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Humans to blame for extinctions 50,000 years ago

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

Cannibalism may have been common after the ice age ended

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

Were the first stone tools an accident?

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.