Early humans

Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study

Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study

The slimmer pelvis of our species entails greater difficulty for childbirth, but it reduces the force that the abductor muscles of the hip have to exert to maintain the stability of the pelvis while walking.

Dec 18, 2017, 16:44 PM IST
This is why prehistoric humans avoided inbreeding

This is why prehistoric humans avoided inbreeding

A study suggests that the early development of more complex mating systems may at least partly explain why anatomically modern humans thrived while other species, such as Neanderthals, did not. 

Oct 07, 2017, 12:07 PM IST
Competition over mammoth meat may have wiped out Neanderthals

Competition over mammoth meat may have wiped out Neanderthals

The first representatives of Homo sapiens colonised Europe around 43,000 years ago, replacing the Neanderthals there approximately 3,000 years later.

Aug 06, 2017, 19:07 PM IST
Humans drove gigantic ancient mammals to extinction

Humans drove gigantic ancient mammals to extinction

Early humans, not climate change, were the dominant cause of the extinction of a variety of species of giant beasts.

Aug 14, 2015, 13:18 PM IST

Early human ancestors were cannibals: Study

Some early humans in England were cannibals who ate human flesh, gnawed on bones and split them to feast on the marrow inside, a new study has found.

Apr 20, 2015, 14:17 PM IST

1.9mn-yr-old fossils reveal greater diversity in early humans than previously thought

A new study of ancient fossils has revealed that species of early human ancestors differed throughout other parts of their skeletons and had distinct body forms.

Mar 10, 2015, 13:13 PM IST

Compassion predates intelligence in early humans

Early humans developed kindness, compassion and a sense of beauty long before the emergence of intelligence, a new study has claimed.

Feb 22, 2015, 17:08 PM IST

12-mn-year-old fossil may reveal when humans began to walk

A recently found fossil may make anthropologists rewrite the whole evolutionary history of how the early humans first began to walk upright on their two legs.

Feb 05, 2015, 19:46 PM IST

Ancestral diet was based on survival not health

If you plan to emulate the diet of plants and animals eaten by our ancestors, remember that it was focused on survival and had little to do with maintaining a balance, a new research suggests.

Dec 28, 2014, 17:05 PM IST

Turkey's oldest stone tool discovered

 Scientists have discovered the oldest recorded stone tool ever to be found in Turkey, providing a new insight into when and how early humans dispersed out of Africa and Asia.

Dec 24, 2014, 17:12 PM IST

Early humans' rock art originated in Africa not Europe

Analysing ancient rock art across South-east Asia, researchers have found that the art originated with our ancestors in Africa, not Europe as some claimed.

Nov 30, 2014, 16:36 PM IST
Early humans survived the last Ice Age: Study

Early humans survived the last Ice Age: Study

The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the ferocious Ice Age that took hold after the continent was initially settled by modern people, a new study has found.

Nov 10, 2014, 18:08 PM IST

Neanderthals and early humans did not meet on the Iberian Peninsula

Scientists have said that a research that they are taking part in has revealed that Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not meet on the Iberian Peninsula.

Apr 15, 2014, 12:08 PM IST

Early humans looked after their nutrition and security

Researchers have claimed 300,000 years before the emergence of anatomically modern humans, prehistoric people chose to predominantly live on islands in the flood plains of major rivers.

Dec 11, 2013, 14:48 PM IST

Neanderthal `homes` were tidy and organised

Neanderthals, like modern humans, had separate areas in their shelters dedicated to various activities and household chores, according to a new study.

Dec 07, 2013, 15:01 PM IST

Early humans hunted giant prehistoric elephant for its meat

Early humans, who lived thousands of years before Neanderthals, were able to work together in groups to hunt and slaughter animals as large as the prehistoric elephant for their meat, scientists say.

Sep 20, 2013, 22:39 PM IST

Lost river helped lead early ancestors out of Africa

A climate model has suggested that the early humans may have left sub-Saharan Africa behind, by following a vast and fertile river system to the Mediterranean.

Sep 17, 2013, 15:17 PM IST

Early humans didn`t begin walking upright to see further on plains of Africa

A new study has challenged a long-held theory that our ancestors evolved to walk on two legs to help them see farther on Africa`s vast open grasslands.

Feb 21, 2013, 10:47 AM IST

Why early humans shed hair for naked skin

Hairless skin among humans first evolved as a way to keep cool.

Feb 17, 2013, 12:46 PM IST

Early humans subsisted on plants: Study

Our very early ancestors in central Africa subsisted on a diet of tropical grasses and sedges between three and 3.5 million years ago, says a new finding.

Dec 17, 2012, 15:09 PM IST

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