Men Without Beards Could Soon Have An Evolutionary Advantage

Hipsters take note: Beards may be all the rage — and they might be making you more attractive for now — but this is a fashion trend that could ultimately be the cause of its own undoing. » 4/16/14 12:40pm Wednesday 12:40pm

Why Does It Matter If Homo sapiens Had Sex With Neanderthals?

Evidence has been piling up for a while that early humans in Europe had children with the Neanderthals who had been living there for probably 500 thousand years before humans arrived. Very few Neanderthal genes are left in humans today, so what difference does it make? A lot, both genetically and philosophically. » 4/02/14 8:48pm 4/02/14 8:48pm

How did Neanderthal genes affect humanity? Here are some answers.

If you're a non-African person, you've got a little Neanderthal in your genome. In fact, maybe you have some other hominins in there, too. But just what kind of genetic legacy did some of us inherit from the Neanderthals? Two new scientific papers provide some intriguing hints. » 1/29/14 2:55pm 1/29/14 2:55pm

The mystery of the human intelligence explosion

Over the past 200,000 years since Homo sapiens evolved, something extraordinary happened. Somehow, we went from being clever monkeys with stone tools, to being insanely brilliant masterminds who use complex language, and control the planet with agriculture and technology. How did we start the intelligence explosion… » 12/05/13 3:42pm 12/05/13 3:42pm

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

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Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the… » 11/15/13 10:52am 11/15/13 10:52am

More evidence that Neanderthals made jewelry and art

Neanderthals have a reputation as grunting dimwits who lived animalistic lives in caves. But modern scientific discoveries have changed this picture dramatically. The latest discovery to overturn this myth offers evidence that Neanderthals painted shells like this one, and kept them as art or jewelry. » 7/17/13 5:00pm 7/17/13 5:00pm

How will biotechnology change human evolution?

A somewhat tongue-in-cheek article in The Guardian is proposing some rather interesting predictions for the future of humanity — changes to human form and function that would even make some of the X-Men jealous. » 7/10/13 12:20pm 7/10/13 12:20pm

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

A long anthropological debate may be on the cusp of resolution

Over the past half-century, our understanding of human evolution has changed dramatically. And now, it seems that one of the outstanding debates about Homo sapiens has become a lot more complicated — because both sides may be right. » 6/18/13 11:00am 6/18/13 11:00am

Ask biologist Marlene Zuk anything you want about human evolution

Marlene Zuk is an evolutionary biologist, and the author of the new book Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live. It's a cogent and funny look at common myths about human evolution. Today she's here from 12-1 PM Pacific Time to talk to you about evolution. » 5/24/13 11:00am 5/24/13 11:00am

Ancient hominids may have left the trees, but we never abandoned them

If you're quickly trying to define what sets humans apart from other primates, you might first point to our greater intelligence and our capacity for complex language. The next big difference is that we walk on two feet and stay out of the trees... except, as this video explains, it's not quite that simple. » 1/01/13 2:59pm 1/01/13 2:59pm

Scientists uncover the oldest complete human ancestor skeleton yet…

Late last year we reported on the remarkable discovery of a new ancient human ancestor, Australopithecus sediba — a finding that re-wrote the science books. Further research revealed that they were tree dwelling creatures who liked to eat tree bark. But given the small clues they left behind, we didn't have much else… » 7/14/12 11:40am 7/14/12 11:40am

10 of the Weirdest Futurist Scenarios for the Evolution of Humanity

When science fiction writers and futurists imagine humans of the far future, they never think our descendants are going to look exactly the same as we do now. After all, we'll have access to powerful tools to turn us into cyborgs and hack our DNA, so there's no limit to how we could reinvent ourselves. » 7/04/12 10:17am 7/04/12 10:17am