Early fire, prehistoric colonists and baffled scientists. It’s this week in human evolution!
Throwing stuff is kind of a big deal; whether it’s spears at prey or balls at the other team. How far back can this key human behaviour be traced?
In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. But why wasn’t there a Native American explorer sailing in the opposite direction? Researchers have been trying to explain such cultural differences between groups for decades, but have they been barking up the wrong tree?
Humans have used tools to conquer the world; but it didn’t look like our brains had actually evolved to be good at making them. New research sheds light on this weird contradiction
New research shows chimps are learning from one another. This terrifies me.
A reader asks “what did prehistoric people wear”. I answer
Chimps are strong, smart and dangerous. So what’s holding them back from world domination?
Kanzi the chimp has learnt how to start fire
A new paper claims that Neanderthal technology was just as good as that made by contemporary humans; so can’t explain why they died out but we did not.
Indigenous Tasmanians colonised the island armed with a complex toolkit. But most of their fancy technology has since been lost. How could this happen and what does it mean for human evolution?