The gene that's partly responsible for the fair-hair of Northern Europeans has been identified, and it subtly turns up or down the level of pigmentation in the hair follicle.
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.
Is human evolution over? That’s the question Briana Pobiner, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, asked an audience at the Future is Here festival.
The ancient skeleton of a teenage girl found in an underwater cave in Mexico may be the missing link that solves the long-standing mystery behind the identity of the first Americans, researchers say.
Neanderthals were remarkably less genetically diverse than modern humans, with Neanderthal populations typically smaller and more isolated, researchers say.
Why do humans seek out alcohol even though it can lead to destructive behavior? One biologist looked to evolution for an answer, and came up with The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis.
Humans, unlike chimpanzees, show their determination with a facial expression, perhaps one that evolved as part of humanity's extreme sociality.
The early deaths of modern people in Africa who have albinism, a lack of body pigment, suggest that skin cancer pushed humanity to evolve black skin coloration.
Some 300 sexual hookups between Neanderthals and modern humans could explain the lurking caveman DNA, say the scientists who found those genes have influenced humans' skin and hair.
A newly discovered hearth full of ash and charred bone in a cave in modern-day Israel hints that early humans sat around fires as early as 300,000 years ago — before Homo sapiens arose in Africa.
An ancient hunter-gatherer from Spain had blue eyes and dark skin, suggesting that light skin evolved much later in Europe than previously thought.
From the possibility that the earliest humans were one species rather than many, to the discovery of the oldest known human DNA, LiveScience reviews what we learned about human origins in 2013.
The first high-quality genome sequence also found the Neanderthal woman's parents were closely related, possibly half-siblings, suggesting inbreeding may have been common among her recent ancestors.