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 | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

‘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 | May 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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

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 | Feb. 7, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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

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 | Jan. 18, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

‘Flowstones’ change timeline of early human ancestors

Flowstones, such as stalactites and stalagmites, are offering researchers new information about fossils from the "Cradle of Humankind."

Gerry Everding-WUSTL | Dec. 4, 2018 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology caves climate-change early-humans fossils

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