Human Evolution

From hiccups to wisdom teeth, our own bodies are worse off than most because of the differences between the wilderness in which we evolved and the modern world in which we live.

The Top Ten Daily Consequences of Having Evolved

From hiccups to wisdom teeth, the evolution of man has left behind some glaring, yet innately human, imperfections

Ardi (right) lived in a forest in Africa.  Her fossil skeleton shows that she walked upright and yet had an opposable toe, good for climbing trees.

The Human Family's Earliest Ancestors

Studies of hominid fossils, like 4.4-million-year-old "Ardi," are changing ideas about human origins


The Tragic Tale of the Pygmy in the Zoo

In 1904, several Pygmies were brought to live in the anthropology exhibit at the St. Louis World's Fair


Animal Insight

Recent studies illustrate which traits humans and apes have in common—and which they don't


Wild Things: Life As We Know It

Human behavior, primate intelligence, meal planning, tree-dwelling orchids and detangling history


Testimony from the Iceman

The 5,000-plus-year-old Neolithic man discovered a decade ago is telling scientists how he lived and died

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