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.
A weird ancient ape that lived between 7 million and 9 million years ago walked on all fours, new research suggests. The findings overturn previous research suggesting the ape walked upright.
A new study suggests that human women evolved to go through menopause because men have consistently preferred younger women as mates.
Certain characteristics shared by humans and chimps may have allowed them to incorporate medicines into their societies.
A trove of thousands of stone tools and animal bones suggest human ancestors were hunting and scavenging animals at least 2 million years ago.
New research that examined fossil DNA suggests humans left Africa no earlier than 95,000 years ago, contradicting recent studies.
The exquisitely preserved Homo erectus fossil known as Turkana Boy was probably not suffering from dwarfism or scoliosis
Because Neanderthals devoted more brain space to processing sight, they had less room for social cognition and may have died out as a result
Keeping a fire going during a rainstorm and keeping rivals from stealing cooked food or fire required high levels of cognition.
A new analysis of genetic changes in the blood-sucking parasites can reveal how people migrated across the globe