‘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

Tags: neanderthals science-and-technology early-humans stone-tools

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

Tags: dna evolution neanderthals science-and-technology early-humans ancient-history

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

Tags: dna evolution neanderthals fossils science-and-technology early-humans

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

Tags: evolution food teeth orangutans science-and-technology early-humans seeds

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

Tags: fossils indonesia science-and-technology early-humans

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

Tags: neanderthals extinction society-and-culture immune-systems early-humans

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

Tags: neanderthals featured society-and-culture early-humans adhesives

‘Next to zero’ chance that apelike fossil is our direct ancestor

A new analysis challenges the claim that a 2-million-year-old fossil came from a human ancestor.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago • futurity
May 14, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: evolution human-evolution fossils skeletons science-and-technology early-humans

Did eating fat out of bones give us our big brains?

While some scientists say eating meat let early human brains grow bigger, a new paper argues it was fat from bone marrow that got things started.

Mike Cummings-Yale • futurity
Feb. 7, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: evolution food brains meat science-and-technology dietary-fat early-humans

Two skeletons aren’t different hominin species after all

An in-depth investigation sorts out the relationship between two early hominin skeletons.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Jan. 18, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: evolution human-evolution fossils skeletons science-and-technology early-humans

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