Researchers: Tools from 2.6 million years ago have been found 

Researcher: “By 2.6 million years ago, they were beginning to understand the relationship between the folk physics of where to strike something, and how hard to hit it, and what angles to select,” … Well, you have to start somewhere.

Source: Researchers: Tools from 2.6 million years ago have been found | Uncommon Descent

Paleontologist: Humans walked on two legs from the beginning | Uncommon Descent

Carol Ward: It seems to be a behavior that was present in some of the earliest members of our branch of the family tree. It represented what was really the initial major adaptive change from any apelike creature that came before us.

Source: Paleontologist: Humans walked on two legs from the beginning | Uncommon Descent

Did ancient supernovae prompt human ancestors to walk upright? — ScienceDaily

Supernovae bombarded Earth with cosmic energy starting as many as 8 million years ago, with a peak some 2.6 million years ago, initiating an avalanche of electrons in the lower atmosphere and setting off a chain of events that feasibly ended with bipedal hominins.

Source: Did ancient supernovae prompt human ancestors to walk upright? — ScienceDaily

Scientists uncover a trove of genes that could hold key to how humans evolved: Dozens of genes previosly thought to have similar roles across species are in fact unique to humans — ScienceDaily

New computational analysis finds that more than two dozen human zinc finger transcription factors, previously thought to control activity of similar genes across species have in fact human-specific roles and could help explain how our species came to be.

Source: Scientists uncover a trove of genes that could hold key to how humans evolved: Dozens of genes previosly thought to have similar roles across species are in fact unique to humans — ScienceDaily

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.

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

So what’s this about “Little Foot”? | Uncommon Descent

Little Foot skull/University of the Witwatersrand (2014)If you read the science news, you’ve probably been hearing about Little Foot alot:The first of a raft of papers about ‘Little Foot’ suggests that the fossil is a female who showed some of the earliest signs of human-like bipedal walking ar

Source: So what’s this about “Little Foot”? | Uncommon Descent

Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy — ScienceDaily

As far back as 40,000 years ago, humans kept track of time using relatively sophisticated knowledge of the stars, new research shows.

Source: Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy — ScienceDaily