DNA reveals unexpected origins of enigmatic mummies buried in a Chinese desert

Since their discovery, the ancestry of hundreds of mummified bodies buried in boats in an inhospitable…

Can Skeletons Have a Racial Identity?

A growing number of forensic researchers are questioning how the field interprets the geographic ancestry of…

Fossilized footprints show humans made it to North America much earlier than first thought

North and South America were the last continents to be settled by humans, but exactly when…

Just 7 percent of our DNA is unique to modern humans, study shows

Slivers of DNA may hold the most significant clues as to what truly distinguishes modern human…

Cool Fossils: Alaska Digs Reveal Dinosaurs’ Arctic Lives

Baby dinosaur “microfossils” suggest that many species lived and thrived in some of the coldest parts…

Scientists Find a Fossilized Ancestor of ‘Dinosaur Food’

This ancient plant might be even more ancient than paleobotanists once believed. Before the first mammals,…

Child’s Grave Is Earliest Known Burial Site in Africa

A child laid to rest 78,000 years ago yields clues to early human burials in East…

Modeling the ‘superhighways’ traveled by First Australians

New modelling of landscapes and populations sheds light on the peopling of Australia. Indigenous Australians have…

The Great Dying was longer on land

Earth’s biggest mass extinction took ten times longer on land than in oceans. New research published in the…

Restoration of Pompeii’s House of the Ceii reveals Roman frescoes glowing with color

One of Pompeii’s oldest frescoes has been restored to its colorful former glory using the help of laser…