Archaeopteryx: The Transitional Fossil
Archaeopteryx was an evolutionary link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds. Scientists long thought Archaeopteryx was the first bird, but recent discoveries have made them rethink that status.
The Darwin Fish Is a Real Fossil, and Creationists Hate It
We all know the Darwin fish, the car-bumper send-up of the Christian ichthys symbol, or Jesus fish. Unlike the Christian symbol, the Darwin fish has, y ...
Australia's Mungo Man May Be Repatriated
Discovered in a dry lake bed in southeastern Australia in 1970, the 43,000-year-old skeleton known as Mungo Man is the oldest known Australian. Since being found, his remains have been kept at Australian National University, and they are no longer being studied. Now Aboriginal groups are negotiating with officials for the return of the remains to Lake Mungo National Park, where they would be reunited with the 20,000-year-old skeleton dubbed Mungo Lady who was uncovered not far from Mungo…
New instrument dates old skeleton before 'Lucy'; 'Little Foot' is 3.67 million years old | Amazing Science
A skeleton skeleton named Little Foot is among the oldest hominid skeletons ever dated at 3.67 million years old, according to an advanced dating method. Little Foot is a rare, nearly complete skeleton of Australopithecus first discovered 21 years ago in a cave at Sterkfontein, in central South Africa. The new date places Little Foot as an older relative of Lucy, a famous Australopithecus skeleton dated at 3.2 million years old that was found in Ethiopia. It is thought that Australopithecus…
Nature identified the fossil remains - the oldest and most complete infant skeleton found to date - as those of a three-year-old girl who lived 3.3 million years ago. She belongs to the species Australopithecus afarensis, of which the iconic adult skeleton, nicknamed 'Lucy', is also a member.
Selam, a 3.3-million-year-old human ancestor (Australopithecus afarensis specimen) from Ethiopia. She is known as "The World's Oldest Child", because she is the oldest known fossil of a child. The skeleton comprises almost the entire skull and torso and many parts of the limbs. The features of the skeleton suggest adaptation to walking upright as well as tree-climbing.
How Neanderthal are you? Check your hair and skin | CBC News
Many of the genes that help determine most people's skin and hair are more Neanderthal than not, according to two new studies that look at the DNA fossils hidden in the modern human genome.
Did a megaflood kill off America's first metropolis?
Experts believe they may have solved the mystery of why America's first metropolis, Cahokia, became a major political and cultural centre until 1200 - but then disappeared.
How Neanderthal DNA Helps Humanity | Quanta Magazine
Neanderthals and Denisovans may have endowed modern humans with genetic variants that helped them thrive in new environments.
Europe Was a Melting Pot From the Start, Ancient DNA Reveals
Genetic analysis of a 37,000-year-old human bone from Russia suggests widespread intermingling during Paleolithic times.
Crows caught on camera fashioning special hook tools: Scientists have been given an extraordinary glimpse into how wild New Caledonian crows make and use 'hooked stick tools' to hunt for insect prey
Scientists have been given an extraordinary glimpse into how wild New Caledonian crows make and use 'hooked stick tools' to hunt for insect prey. Biologists have captured first recordings documenting how these tropical corvids fashion these particularly complex tools in the wild.