Panspermia, or the theory that life on Earth came after our planet was inseminated with alien biology, could have easily happened.
Most are between 385,000 and 172,000 years old and thus upend the idea that tool-making was transformed in India after an influx of modern Homo sapiens came from Africa 130,000 years ago.
Scandinavia was initially settled via a southern and a northern route and the arrival of agriculture in northern Europe was facilitated by movements of farmers and pastoralists into the region.
Researchers think Plutarch’s De Facie tells the tale of Greek sailors making the treacherous transatlantic crossing. They dug into the science to show how it could have happened.
Just as detectives might re-create the scene of a crime, University of Washington archaeologists have re-created the weapons used by hunter-gatherers in the post-Ice Age Arctic some 14,000 years ago.
Long before Crayola invented its signature crayons—some 10,000 years, in fact—Stone Age hunter-gatherers fashioned a very early prototype.
Analysis of ancient DNA found that Scandinavia was settled by hunter-gatherers via a southern and a northern route, and reveals that agriculture was likely introduced by migrating agriculturalists.
When the world is an ashen wasteland, there’s a good chance naked mole rats will still be around to keep the cockroaches company.
About 40,000 years ago, the poles made one such unsuccessful attempt, and the last full swap was about 780,000 years ago, so we’re a bit overdue for a pole reversal based on the established pattern.
New evidence strongly suggests that language is learned in brain systems that are also used for many other purposes and even pre-existed humans, say researchers.
PM questions why government should be ‘bullied’ by ‘a tiny minority’ of people who want to move date from 26 January.
Scientists have found a new dinosaur species in Egypt, a discovery that promises new insights into Late Cretaceous dinosaur evolution in Africa.
It looks like paleoanthropologists will not get much relief from the 2017 annus horribilis (Bechly 2017) in the new year. Two big stories have already hit the news in January.
Can we teach ethical behaviour to machines? Computer Scientists in Vienna are studying ancient Sanskrit texts and using the tools of mathematical logic to describe ethical rules.