Neanderthals Used Eagle Talons To Make Some Seriously Badass Jewelry

Archaeologists have identified a remarkable piece of Neanderthal jewelry comprised of eight white-tailed eagle talons. Worn 130,000 years ago, the discovery shows that Neanderthals were capable of making sophisticated ornaments long before modern humans appeared on the scene. » 3/12/15 11:40am 3/12/15 11:40am

Check Out A Paleoanthropology Blog From The Late '90s

In 1998, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger teamed up with National Geographic to create a blog about his team's search for humanity's origins in Africa. The site (or, at least, parts of it) is still live. » 12/06/14 10:38am 12/06/14 10:38am

Discovery Of Oldest Human Poop Exposes The Original Paleo Diet

The recent discovery of 50,000-year-old human faecal remains in a Spanish cave shows that Neanderthals, in addition to consuming meat, ate lots of vegetables. It's the best proof yet that Neanderthals were omnivores — a diet that modern paleo-eaters will find very familiar. » 6/26/14 8:00am 6/26/14 8:00am

A rare, near-complete mammoth skeleton has been unearthed near Paris

You know what's rare? Woolly mammoth skeletons. You know what's even rarer? Beautifully preserved, near-complete, French woolly mammoth skeletons. Archaeologists just dug up the latter. » 11/08/12 8:00am 11/08/12 8:00am

A new human species has been identified in Africa

Homo erectus was not alone in ancient Africa. Newly discovered fossil evidence, detailed in the latest issue of Nature, strongly suggests that no fewer than three distinct species of early humans from the genus Homo co-existed on the continent between 1.7 and 2 million years ago. » 8/09/12 5:30pm 8/09/12 5:30pm

Gigantic Neanderthal noses are an evolutionary mystery

Neanderthals may have been our closest evolutionary ancestors, but they had at least one feature that alway set them apart from early humans: their incredibly large noses. But just why Neanderthals had such huge noses is an enduring evolutionary mystery. » 1/17/11 4:00pm 1/17/11 4:00pm

Extinction Events That Almost Wiped Out Humans

It turns out humanity has been almost wiped out a few times in our distant past. How did it happen, and what does it mean for the future of human evolution? » 3/25/10 5:30pm 3/25/10 5:30pm