Young primates are often bipedal as they learn to move like a grownup. This shows just how flexible locomotion can be, and how easy it might be to switch.
Chimps seem to learn from each other, producing a unique culture in each group. New research challenges this, saying behaviours is just invented each time.
Cannibal Neanderthals were common but a group in Belgium went one step further. Not only did they eat their kin, they used them to make tools too
Many scientists get evolution wrong in their research, falsely describing animals as advancing along some sort of ladder of progress.
Examining tooth growth indicates Neanderthals grew up faster than humans. However, new fossils reveal that they would actually grow up at the human rate.
Macaques use rocks as hammers and anvils to crack open shellfish. But they’re so good at it these tool using monkeys are driving their prey extinct
Researchers have developed a new method for studying evolution in humans. It reveals that natural selection has been purifying our genome
Fire can keep us nice and warm but it’s also bright, noisy, and needs attention. So on balance, does it help us sleep or keep us awake?
Macaques have had their environment changed by humans.But they’ve adapted to their new surroundings, inventing new tools to better exploit the environment
Another week, another bunch of cool discoveries about our ancestors. Here are the highlights. Remmeber, you can get these live by following me on twitter or facebook. Plus some general complaints about academia, for balance. If you want to read this paper about Aboriginal Australians