A study suggests our mysterious cousins, the Denisovans, first occupied Denisova Cave. Then Neanderthals and modern humans joined them later.
The oldest version of the plague that we know of infected a Stone Age hunter-gatherer millennia before the Black Death, a new study shows.
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, […]
In a Tibetan cave, anthropologists discovered tools and DNA from ancient human ancestors called Denisovans. They found that Denisovans adapted to living in a high-altitude, low-oxygen environment about 120,000 years before modern humans in the region did. Modern-day Tibetans may have inherited some of those genetic adaptations. Last year, scientists […]
Archaeologists have long debated when and how the first people made it to North America from Asia. Researchers previously thought early humans crossed the Bering land bridge from Siberia to Canada 13,000 years ago. But artifacts discovered in a Mexican cave shift the timeline, revealing people may have been in […]
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 […]
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 […]