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Adding to the human family tree
New discoveries increase diversity in late Pleistocene Homo
Microevolution in a species
Small-scale evolutionary change in Paranthropus robustus
The earliest hominin?
Sahelanthropus femur leads to new thinking about the oldest human ancestor
Unstable environments favored flexibility
Environmental instability coincided with innovations in early Homo sapiens
My great grandpa is a Neanderthal
The first Homo sapiens in Europe had recent Neanderthal ancestors
A diversity of 2-million-year-old species
Homo erectus lived alongside Australopithecus, Paranthropus in southern Africa
Extinction of Homo erectus
Last fossils of a long-lived early human species
World’s oldest hunting scene?
Dramatic mural inside an Indonesian cave
The face of Lucy’s ancestor
Cranium of Australopithecus anamensis
First look at the face of Denisovans
A jawbone of enigmatic human relative found in Tibet