A newly described skull from China may belong to an extinct sister species of Homo sapiens.
Humans are unique creatures on the planet, though it wasn't always this way. Long ago, some bizarre human relatives, such as Nutcracker Man and a Homo species whose miniature bodies resembled the hobbits on Lord of the Rings, roamed Earth. Scientists are even finding evidence that modern humans crossed paths with some of our relatives, with fossils suggesting Homo sapiens may have had sex with Neanderthals and even a newly discovered species called the Denisovans. In news and features, we will cover human evolution and origins, revealing the mysteries of humanity, details on human ancestors and the evolutionary steps that led to modern humans.
"Iconic vocalizations" may have been the missing link that allowed the first human languages to develop, a new study suggests.
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection isn't an idea with holes. It's one of the most solid theories in science. But what exactly is it?
A new hypothesis suggests that humans were hypercarnivores more than 2 million years ago, specializing in taking down the largest prey.
New depictions of Lucy and the Taung child are shedding light on the tricky task of facial reconstruction.
A nearly mile-long set of tracks across the playa of the desert Southwest reveals the journey of a caregiver and a toddler more than 10,000 years ago.
Today's humans carry the genes of an ancient, unknown ancestor, left there by hominin species intermingling perhaps a million years ago.
Using genetic data from 1,200 modern indigenous Africans, researchers believe they’ve pinpointed the location of the first permanent human settlement, which thrived 200,000 years ago.
The diminutive size of the extinct human relative called the Hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, could come down to really fast evolution.
Foot calluses have evolved to protect the feet and provide comfort in perhaps ways that shoes can't match, a new study says.
You may give them little thought beyond when to trim them or which nail color to apply. But the humble nail laid the groundwork for our evolution into the humans we are today.