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Who are you? How the story of human origins is being rewritten

Posted on 23 Aug 2017 in Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

Over the past 15 years, almost every part of our story, every assumption about who our ancestors were and where we came from, has been called into question. The new insights have some unsettling implications for how long we have walked the earth, and even who we really are. Image: Ryan Somma

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Child tooth is fourth fossil clue to mysterious Denisovan humans

Posted on 7 Jul 2017 in Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

Three becomes four. The extraordinarily sparse fossil record of the Denisovans – an ancient form of human – has gained one more specimen: a tiny, worn tooth belonging to a young girl. Image: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186

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Our species may be 150,000 years older than we thought

Posted on 7 Jun 2017 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Has our species been hiding its real age? Fossils found in Morocco suggest the Homo sapiens lineage became distinct as early as 350,000 years ago – adding as much as 150,000 years to our species’ history. Image: Philipp Gunz, MPI EVA Leipzig

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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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Resurrected organisms reveal life’s bare essentials

Posted on 17 May 2017 in Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Life

Resurrected microbes aren’t just fascinating oddities. By inhabiting a twilight zone between life and death, they offer a unique opportunity to probe the very nature of life itself. Image: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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