Researchers in Laos have uncovered an ancient molar that may have belonged to a Denisovan girl who lived up to 164,000 years ago.
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.
Ancient footprints reveal a mysterious relative of humans may have lived at the same time and in the same area as the famous human ancestor "Lucy" in Tanzania.
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Scientists have unearthed the oldest fossils to date of the mysterious human lineage known as the Denisovans.
Scientists recently found that a so-called jumping gene may have jumped ship millions of years ago, and taken our tails with it.
"Iconic vocalizations" may have been the missing link that allowed the first human languages to develop, a new study suggests.
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.