Farming arrived in Europe with migrants, isotopic data show
For decades, archaeologists have debated how farming spread to Stone Age Europe, setting the stage for the rise of Western civilization.
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 ...
New study suggests Neanderthals died out earlier, did not coexist with modern humans
Theories about when the last Neanderthals walked the Earth may have to be revised, according to a study that suggests they became extinct in their last refuge in Spain much earlier than previously thought.
Experts find remains of England's King Richard III (Update 4)
He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy.
Scientists reassemble the backbone of life with a particle acceleratorynchrotron X-rays
Scientists have been able to reconstruct, for the first time, the intricate three-dimensional structure of the backbone of early tetrapods, the earliest four-legged animals. High-energy X-rays and a new data ...
Did Lucy walk, climb, or both? Australopithecine ancestors—arboreal versus terrestrial habitat and locomotion
Dartmouth researchers investigate tree-climbing behavior of modern hunter-gatherers to elucidate our fossil ancestors' terrestrial versus arboreal preferences.
Evidence contradicts idea that starvation caused saber-tooth cat extinction
The latest study of the microscopic wear patterns on the teeth of the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene found that they were living well off the fat of ...
Shaking some limbs on the tree of life: Ancient Australian fossils were on land, not at sea, geologist proposes
Ancient multicellular fossils long thought to be ancestors of early marine life are remnants of land-dwelling lichen or other microbial colonies, says University of Oregon scientist Gregory Retallack, who ...
New to science: Find from 425 million years ago with body, limbs, eyes, gills and alimentary system preserved
An international team of researchers have made an extremely rare discovery of a species of animal - related to crabs, lobsters and shrimps – that is new to science.
Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs also wiped out the 'Obamadon'
The asteroid collision widely thought to have killed the dinosaurs also led to extreme devastation among snake and lizard species, according to new research—including the extinction of a newly identified ...
Researchers find fossilized ciliate in 200 million year old leech cocoon
Jurassic insect that mimicked ginkgo leaves discovered
Archaeologists identify spear tips used in hunting a half-million years ago
A University of Toronto-led team of anthropologists has found evidence that human ancestors used stone-tipped weapons for hunting 500,000 years ago – 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.
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 ...