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 ...
New analysis of fossils reveal ancient bird had two tails
Analysis of teeth suggests modern humans mature more slowly than Neanderthals did
A sophisticated new examination of teeth from 11 Neanderthal and early human fossils shows that modern humans are slower than our ancestors to reach full maturity. The finding suggests that our characteristically ...
Human-Neanderthal coupling was rare: study
Scientists have shown that modern humans have some traces of genes from Neanderthals, but a study out Monday suggests that any breeding between the two was most likely a rare event.
Infectious disease may have shaped human origins, study says
An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, suggest that inactivation of two specific genes related to the immune system may have ...
Who was eating salmon 45,000 years ago in the Caucasus?
Why did anatomically modern humans replace Neandertals in Europe around 40,000 years ago?
Homo erectus was first master of the kitchen: study
The first ancestor of modern humans to have mastered the art of cooking was likely homo erectus, which evolved around 1.9 million years ago, according to a US study published Monday.
Pulsars: The Universe's gift to physics
Pulsars, superdense neutron stars, are perhaps the most extraordinary physics laboratories in the Universe. Research on these extreme and exotic objects already has produced two Nobel Prizes. Pulsar researchers now are poised ...
Study finds modern dog breeds genetically disconnected from ancient ancestors
Cross-breeding of dogs over thousands of years has made it extremely difficult to trace the ancient genetic roots of today's pets, according to a new study led by Durham University.
Research finds Neandertals, not modern humans, made first specialized bone tools in Europe
One day in 2011, undergraduate student Naomi Martisius was sorting through tiny bone remnants in the University of California, Davis, paleoanthropology lab when she stumbled across a peculiar piece.
Researchers use DNA to make crystals that can switch configurations
(Phys.org)—Beyond serving as the backbone of modern biology, DNA has come to be a molecule of great interest to engineers. That a DNA sequence will naturally bind only with a complementary sequence could make it part of ...
Find helps scientists map waves of migration across the continents
The discovery of an "early modern human" dating from 40,000 years ago in a cave outside Beijing, and a comparison of the individual's DNA with that of populations around the globe, are providing new pieces ...
Story of Newton's encounter with apple goes online
(AP) -- It always falls down. That's how the apple helped Isaac Newton.
Biodegradable transistors -- made from us
Silicon, a semi-conducting element, is the basis of most modern technology, including cellular phones and computers. But according to Tel Aviv University researchers, this material is quickly becoming outdated in an industry ...