EARLIER THIS YEAR, David Gokhman summoned a ghost. Gokhman, then a Ph.D. student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was attempting to piece together the skeleton of an enigmatic ancient human known as a Denisovan. But while the Denisovans likely lived in Asia for tens of thousands of years, researchers have only found meager fossil traces—a pinky bone, a skull fragment, a fractured jaw, and a few teeth. To give these specters form, Gokhman instead turned to the most compelling trace of their existence: their ancient DNA.
Source: A DNA Glimpse of an Egnimatic Human Relative | Portside
Many American students, myself included, never learn the human part of evolution.
Source: The Schools That Still Don’t Teach Evolution – The Atlantic
This latest discovery has given new insights into our evolutionary past, but also increased the complexity of the relationships between early hominins.
Source: The finding of the oldest human skull changes evolution science — Quartz Africa
By analyzing the fossilized teeth of some of our most ancient ancestors, scientists have discovered that the first humans significantly breastfed their infants for longer periods than their contemporary relatives.
Source: First human ancestors breastfed for longer than contemporary relatives — ScienceDaily
The skull, probably a male’s, belonged to a species called Australopithecus anamensis, an older relative to Lucy.
Source: New Australopithecus anamensis skull shows evolution in human family tree – The Washington Post
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an impossibly ambitious game, attempting to summarize the whole of human evolution into the span of a few hours—and succeeding to a surprising degree.
Source: Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey review: Where learning to sharpen a stick is a major achievement | PCWorld