offered new and sometimes perplexing insights into where we came from and who our ancestors were. This year, researchers found the earliest known example of mating between different human populations, […]
Our human evolutionary lineage includes many species and relatives, including Neanderthals and Denisovans. Scientists already knew that modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans 40,000 to 60,000 years ago. But a new study showed that the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovans also interbred with a mysterious population of ancient humans […]
As anthropologists have discovered new species of human ancestors, our understanding of human history has changed. By sequencing the genomes from our Neanderthal and Denisovan cousins, scientists have also gained new insight into the genetic origins of our species. As researchers make more of these breakthroughs, the puzzle of who […]
Homo erectus fossils discovered on the island of Java come from a population that died between 117,000 and 108,000 years ago, researchers found. It’s the last known appearance of Homo erectus in the archaeological record. The individuals seem to have perished in a mysterious mass death, after which their bones […]
Anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens sapiens, emerged in Africa about 200,000 years ago. But the precise location from which they originated has remained uncertain. Now a new study suggests modern humans’ ancestral homeland was in modern-day Botswana, just south of the Zambezi River. Researchers narrowed in on that area […]
Modern humans emerged about 300,000 years ago in Africa. Fossil evidence suggests that most of our ancestors didn’t leave the continent until about 200,000 years later. But anthropologists have found a 210,000-year-old Homo sapiens skull in a Greek cave: the oldest modern human ever found in Eurasia. The discovery indicates […]
Recent discoveries have revealed that much of the traditional understanding of the human origin story is wrong. Until the past few years, most anthropologists and archaeologists believed that the first members of our species – Homo sapiens – evolved in East Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. As that story goes, […]
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