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.
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.
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?