How throwing evolved into humanity's greatest weapon

Most human athletic abilities have some equivalent in the animal kingdom. For example, the fastest humans can reach top speeds that aren’t even half those of cheetahs, antelopes, and countless other animals, and that’s hardly the only area where animals can crush our greatest athletes. But there’s one major exception:… » 6/30/13 1:00pm 6/30/13 1:00pm

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

Ancient humans were just having sex with everyone

We know that as ancient humans expanded into Eurasia, they began interbreeding with our Neanderthal cousins. But it now appears that the fun didn't start there - our ancestors also reproduced with precursors like Homo erectus and Homo habilis. » 9/06/11 4:31pm 9/06/11 4:31pm

Cooking may have driven human evolution nearly 2 million years ago

Modern humans spend significantly less time feeding than non-human primates. You spend an average of 5% of your waking hours consuming food, while your typical chimpanzee spends upwards of 33%. And it's all because of cooking. Now, newly published research suggests that our ancestors' abilities to whip up a hot meal… » 8/25/11 7:40am 8/25/11 7:40am