Clovis only made stone tools for about 300 years

The Clovis, some of North America's oldest inhabitants, probably only made stone tools for about 300 years, new research shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~5 min

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Did early humans cook with hot springs before fire?

Evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled long before the control of fire suggests early humans may have used them for cooking.

U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Do stone tools put humans in America 30K years ago?

Researchers say DNA from stone tools from in a Mexican cave suggests humans first arrived in America about 15,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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‘Modern’ tools weren’t from Neanderthals, after all

Scientists thought Neanderthals might have created tools from a cave in what's now Bulgaria, but new research shows Homo sapiens may deserve credit.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Modern humans and Neanderthals share tangled genetic past

New research adds to growing evidence that our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals not just once, but over and over again throughout history.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

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Oldest human genetic data may expand our ‘family tree’

The oldest human genetic data ever recovered could shed light on the evolution of our ancestors and clarify the branches of the human family tree.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Tests suggest our ancestors could’ve eaten super hard food

Tests with orangutan teeth indicate that our early human ancestors could have eaten some really hard plant parts.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Jan. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Evidence in Java says humans and Homo erectus didn’t overlap

Dating sediment from a cave in Java leads scientists to conclude that ancient humans and Homo erectus didn't meet.

U. Queensland • futurity
Jan. 6, 2020 ~4 min

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Did disease buy time before Neanderthal extinction?

A new theory about Neanderthal extinction points to disease transmission as the culprit—both for their end, and for why it came about so slowly.

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~5 min

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Why glue isn’t proof of Neanderthal smarts

Neanderthals made birch bark glue, which has been considered evidence of their sophistication. But what if it's actually super easy to make?

Kathleen Hamilton-NYU • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~3 min

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