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New haul of ancient human remains raises evolution questions

What's been described as an ;amazing haul' of ancient human remains has been discovered in an important cave site in South Africa. The remains are of the species Homo naledi.

Human migration — a study of our first road trip out of Africa

Three studies published in the journal Nature on Wednesday tackle the question of when did humans begin the great migration that led them out of Africa to populate the world.

Tools 3.3. million years old found in Kenya, oldest on record

A discovery of 3.3-million-year-old crude stone tools in Kenya has archeologists rethinking humankind's past. Hominids (that would be us) were thought to have invented tools 2.6 million years ago so the find raises the stature of an earlier relative.

What gave modern humans an advantage over Neanderthals?

Modern humans (Homo sapiens) lived alongside Neanderthals. What was it in the genetic makeup of humans that gave them the advantage to survive, whilst Neanderthals did not?

Humans and Neanderthals 'not so different'

Scientists have found very little evidence to suggest modern humans are superior to their Neanderthal ancestors. The research team argues that the stereotype of the primitive Neanderthal is now gradually eroding.

Can't quit smoking? Blame it on our Neanderthal ancestors

Homo sapiens and Neanderthals co-existed on earth for thousands of years. Then, about 30,000 years ago, the Neanderthals became extinct. Last year, a near-complete reconstruction of the Neanderthal genome was published, showing some interesting results.

Op-Ed: Recent science discoveries confirm Neanderthal humanity

For many years, Neanderthal people were falsely portrayed as brutish and primitive ape-men, but with every new science discovery, anthropologists learn that Neanderthals were completely human.

Op-Ed: Early humans were more advanced than previously believed

For many years, Darwinian science illustrators depicted early humans as apelike and primitive. However, as paleo-anthropologists discover more information, their evidence points toward more advanced prehistoric human populations.

Evidence for interbreeding with Neanderthals, only Africans pure

Leipzig - An international team of scientists have successfully sequenced the Neanderthal genome, and the evidence shows that humans in Europe, Asia and Papua New Guinea carry Neanderthal genes - while African peoples are 100 percent human.

Study: Neanderthals may have been eaten by Homo sapiens

Homo sapiens may have been responsible for butchering Neanderthals in the Stone Age. Evidence for this theory has been found on a jawbone in France. The bone was covered in cut marks similar to those found when humans stripped the flesh from animals.

Drought in tropical East Africa responsible for emigration of early proto-humans?

Scientists say that, about 100,000 years ago, exceptional droughts in tropical East Africa are thought to be the direct cause of the emigration of Homo sapiens from the African continent.

The Origin of Humans: South-central Africa

Humans came from Africa. There were no Neanderthals or "hobbits" in human family tree. According to the new study, pattern of skull variations found around the world bolsters the "earlier species" theory.
 

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Between 2% and 4% of the genetic blueprint of present-day non-Africans came from Neanderthals.
Between 2% and 4% of the genetic blueprint of present-day non-Africans came from Neanderthals.
Jodie Wilson from Mountain View, USA
artifacts found at the Jebel Irhoud site.
artifacts found at the Jebel Irhoud site.
Nature
South view of the site with the inset showing the location of Irhoud in northwest Africa. The remain...
South view of the site with the inset showing the location of Irhoud in northwest Africa. The remaining deposits are located in what was a tunnel-like karstic feature dipping to the east that was later fully exposed.
Journal Nature-Letter
A Tel Aviv University photo shows the Qesem Cave near Rosh Haayin  in central Israel  where human te...
A Tel Aviv University photo shows the Qesem Cave near Rosh Haayin, in central Israel, where human teeth were found. According to Researchers from Tel Aviv University they have uncovered finds that indicate the existence of modern man (Homo sapiens) in Israel as early as about 400,000 years ago.
Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
The oldest Homo sapiens fossil to date unearthed in Morocco.
The oldest Homo sapiens fossil to date unearthed in Morocco.
Nature
A Tel Aviv University handout photo shows human teeth found in the Qesem Cave near Rosh Haayin  in c...
A Tel Aviv University handout photo shows human teeth found in the Qesem Cave near Rosh Haayin, in central Israel. According to researchers from Tel Aviv University they have uncovered finds that indicate the existence of modern man (Homo sapiens) in Israel as early as about 400,000 years ago.
Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
A photograph of a reconstruction of a Neanderthal male from the Neanderthal Museum.
A photograph of a reconstruction of a Neanderthal male from the Neanderthal Museum.
Ökologix
Sunrise in Africa. Regardless of where we live in the world today  we owe it to those early humans t...
Sunrise in Africa. Regardless of where we live in the world today, we owe it to those early humans that took the raod trip of a lifetime.
Jon Sullivan
Natives of Papua New Guinea possess 2.0 percent of a genome that shows an independent expansion out ...
Natives of Papua New Guinea possess 2.0 percent of a genome that shows an independent expansion out of Africa about 120,000 years ago.
eGuide Travel
Migration out of Africa
Migration out of Africa
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Neanderthal DNA  is found in regions of the genome affecting hair  skin and nails. This mutation was...
Neanderthal DNA is found in regions of the genome affecting hair, skin and nails. This mutation was needed for the survival of the species as we migrated toward the northerly regions of the world. The picture shows a group of Mountain Sami people in Lyngen, Troms in Norway.
T. Høegh