What would happen if every creature in the animal kingdom had a human…

Who needs a fascinatingly creep-ball cartoon to kick off October? We're going to veto the lone dissenter in the peanut gallery because Hominid — this short animation by director Brian Andrews — is icky in all the right ways. In addition to this short, Andrews creates composite photography (which can be seen here) that… » 10/01/12 7:15am 10/01/12 7:15am

The last time we redefined what it means to be human

Over the past decade, you may have noticed more and more articles referring to "hominins" rather than "hominids." Just why are Homo sapiens and her ancestors now called hominins? The answer isn't just semantic — it has to do with a revolution in the way evolutionary biologists perceive humans' place in the tree of life. » 3/12/12 3:53pm 3/12/12 3:53pm

Modern humans may have evolved 200,000 years earlier than we thought

For early hominid hunters, there was no greater prize than an elephant. Kill just one of those, and a tribe could eat well for days. But when the elephants suddenly disappeared, something remarkable happened: Our hominid ancestors became more intelligent. » 12/15/11 2:09pm 12/15/11 2:09pm

If humanity went extinct, what species would replace us?

Could another species someday replace us as Earth's dominant intelligent life and, if so, which species? To answer that question, we need to understand just what intelligence really is. And why, from an evolutionary standpoint, an organism would even want it. » 3/09/11 9:35am 3/09/11 9:35am