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Human ancestors stayed in trees for longer than thought: Study

The findings lend new weight to the theory that our early ancestors continued to exploit the forest canopy for resources even as they evolved to walk on two legs, researchers said.

May 16, 2017, 00:45 AM IST

Chewing like cows helped early mammals survive mass extinction

 Pitch rotation results in basic up and down movement, and yaw rotation results in side-to-side, crosswise motion like a a cow munching away on grass.

Mar 28, 2017, 00:45 AM IST

Culture, technology-sharing helped us evolve

Contact between cultures has been vital to the survival and development of our common ancestors Homo sapiens.  

Feb 03, 2016, 13:03 PM IST

Last common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals revealed in 3D

The virtual 3D ancestral skull bears early hallmarks of both species.

Dec 18, 2015, 16:44 PM IST

Discovery of world's oldest tools prompts questions on 'brainy' human ancestors

Was there someone before human existence who had the same or may be higher intelligence level? A research conducted by scientists in the deserts of north western Kenya tries to answer this question after they found tools that dated back at least 700,000 years.

May 21, 2015, 13:27 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

Oldest human tools discovered in Africa?

 Researchers claim to have discovered the oldest human tools in Africa, dating back 3.3 million years - several hundred thousand years before our genus Homo hit the scene.

Apr 19, 2015, 15:27 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

Three-million-year-old ancestor had human-like hands: Study

The hand structure of early human ancestors who lived 3.2 million years ago suggests they had the ability to grasp and use tools, even if they hadn`t invented them yet, anthropologists said Thursday.

Jan 23, 2015, 01:15 AM IST

Gibbons may be using similar form of language as human ancestors to communicate

A new study has recently revealed that Gibbons might be communicating through a similar form of language used by human ancestors in the past.

Jan 12, 2015, 12:24 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

Human ancestors had Neanderthal like `inner ear`

In a re-examination of a 100,000-year-old early human skull, researchers have found the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in Neanderthals.

Jul 08, 2014, 15:13 PM IST

Human ancestors `smaller than rats`: Study

Early ancestors of human beings might be `miniscule monkeys` smaller than rats, an international study has said.

Jun 06, 2013, 13:41 PM IST

Human ancestors changed diet 3.5 million years ago

It is a major question why human ancestors didn`t seriously start exploiting savanna grasses until less than 4 million years ago.

Jun 04, 2013, 21:18 PM IST

Human ancestors recreated from ancient bones

Life-like models of the three human ancestors - Australopithecus Afarensis, Homo Erectus and Neanderthal man - have been re-created in 3-D from ancient bones.

Oct 23, 2012, 16:22 PM IST

Human ancestors ‘colonized’ Africa 39 mn yrs ago

A new study has found that anthropoids—the primate group that includes humans, apes, and monkeys—"colonized" Africa.

Oct 29, 2010, 08:47 AM IST