New biomolecular archaeological evidence points to the beginnings of viniculture in France
France is renowned the world over as a leader in the crafts of viticulture and winemaking—but the beginnings of French viniculture have been largely unknown, until now.
New research suggests ancient Indonesian "hobbit" looked more like us than apes
Small lethal tools have big implications for early modern human complexity
On the south coast of South Africa, scientists have found evidence for an advanced stone age technology dated to 71,000 years ago at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay. This technology, allowing projectiles to ...
Bird brains predate birds themselves: 'Flight-ready' brain was present in some non-avian dinosaurs
New research provides evidence that dinosaurs evolved the brainpower necessary for flight well before they actually took to the air as birds. Based on high-resolution X-ray computed tomographic (CT) scans, ...
Researchers find evidence that suggests Neanderthals used feathers to adorn themselves
Common genetic ancestors lived during roughly same time period
Mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam—two individuals who passed down a portion of their genomes to the vast expanse of humanity—are known as our most recent common ancestors, or MRCAs. But many aspects ...
Anthropologist finds explanation for hominin brain evolution in famous fossil
(Phys.org) -- One of the worlds most important fossils has a story to tell about the brain evolution of modern humans and their ancestors, according to Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist ...
New research challenges two prevailing theories on how Maya civilization began
The Maya civilization is well-known for its elaborate temples, sophisticated writing system, and mathematical and astronomical developments, yet the civilization's origins remain something of a mystery.
Placental mammal diversity exploded after age of dinosaurs
An international team of researchers has reconstructed the common ancestor of placental mammals—an extremely diverse group including animals ranging from rodents to whales to humans—using the world's ...
Researchers find Jurassic strashilids not a parasite after all
Oldest primate skeleton discovered
An international team of paleontologists that includes Northern Illinois University anthropologist Dan Gebo is announcing the discovery of a nearly complete, articulated skeleton of a new tiny, tree-dwelling ...
Fossils hint at distant cousins to our ancestors
Our family tree may have sprouted some long-lost branches going back nearly 2 million years. A famous paleontology family has found fossils that they think confirm their theory that there are two additional ...
Ancient giant sloth bones suggest humans were in Americas far earlier than thought
Dinosaurs had fleas too -- giant ones, fossils show
In the Jurassic era, even the flea was a beast, compared to its minuscule modern descendants. These pesky bloodsuckers were nearly an inch long.