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 ...
Life, and death, of Triceratops: Fossilized tooth marks shed light on T.Rex's gruesome hunting practices
Looking for the evolutionary origins of our pretty smile
It takes both teeth and jaws to make a pretty smile, but the evolutionary origins of these parts of our anatomy have only just been discovered, thanks to a particle accelerator and a long dead fish.
Archaeoastronomers claim Alexandria was built to align with Alexander the Great's birth date
Complex brains evolved much earlier than previously thought, 520-million-year-old fossilized arthropod confirms
Complex brains evolved much earlier than previously thought, as evidenced by a 520-million year old fossilized arthropod with remarkably well-preserved brain structures. Representing the earliest specimen ...
Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered
(Phys.org)—Researchers have found what they say is the only fossil ever discovered of a spider attack on prey caught in its web – a 100 million-year-old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time.
Fossilized teeth—Duck-bill dinosaurs had plant-pulverizing teeth more advanced than horses
A team of paleontologists and engineers has found that duck-billed dinosaurs had an amazing capacity to chew tough and abrasive plants with grinding teeth more complex than those of cows, horses, and other ...
Researchers find evidence that suggests Neanderthals used feathers to adorn themselves
Scientists use genetics, climate reconstructions to track global spread of modern humans out of Africa
(Phys.org)—Research indicates the out-of-Africa spread of humans was dictated by the appearance of favourable climatic windows.
Prehistoric bugs from 230 million years ago found in amber (Update)
(Phys.org)—An international team of scientists has discovered the oldest record of arthropods—invertebrate animals that include insects, arachnids, and crustaceans—preserved in amber. The specimens, ...
Lao skull earliest example of modern human fossil in Southeast Asia
An ancient skull recovered from a cave in the Annamite Mountains in northern Laos is the oldest modern human fossil found in Southeast Asia, researchers report. The discovery pushes back the clock on modern ...
New research raises doubts about whether modern humans and Neanderthals interbred
New research raises questions about the theory that modern humans and Neanderthals at some point interbred, known as hybridisation. The findings of a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests ...
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 ...