Homo sapiens

 
These climate activists want you to give up hope
These climate activists want you to give up hope
The Extinction Rebellion, a network of climate activists who use civil disobedience to spotlight inaction on global warming, is rooted in the...
Oldest known drawing by a human found in SA
Oldest known drawing by a human found in SA
Scientists working in Blombos Cave in the Western Cape have made a discovery that changes our understanding of when our human ancestors started expressing themselves through drawings....
Putting meat on Homo’s menu
Putting meat on Homo’s menu
Although some diet books might suggest otherwise, nature has been very accommodating in its meal plan for Homo sapiens. Whereas other great apes,...
How human brains became so big
How human brains became so big
The human brain is disproportionately large. And although abundant grey matter confers certain intellectual advantages, sustaining a big brain is...
Racism is behind outlandish theories about Africa’s ancient architecture
Racism is behind outlandish theories about Africa’s ancient architecture
Some of the most impressive buildings and cities ever made by humans can be found in Africa: the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe,
Climate shift killed off dinosaurs
Climate shift killed off dinosaurs
Finding out what killed off the dinosaurs has been one of science’s greatest quests. In a geological blink of an eye, a species, which had...
These troglodytes had more brains than brawn
These troglodytes had more brains than brawn
Long thought of as thick-skulled brutes, Neanderthals were already building complex underground structures by firelight 176 500 years ago, said a...
From the cradle to the grave? #Naledifossils
From the cradle to the grave? #Naledifossils
They moved the bodies in one at a time, from the old with their worn teeth to newborn babies. If they had been modern humans, the Dinaledi Chamber...
The fine art of the Neanderthals
The fine art of the Neanderthals
Several times in the past 10 years scientists have had to rewrite the textbooks on Neanderthals, the last species of human to go extinct. Once the...
Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst
Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst
Our ancestors made the evolutionary split with gorillas around 10-million years ago, but we still share a remarkable number of genes with the great...
Homo erectus was first master chef
Homo erectus was first master chef
The first ancestor of modern humans to have mastered the art of cooking was likely homo erectus, which evolved around 1.9-million years ago,...
You owe your grandparents big time
You owe your grandparents big time
Thirty-thousand years ago the human species had a senior moment. Numbers of adults reaching the age of 30 began to rise dramatically. Very soon...

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