Foot calluses have evolved to protect the feet and provide comfort in perhaps ways that shoes can't match, a new study says.
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.
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.
Following an epic 20-year-long excavation in South Africa, researchers have finally recovered and cleaned the nearly-complete skeleton of an ancient human relative.
Way more sex happened between Neanderthals and the ancestors of modern humans across Europe and Asia than scientists originally thought, a new study finds.
A long bone unearthed in Denisova Cave in Siberia is providing new proof that Denisovans and Neanderthals mated.
A new discovery suggests that human ancestors left Africa roughly 10,000 generations earlier than experts thought.
The mysterious extinct human lineage known as the Denisovans may have interbred with modern humans in at least two separate waves, a new study finds.
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?
Ancient stone tools that may be nearly 2 million years old have been unearthed in Saudi Arabia, providing clues to help determine when ancient hominins dispersed from Africa.
Sometimes thought of as dumb brutes, Neanderthals, a dead-end species in human evolution, used tools, buried their dead and controlled fire, among other intelligent behaviors.
Neanderthal DNA could influence your skin tone, hair color, sleep patterns, mood and even smoking behavior, a new study finds.
The newly sequenced genome of a female Neanderthal is revealing that our relatives may have passed on genes that today are linked to cholesterol levels, arthritis and other diseases.
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