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The homeland of modern humans

A landmark study pinpoints the birthplace of modern humans in southern Africa and suggests how past climate shifts drove their first migration. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must reconstruct the ecosystems in which they lived. Because putting together the puzzle of millions-of-years-old ecosystems is a difficult task, many studies draw analogies with present-day African ecosystems, such as … Continue reading

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Humans migrated to Mongolia much earlier than previously believed

Stone tools uncovered in Mongolia by an international team of archaeologists indicate that modern humans traveled across the Eurasian steppe about 45,000 years ago. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient molar points to interbreeding between archaic humans and Homo sapiens in Asia

An analysis of a 160,000-year-old archaic human molar fossil discovered in China offers the first morphological evidence of interbreeding between archaic humans and Homo sapiens in Asia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Early humans used northern migration routes to reach eastern Asia

Northern and Central Asia have been neglected in studies of early human migration, with deserts and mountains being considered uncompromising barriers. However, a new study argues that humans may have moved through these extreme settings in the past under wetter … Continue reading

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Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, research on teeth shows

Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based estimates, according to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Traces of crawling in Italian cave give clues to ancient humans’ social behavior

Using multiple methods of analysis, researchers have identified the movements of a group of humans as they explored an Italian cave system during the late Stone Age. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Statistical study finds it unlikely South African fossil species is ancestral to humans

Paleontologists finds that it is unlikely that a two-million-year-old, apelike fossil from South Africa is a direct ancestor of Homo, the genus to which modern-day humans belong. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Deep history of archaic humans in southern Siberia

Scientists have identified the earliest evidence of some of the first known humans — Denisovans and Neanderthals, in southern Siberia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Humans colonized diverse environments in Southeast Asia and Oceania during the Pleistocene

Investigations into what it means to be human have often focused on attempts to uncover the earliest material traces of ‘art’, ‘language’, or technological ‘complexity’. More recently, scholars have begun to argue that more attention should be paid to the … Continue reading

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