Human evolution is one of the most vibrant areas of scientific investigation. In the past decade we’ve seen many discoveries that add to our understanding of our origins. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s “David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins,” here are some of the biggest discoveries in human evolution from the…
Neolithic hunter-gatherers who erected massive monoliths in central Turkey 11,500 years ago had command of geometry and a much more complex society than previously thought, archaeologists say.
In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, archaeologists analyzed the molecular remains of food preserved in 6,000-7,000-year-old pottery from 246 pottery sherds from 24 Neolithic sites situated between Portugal and Normandy as well as the Western Baltic.
Warriors during the Bronze Age used their weapons in skilful ways that would have required lots of training in specific techniques, researchers say.
Djehuty Project, a Spanish archaeological mission led by José Manuel Galán, of the CSIC, discovers a coffin with a female mummy of about 15 or 16 years old buried with two earrings, two rings and four necklaces, one of them of great value This 19th campaign of the project has also unearthed a small coffin…
The average European carries more than 500 genetic ‘fragments’ from Neanderthals and other archaic human species, a study has found. Among this heritage is included genes that are linked to prostate cancer risk, iron retention, blood clotting speed and smaller height.
Homo heidelbergensis used the wooden weapons to hunt waterbirds and horses. The stick made out of spruce could reach speeds of nearly 100 feet per second. The ancient weapon spun powerfully around a centre of gravity towards a targe.
Researchers at the University of Tübingen have shown that the shape of human teeth can be used to reconstruct genetic relationships.
Believed to be between the cities of Driebes and Illana on banks of Tagus river.
The CENIEH has contributed to characterizing the use of these shaped stone balls to extract bone marrow at the Israeli site of Qesem Cave by analyzing the use-wear traces and detecting residues of bone and fat.
Ruth Blasco, Taphonomy researcher at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), has participated in a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports which demonstrates the considerable alteration and anatomical bias produced by wild carnivores once places inhabited by Paleolithic hominins have been abandoned.
The CENIEH has participated in a study where spectroscopic techniques were used to investigate the cause of the red coloration of the stalagmites in Goikoetxe Cave and its possible use as an indicator of paleoclimatic changes in northern Spain.