Researcher finds earliest evidence of human ancestors hunting and scavenging
(Phys.org) —A recent Baylor University research study has shed new light on the diet and food acquisition strategies of some the earliest human ancestors in Africa.
Ancient DNA reveals Europe's dynamic genetic history
Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.
Fossilized teeth provide new insight into human ancestor
A dental study of fossilized remains found in South Africa in 2008 provides new support that this species is one of the closest relatives to early humans.
Can you love cats too much?
A study into cat ownership looks at whether people who own an excessive number of cats are on the slippery slope to becoming animal hoarders.
The ethics of resurrecting extinct species
(Phys.org) —At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.
Lost and found, the first find of an early human artwork
A 14,000-year-old engraved reindeer antler is possibly the first piece of early human art ever found. The specimen was uncovered in the 1800s and has been in the vast collections of the Natural History Museum. ...
Built-in wireless sensor to diagnose 'stressed' machines remotely
A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and Singapore's Hoestar PD Technology Pte Ltd are working to deploy wireless piezoelectric sensors that will track vibrations and stresses that affect the 'health' ...
Ancient stone tools show the pace of remarkable technological enhancements over time
(Phys.org) —Stone Age man's gradual improvement in tool development, particularly in crafting stone handaxes, is providing insight into the likely mental advances these early humans made a million years ...
First early human fossil found in Africa makes debut
Just over 90 years ago a discovery was made that started a fascinating journey exploring human evolution in Africa. The Broken Hill skull was the first early human fossil to be found in Africa and evidence ...
A learner's guide to the universe: Astronomer Loeb homes in on 'cosmic roots' in textbook
Theoretical astrophysicist Avi Loeb has a pretty good idea about how the universe's first galaxies formed, but he can't wait to see if his theories are right.
Early human burials varied widely but most were simple
A new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows that the earliest human burial practices in Eurasia varied widely, with some graves lavish and ornate while the vast majority were fairly plain.
Evolution helped turn hairless skin into a canvas for self-expression
(Phys.org)—Hairless skin first evolved in humans as a way to keep cool—and then turned into a canvas to help them look cool, according to a Penn State anthropologist.
Song sparrows escalate territorial threats (w/ Video)
Territorial song sparrows use increasingly threatening signals to ward off trespassing rivals. First an early warning that matches the intruder's song, then wing waving – a bird's version of "flipping the bird" – as the ...
New study raises questions about long-held theories of human evolution
What came first: the bipedal human ancestor or the grassland encroaching on the forest? A new analysis of the past 12 million years' of vegetation change in the cradle of humanity is challenging long-held beliefs about the ...