July 19, 2012
Neanderthals not only ate their vegetables. They also used specific plants—even ones that tasted bitter—to treat their ailments. That’s the latest finding from the international team of researchers studying Neanderthal remains at the El Sidrón archeological site in northern Spain.
June 18, 2012
The oldest confirmed date for cave art has just been pushed back again. New research re-dates paintings in caves in northern Spain to a staggering 40,800 years ago, right at the time when anatomical modern humans like us were arriving in the region and encountering Neanderthals.
May 16, 2012
While not as visually arresting as the more famous cave art found at Chauvet, the Castanet engravings are both older and represent what is very likely an earlier stage in the history of the Aurignacian culture, which spanned 40,000 to about 28,000 years ago.
May 7, 2012
What makes humans different from the great apes? What makes our brains larger and more complex? One surprising possibility is that our brains are bigger and more complex not so much because of new genes but because of gene duplication.
May 2, 2012
Are we any nearer to a magic pill that slows aging or promotes longevity? Perhaps.
April 27, 2012
Were hunter-gatherers converted to the efficiencies of agriculture? Or did farmers from the south spread north, bringing their agriculture with them? A new study suggests that farming spread because farmers moved.
April 20, 2012
Using six different forms of XNAs, an international team of researchers reports success in getting XNAs to store and propagate information. One of their XNAs actually “evolved.”
April 3, 2012
When did our human ancestors learn to control and use fire? Armed with the latest high-tech tools, an international team of researchers has pushed the date back to 1 million years ago. That’s 300,000 years earlier than previous unambiguous dates.

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