Researchers have discovered a single gene that caused inhabitants of the Solomon Islands to have the unique combination of very dark skin and very blond hair. On Thursday, the journal Science reported that a single gene mutation is responsible for
The oldest red blood cells ever identified have been found in the body of Ötzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found in the Alps in 1991.
Natural forces of evolution still continue to shape humanity despite the power we have to profoundly alter the world around us, researchers say.
Around 2,900 years ago, an ancient Egyptian man, likely in his 20s, passed away after suffering from a rare, cancerlike disease that may also have left him with a type of diabetes.
Agriculture probably initially expanded because farmers pressed north through the continent, not because hunter-gatherers adopted the practice on their own, Scandinavian scientists say.
How genetics is solving the riddle of the origins of our pets and livestock
Analyzing DNA from four ancient skeletons and comparing it with thousands of genetic samples from living humans, a group of Scandinavian scientists reported that agriculture initially spread through Europe because farmers expanded their territory nor
Elephants have long been known to be part of the Homo erectus diet.
An international team led by the University of Toronto and Hebrew University has identified the earliest known evidence of the use of fire by human ancestors.
Previous genetic research showed that, surprisingly, instead of coming from Africa, the people living on the island off the east coast of Africa seem to have come from Indonesia, another island nation a quarter of the world, or some 3,500 miles (abou
The bones, which represent at least five individuals, have been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago. But scientists are calling them simply the Red Deer Cave people, after one of the sites where they were unearthed.
Stone age remains of people with a penchant for home-cooked venison could represent a new human evolutionary line
When the crew of the Virginia scallop trawler Cinmar hauled a mastodon tusk onto the deck in 1970, another oddity dropped out of the net: a dark, tapered stone blade, nearly eight inches long and still sharp. Forty years later, this rediscovered p
In an ancient tomb located below a modern condominium building in Jerusalem, archaeologists have found ossuaries — bone boxes for the dead — bearing engravings that could represent the earliest archaeological evidence of Christians ever found. Th
uman temporal lobes, involved in language, memory and social functions as well as the olfactory bulbs are relatively larger in Homo sapiens than in Neanderthals. "The structures which receive olfactory input are approximately 12% larger in modern
Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in the mountains of North Georgia believed to be at least 1,100 years old.
Their key finding is that the main step change in social behaviour occurred when primates switched from being mainly active at night to being more active during the day.
The experts were able to find a 99% match with rock samples from Pembrokeshire, Wales with the rhyolite debitage rocks at Stonehenge. Ixer called their discovery, “quite unexpected and exciting.”
Creation Stories, and Darwinian Evolution could therefore be regarded as a “romaticization” of the genetic modification programme which this group had launched against the human populations which they had abducted, and would apparently ever
Peruvian anthropologist Renato Davila Riquelme has discovered the remains of an unidentified creature with a "triangle shaped" skull nearly as large as its 20-inch-tall body.
When you look back on the history of past civilizations, a striking feature is the speed with which most of them collapsed, regardless of the cause.
Kevin Annett joins Alex to discuss the dig in Canada to unearth the remains of thousands of indigenous children that met a mysterious end.
Before the invention of the compass, Norse adventurers travelled thousands of kilometres across the oceans toward Greenland and most likely as far as North America centuries ahead of Christopher Columbus.
This method suggested the teeth were between 43,000 and 45,000 years old, making them the oldest known modern human remains in Europe. Benazzi said the new age means ornaments and bone tools found at the site and attributed to Neanderthals were in
Man's ancestors mated with Neanderthals and other related hominids during human evolution, according to a new study.
David Friedman explains the legal systems of many cultures, past and present.
The rib, from a tusked beast known as a mastodon, has been dated precisely to 13,800 years ago. This places it before the so-called Clovis hunters, who many academics had argued were the North American continent's original inhabitants.
In terms of the remaining tales, isolated tribes not participating in the slave trade appear plausible candidates as does the ritual slaughter of captured enemies that could have supported occasional cannibalism in the case of the oft maligned Aztec.
The main finding of the study, published Sept. 18 in Nature Genetics, is that the San, an indigenous group of hunter gatherers from southern Africa, diverged from other human populations earlier than previously thought - about 130,000 years ago. In c