Archaeology

Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding

Early humans seem to have recognized the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to...
700-year-old saint myth has been proven (almost) true

700-year-old saint myth has been proven (almost) true

Scientists confirm that the age and content of an old sack is in accordance with a medieval myth about Saint Francis of Assisi. For more...
Scientists track the brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds

Scientists track the brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds

The dramatic, dinosaur-to-bird transition that occurred in reptiles millions of years ago was accompanied by profound changes in the skull roof of those animals. This...
Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth

Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth

Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on...
Why our ancestors would have aced the long jump

Why our ancestors would have aced the long jump

A 52-million-year-old ankle fossil suggests our prehuman ancestors were high-flying acrobats. These first primates spent most of their time in the trees rather than on...
Why are fossilized hairs so rare?

Why are fossilized hairs so rare?

When most people hear the word fossil, they probably think of gigantic leg bones or sharp teeth. But, given the right conditions, after an animal...
Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution

Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution

Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years...
Farming, cheese, chewing changed human skull shape

Farming, cheese, chewing changed human skull shape

The advent of farming, especially dairy products, had a small but significant effect on the shape of human skulls, according to a recently published...
The dinosaur museum that visits you

The dinosaur museum that visits you

The vast expanses of the Gobi Desert are a prime destination for paleontologists. Since the 1920s, expeditions to the Gobi have unearthed thousands of dinosaur...
400 million year old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

400 million year old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

A new study from ANU on a 400 million year old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary...