How to Solve Human Evolution’s Greatest Hoax
The "discovery" turned out to be the biggest hoax in the history of paleoanthropology
Tree Climbers, Wood Eaters, and More: The Top 10 Human Evolution Discoveries of 2012
This year's hominid finds illuminate the great diversity and adaptability of our ancient relatives
Top 7 Human Evolution Discoveries From South Africa
The search for humans' most ancient ancestors began in South Africa, where some of paleoanthropology's most iconic fossils have been found
Four Species of Homo You’ve Never Heard Of, Part II
The history of anthropology is littered with many now-defunct hominid species that no longer have a place on the human family tree
How Death Played a Role in the Evolution of Human Height
A longer life expectancy might have allowed members of the genus Homo to grow taller than earlier australopithecines, researchers propose
A Holiday Gift Guide for the Whole Human Family
An offering of books, bumper stickers, artwork and other knickknacks for the hominid enthusiast on your gift list
Primate Origins Tied to Rise of Flowering Plants
Scientists argue that grasping hands and feet, good vision and other primate adaptations emerged because the mammals plucked fruits from the ends of tree branches
Homo antecessor: Common Ancestor of Humans and Neanderthals?
A hominid that lived in Europe more than a million years ago might have given rise to Neanderthals and Homo sapiens, some anthropologists say
The Top Seven Human Evolution Discoveries From Tanzania
Fossil finds from Tanzania in the mid-20th century kicked off East African hominid hunting
Early Hominids Had a Taste for Grass
Unlike earlier hominids, the 3.5-million-year-old Australopithecus bahrelghazali ate grassland foods
Early Bow and Arrows Offer Insight Into Origins of Human Intellect
Tiny blades discovered in South Africa suggest early humans had advanced intelligence and modern culture 71,000 years ago
Did Lucy Walk Too Slow for Her Taller Group Mates?
Huge variability in Australopithecus afarensis height may have made it difficult for group members to walk together at the same speed
The Sun’s Swirling Green Gases of Wonder
Unprecedented images from space capture the Sun’s true beauty
Five Early Primates You Should Know
Scientists have identified dozens of early primates, based on teeth, but still have a hard time assessing how these mammals relate to modern primates
Why Are Humans Primates?
People may seem very different from lemurs, monkeys and apes, but all primates share a few key physical and behavioral characteristics
Fossilized Shoulder Reveals Early Hominids Climbed Trees
The shoulder blades of a 3.3-million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis child suggest the species spent at least some time in the treetops
The Mystery of Human Blood Types
The ABO blood group evolved at least 20 million years ago, but scientists still don't understand the purpose of blood types
Whatever Happened to Kenyanthropus platyops?
Scientists disagree over whether a 3.5-million-year-old skull is a flat-faced species of hominid or just a distorted example of Australopithecus afarensis
Clues to Ape (and Human) Evolution Can Be Seen in Sinuses
Would sinus headaches be more bearable if humans had descended from Asian apes instead of African apes?
The Top Ten Human Evolution Discoveries from Ethiopia
Home to Lucy, Ardi, the oldest stone tools, the first fossils of modern humans and many other discoveries, Ethiopia deserves the title of Cradle of Humankind