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Our common ancestor with chimps may be from Europe, not Africa

Posted on 22 May 2017 in Human Origins, Journalism, Palaeontology

The last common ancestor we shared with chimps seems to have lived in the eastern Mediterranean – not in East Africa as generally assumed. Or, at least, that’s the controversial conclusion of a new study. Image: Wolfgang Gerber, University of Tübingen

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We have still not found the missing link between us and apes

Posted on 18 May 2017 in Evolution, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Scientists have been on the trail of our Last Common Ancestor with other apes for decades, and they still have not found it. But many are convinced that they have established enough information to make the hunt a lot easier. Image: ex_magician

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Meet ‘Neo’, the most complete skeleton of Homo naledi ever found

Posted on 9 May 2017 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Researchers have recovered 130 additional hominin bones and teeth belonging to Homo naledi from a second chamber in Rising Star. They say the discoveries have the potential to transform our understanding of how and where the first humans evolved. Image: Wits University/John Hawks

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Ancient humans: What we know and still don’t know about them

Posted on 3 May 2017 in Human Origins, Journalism

Who were our ancient human relatives? Here is New Scientist’s primer to help you understand a little bit more about seven of the most important human species in our evolutionary tree. Image: Vegansoldier

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Homo naledi is only 250,000 years old – here’s why that matters

Posted on 25 Apr 2017 in Earth Science, Human Origins, Journalism

In 2013, Lee Berger at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and his colleagues made an extraordinary discovery – deep inside a South African cave system they found thousands of bones belonging to a brand new species of early human — and now we finally may know when this species lived and how it fits into our evolutionary tree. Image: pijpers662

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Mystery human species Homo naledi had tiny but advanced brain

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 in Homo floresiensis, Human Origins

It’s not the size of your brain, it’s how you organise it. The most recently discovered species of early human had a skull only slightly larger than a chimpanzee’s, but its brain looked surprisingly like our own – particularly in an area of the frontal lobe with links to language. Image: GovernmentZA

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