Anthropology

Ancient stencils of hands with "mutilated" fingers may actually show a type of sign language used for hunting or silent rituals.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Torches cast a brilliant glow that was good for exploring, while lamps were better for lighting one small area.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
For the first time, researchers have obtained the nuclear DNA of archaic humans from cave sediments.
Meeri Kim, Contributor
Fossil hands help solve the puzzle of when humans gained manual dexterity.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New research reveals the economic importance of “wool dogs” to the Native American peoples of the Salish Sea.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Ancient site suggests early humans controlled fire and used plants to ward off insects.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Bird statuette, recovered from a refuse heap, more than doubles the age of the earliest known animal sculpture from East Asia.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Researchers use the DNA of currently-living Quebecois to help identify their ancestors.
Jesse Kathan, Contributor
New dating of a trove of fossils suggests our cousin hominin went extinct because of climate change.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Despite high-profile study, the ancestors of humans living today likely evolved in many places at once, say critics.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Tiny brainlike cell cultures called organoids offer clues about human evolution.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Recently uncovered archaeological evidence matches the Bible's account of Babylonian invasion 2,600 years ago.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor