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World’s oldest string found at French Neanderthal site

Posted on 13 Nov 2013 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Call it prehistoric string theory. The earliest evidence of string has been found – apparently created by our Neanderthal cousins. Perishable materials usually rot away, so the oldest string on record only dates back 30,000 years. The new string, preserved as 0.7-millimetre-long twisted plant fibres, are three times as old. Image: oui-ennui

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Bone tools suggest Neanderthals taught us skills

Posted on 12 Aug 2013 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

A team of archaeologists has found evidence to suggest that Neanderthals were the first to produce a type of specialised bone tool, still used in some modern cultures today. The find is the best evidence yet that we may have – on rare occasions – learned a trick or two from our extinct cousins. Image: Abri Peyrony and Pech-de-l’Azé I Projects

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Arabian flights: early Eurasians diverged in 150 years

Posted on 2 Aug 2013 in Genetics, Human Origins, Journalism

Humanity’s dramatic race across the Old World after it left its African cradle has been told countless times. But for a true sense of the rapidity of events, look no further than the Y chromosome. The most comprehensive analysis of the Y yet shows that three key human groups appeared within just 150 years. Image: shabzillaa

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Chimps have experimented with sex more than humans

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 in Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

With living apes so variable in their sexual preferences, it’s tough to work out the sex habits of the ancestor common to humans and chimps. But Michael Jensen-Seaman and Scott Hergenrother at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania think that it is the chimps – not humans – that have experimented with new sexual behaviours since our lineages diverged. Image: dullhunk

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The strange ape that’s rewriting our family tree

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 in Evolution, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

The human evolutionary tree is looking more tangled than ever: as many as six species of human-like apes were around during the crucial period from 2.5 to 1.8 million years ago when the first upright apes with relatively large brains evolved – and the one that gave rise to modern humans may have lived not in East Africa but in the south. Image: Lee Berger

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Tree-loving orang-utans hang out on the forest floor

Posted on 3 Jul 2013 in Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

Orang-utans may be perfectly adapted for swinging through trees, but new observations suggest they also spend a surprising amount of time hanging out on the ground. The finding could have implications for conserving the endangered species – and perhaps help efforts to understand why our ancient ancestors left the trees. Image: Brent Loken

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