The first Europeans migrated into the continent ~1.2 million years ago. Damage to their teeth indicates they used toothpicks to keep them clean.
Humans are really bad for the environment. But just how long we’ve been bad for it can be surprising. As far back as 50,000 years ago, humans arriving in a region has been linked with a lot of the local animals going extinct. However, human
Researchers found chimps which use more noises to communicate have a larger social network, suggesting the origin of language might be to help us socialise.
Human technology is advanced thanks to our socialising. By staying mobile and/or living in large groups we can learn from more people.
Glaciers covered much of Europe around 20,000 years ago. But that was their peak, called the Last Glacial Maximum. After that, they began retreating and Europe began warming. Humans exploited this change, spreading north into places previously covered by ice. It seemed that things were
Prehistoric artists in Altamira used their rubbish to help make cave art, recycling discarded shells into a key tool for making the art.
Research reveals that evolution has been influencing people recently. It’s driven them to spend less time being educated. However, culture counteracted it
Homo naledi might have performed the worlds oldest burial. Or they might not. The debate is ongoing, but new finds show that burial can’t be ruled out yet
The first stone tools seem to have been invented whilst our ancestors were cracking nuts. However, the ability to crack nuts wasn’t enough to allow us to make these tools. We had to have had additional abilities.
Homo erectus was the first member of our family to leave Africa. But they only did so because climate change made the environment more habitable for them