What's Hot in Human Origins?

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What's Hot in Human Origins


Check out the latest human origins discoveries and research findings! This is where we post hot-off-the-presses news in human origins. We read the original articles and summarize them in a clear, understandable way so you can keep up to date on all findings in this vibrant field of science.


September 11, 2015

Homo naledi discovered in an African cave

March 4, 2015

And a new look at Homo habilis

November 20, 2013

A new comparison with Homo sapiens

October 23, 2013

Only one lineage of early Homo? 

April 12, 2013

A different way of walking upright

October 14, 2012

Denisovan DNA sheds light on human uniqueness

August 16, 2012

At least three species of Homo coexisted in Africa nearly 2 million years ago

June 28, 2012

South African species ate bark, forest fruit, and woodland plants

June 15, 2012

Oldest cave art in Europe dates back to at least 40,800 years ago

March 28, 2012

Fossil foot discovery suggests humans had different ways of walking 

September 8, 2011

South African skeletons point to the origin of the genus Homo

June 26, 2011

What discoveries will be made this season at the Smithsonian excavations in Kenya?

February 11, 2011

Casts of recent fossil discovery on display in the Hall of Human Origins

January 5, 2011

Cooked Wild Barley Found In Neanderthal Teeth

December 10, 2010

Were hobbits hunted by giant storks?

August 12, 2010

Did Lucy’s species butcher animals 3.4 million years ago? 

July 7, 2010

Scientists have found the oldest known stone tools from Britain, more than 780,000 years old. This may signal the first early human migration to a cold, forested environment.

May 6, 2010

The Neanderthal genetic code is mapped!

March 24, 2010

Stone tools push back date of early human habitation on Flores

March 16, 2010

The Latest Famous Early Human Fossil

March 6, 2010

Newly discovered fossil crocodile may have been largest predator humans ever encountered

February 6, 2010

Going shoeless tempers impact, but effect on injuries uncertain