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.
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.
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.
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.
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.