New talk about an old fossil

Read about "Ardi". Ardipithecus ramidus, discovered in 1994, may be one of the oldest known hominins in the family tree. Image by T. Michael Keesey.

New hominin species

The newly discovered Australopithecus sediba lived in South Africa between 1.75 and 1.95 million years ago. Read the article. Photo by Brett Eloff.

Denisovian DNA

From a finger bone and a molar, researchers have mapped the genome of newly discovered extinct hominins who lived 30,000 years ago.  View the results here.

Red Deer Cave Fossils

Descriptions of fossils from Southwest China have sparked new debate about human evolution in Asia. Photo by Darren Cunroe (via LiveScience).

Old Feet. New Site.

Foot bones from Burtele suggest a hominin with an opposable big toe lived in Ethiopia 3.4 Ma. Image ©The Cleveland Museum of Natural History via LiveScience.

Human Survival

Watch a discussion about the survival of the human species when other hominins have gone extinct.  Recorded at the World Science Festival in New York on June 2.

Origins of modern culture

Analysis of artifacts from Border Cave in South Africa suggest that the moder hunter-gather culture developed by 44 Ka.  Read the PNAS article. Image by Werner Hammer.

Surviving natural disasters

3 August 2012: Volcanic ash analysis suggests intraspecies competition was a greater threat to Neanderthal survival than natural disasters or climate change.

Early spear points

15 Nov 2012: Read the Science report that suggests spear use may date back to an early ancestor who lived over 500 Ka.

Neanderthal Brains

13 Mar 2013: Neanderthals may have relied more heavily on sight than modern humans.  Read more in Proceedings B.

Early evidence for human anemia

3 Oct 2012: As reported in PLOS, signs of anemia in a recently discovered skull suggest meat was a dietary staple by at least 1.5 Ma.

26 Jun 2013

26 Jun 2013: Baseball's fast ball may owe its success to a 2 million year old hunting technique - read about it in Nature.


25 Jul 2013: Reanalysis of the evidence suggests Oreopithecus (9-7 Ma) wasn't a habitual bipedal as previously claimed.     

Climate and evolution

1 Aug 2013: An article in Science discusses a possible link between climate and the evolution of our early hominin ancestors.

Human genome antiquity

2 Aug 2012: The human male genome may date back to between 120 Ka and 156 Ka, as reported in Science.