What makes food appealing? One evolutionary hang-over that still influences our decision is colour. We inherited our ancestors preference for red food.
Researchers made parkour athletes jump about, revealing how our early ancestors may have been both bipedal and living in the trees.
New research suggest ancient humans may have been seafood specialists, eating a lot of crab to survive. But does this hold up to scrutiny?
Australopithecus sediba has a jaw that makes no evolutionary sense. They ate a lot of tough food, yet it lost the adaptations for doing so its relatives had
Primates are rarely fat and smart. Yet humans are. It turns out ground-based animals can do both, so might our bellies have evolved when we left the trees?
The “first” migration into Australia interbred with an earlier, now extinct group of humans who had left Africa much earlier. It turns out we weren’t the first modern humans to leave Africa.
Our ancestors underwent some chromosomal fusion. Genetic research indicates this was before humans & Neanderthals split. And it may have only happened once.
Today you probably did some walking, remained healthy, and ate starch. This is possible because evolution equipped you with physiological superpowers.
Fire produces toxicants that can pose a health risk. Our ancestors had the ability to detoxify them, but harmful mutations have hampered our capacity for it
A long-term study of the “palaeolithic diet” of Australopithecus reveals they were extremely flexible, well suited to the climate change they experienced.