For most of our history humans appear to have lived in egalitarian groups, without a leader commanding obedience. However, at some point in the last 15,000 years many cultures underwent a social change; developing an organised, hierarchical leadership. Given the current state of politics; many of you may be jokingly asking why they made such…
A new study claims to have finally settled the debate on what Homo floresiensis (also called the hobbit) was: it was a human with Down syndrome. However, I think this research suffers from a pretty major flaw
Fossils suggest cancer might have been affecting humans 1.5 million years ago; but there is some debate. Just how old is cancer?
“Man the hunter” is a common view of how hunter-gatherers obtain their food. However, a prehistoric engraving shows a woman along on a hunt too. Could it be that men being the primary hunters is a recent phenomenon.
Dogs were one of the earliest animals to be domesticated, resulting in changes to their behaviour. But it also seems to have changed their appearance too.
A SNP has been identified that is linked with a larger hippocampus
How to identify the skulls of your ancestors, part 2
How to identify the skulls of our ancestors
New findings push back origin of Homo rudolfensis from 1.9 million years ago to 2.058!
Being able to recognise yourself in the mirror is a sign you’re self-aware, which is a key step on the road towards theory of mind and other complex thought processes. It has long been thought that monkeys cannot recognise themselves in the mirror, or can they?