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.
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.
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.
The ancestors of modern humans may have gotten genital herpes from the extinct relative of humanity commonly known as Nutcracker Man, a new study suggests.
New research shows that early modern humans may have arrived in Southeast Asia at least 20,000 years earlier than scientists previously thought.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO believes the only way to keep pace with artificial intelligence is to upgrade human intelligence.
Chimpanzees can learn how to play the game rock-paper-scissors about as well as a 4-year-old human child, a new study finds.
The most complete extinct-ape skull ever found reveals what the last common ancestor of all living apes and humans might have looked like, according to a new study.
A protein that helps make human spit slimy reveals signs that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with an extinct human lineage that was an even more distant relation than Neanderthals.
DNA in a fossil from a young girl has revealed that a mysterious extinct human lineage occupied Asia longer than previously thought, allowing more potential interbreeding with Neanderthals.
Some of the genes that up your risk of heart disease are also linked with having more kids, a new study finds.
The oldest known bones of our species, dating back around 300,000 years, have been discovered in a cave in Morocco.
Paleoanthropologists now also say a primitive-looking relative to modern humans was likely much smarter than the current understanding of the primitive hominins would suggest.
DNA from Neanderthals and a mysterious branch of humanity called Denisovans has been detected in the ancient mud of caves holding no fossilized remains of those individuals.
New research on Indonesian fossils reveals clues to an ancient expansion out of Africa led by human ancestors nicknamed "hobbits."