Modern humans evolved around 300,000 years ago. New research suggests that the human brain didn’t evolve until much later, after at least 100,000 years ago.
Research on which paw cats prefer to use reveals females end to be right-handed, males left-handed. More importantly, these discoveries challenge many hypotheses we had about why hand preferences might evolve.
Neanderthals DNA has been recovered from individuals who lived after humans arrived in the region. Despite this, they lack signs of human DNA suggesting these Neanderthals avoided mating with us.
Macaques are the second most successful primate species on the planet (after humans). New research reveals the secret to their success is that more females survive to adulthood. Could something similar explain human success?
The Neanderthal extinction has often been explained by innate differences between our species. However, new research suggests our success may have been due to circumstance rather than birth.
Humans spend 20% of their energy budget on their brain. However, whilst we might be an expensive ape, other primates have costlier brains.
How social were prehistoric humans? Neanderthals seem to have remained isolated, but humans were different. We got to know their neighbours
Studying the day to day life of Neanderthals is difficult because we don’t have high-resolution data. But careful soot analysis changes that!
Chimps seem to learn from each other, producing a unique culture in each group. New research challenges this, saying behaviours is just invented each time.
Examining tooth growth indicates Neanderthals grew up faster than humans. However, new fossils reveal that they would actually grow up at the human rate.