The thighbone of this hominid has revealed the oldest known human DNA yet. The results suggest human evolution was even more confusing than before thought, researchers say.
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.
New, complete genome sequences from Neanderthals and ancient human relatives called Denisovans suggest that these groups and modern humans interbred with a fourth, unknown, early hominid relative.
Pesky parasites can tell their own version of our history, including the idea that modern humans intermingled with Neanderthals and that humans may have first put on clothing before leaving Africa.
A newly discovered 1.8 million-year-old skull from Eastern Europe has been pitched as disproving a decades-old paradigm in human evolution.
A nearly complete skull found in Dmanisi, in the Republic of Georgia, has scientists suggesting the earliest, now-extinct human lineages may be one species, not several.
Ancient homnids may have overused toothpicks, helping to explain why the jaws of the oldest-known extinct human relatives varied so much. The overuse may have also led to inflammation and infection.
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.