Oldest cave art discovered in Spain

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A cave in Spain contains simple paintings made over 40 000 years ago. Since Neanderthals lived in the area at the time, it’s possible the paintings were done by them — although Modern humans were also in the area. Neanderthals and Modern humans (homo sapiens) have long been thought of as separate species, but some […]

How long ago did our ancestors use fire?

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One million years ago. New research says that the earliest firm evidence is from a cave in South Africa where fires burned more than once in the same spot. Our ancestors used fire a million years ago, study says At that point they weren’t yet using fire on a regular basis — that came around […]

Why did humans start walking upright?

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Why our ancestors started walking upright has been one of the big mysteries in human evolution. There have been various theories but we didn’t know for sure. Now researchers have studied chimpanzees — who are relatively similar to our ancestors from 6 million years ago — and discovered that they will walk upright more when […]

Genome sequence of gorilla completed

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The genome sequence of gorillas has just been completed. What percentage of our DNA do we share with gorillas? If you guessed 98% you’re right. How many million years ago was our last common ancestor with gorillas? If you guessed 10 you’re right. Why should you care? Well, if you don’t find this inherently fascinating, […]