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Scientists Confirm That All Humans Descended From Just Two People

Scientists Confirm That All Humans Descended From Just Two People


With its publication in the journal Human Evolution a few weeks ago, a scientific paper lit up the science blogosphere. The paper asks, “Why should ...

For the planet's 7.6 billion people, 500 million house sparrows, or 100,000 sandpipers, genetic diversity "is about the same," Mark Stoeckle from the ...

How Does Evolution Work

There's no such thing as a 'pure' European—or anyone else

Almost all living people outside of Africa trace back to a single migration more than 50,000 years ago

"Neo” skull of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber. (John Hawks/University of the Witwatersrand)

The story of human evolution in Africa is undergoing a major rewrite


It traces the lineages of women going back eight generations. At the top is the ancestral generation with eleven individuals. I have colored the arrows for ...

A trio of upright walkers: Lucy (middle) and Australopithecus sediba (left and

Meet Denny, the ancient mixed-heritage mystery girl

Models of the skulls of human ancestors

Scientists Still Stumped By The Evolution of Human Breasts

Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives

A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies FindA Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Body-bacteria illustration

Common European traits like pale skin evolved relatively recently in central and southern Europe.

angel statue

It's a common misconception that humans evolved from apes. In fact, we both evolved from a common ancestor—and we're both still evolving.

Smithsonian's Neanderthal

How could humans have evolved and still be in the “Image of God”?

How Science and Genetics are Reshaping the Race Debate of the 21st Century


Illustration by Umberto Mischi for TIME


A quest to understand how human intelligence evolved raises some ethical questions.

A likeness of “Cheddar Man,” Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, at the Natural History Museum. Genetic evidence showed that he was dark-skinned and ...

DNA Study Finds Aboriginal Australians World's Oldest Civilization

Evidence of common descent

Prehistoric fossils suggest modern dogs evolved from a single population of wolves

A view looking south of the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco. Shannon McPherron, MPI EVA Leipzig

How Humans Became Meat Eaters

He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher, at the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. He claims to have made the world's ...

The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight.

Speaking of Evolution, in Non-Threatening Tones. For two years, researchers from the ...

How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of 'Race'How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of 'Race'

The Fuel Project

A modern human and a Neanderthal skull facing each other. Photo by hairymuseummat modified by DrMikeBaxter/Wikimedia Commons

A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade

Ji Lee

Traveling person with a luggage filled with bacteria


The dominant male in a gorilla group services a harem, hogging all the sex with

Illustration of a woman examining strands of DNA joining her to a couple and a man

Creation of Adam, fresco painted by Michelangelo (1475-1564), Sistine Chapel. “

Climate Effects on Human Evolution

The fossil remains which have caused all the consternation. Jochen Fuss, Nikolai Spassov, David R. Begun, Madelaine Böhme/via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Photograph of Charles Darwin by Maull and Polyblank for the Literary and Scientific Portrait Club (1855) via Wikimedia Commons.

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Scientists Confirm All Humans Descended From Two People

Individual differences in the learning potential of human beings | npj Science of Learning

But humans and chimpanzees evolved differently from that same ancestor. All apes and monkeys share a more distant relative, which lived about 25 million ...

Meet Denny, the ancient mixed-heritage mystery girl | Science | The Guardian

Students prepare a stew over an open fire at the stone age park near Albersdorf,

Richard Buggs

Scientists are struggling to learn more about bedbugs, which have returned with a vengeance in recent years, partly because they have evolved resistance to ...

Michelangelo, “Creation of Adam” (detail), Sistine Chapel Ceiling (1508

The Taung Child was killed by an eagle about three million years ago.

Fossil jawbone

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn't.Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn't.

Humans and Neanderthals had sex. But was it for love?

Human evolution drawings

Image: Close up of two people clasping hands

A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

Looks like I really am a softy, after all

(Please note, arrows pointing to the Indonesian islands of Flores and Java were inadvertently switched.)

The geologic time scale from 650 million years ago to the present, showing major evolutionary

CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing complex

Tim White (gesturing to Alisera men) has to deal with drought, disease and armed villagers to conduct research. (Ann Gibbons)

How Long Have Humans Been On Earth?

What is Darwin's Theory of Evolution?

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Chimps, Humans, and Monkeys: What's the Difference? 2

An ancient canine skull at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Scientists are still debating exactly when and where the ancient human-canine ...

Michael Douglas

Sorry David Attenborough, we didn't evolve from 'aquatic apes' – here's why

All of your 3 billion base-pairs were copied down over the generations from ancestors. A small number of these DNA base-pairs change through mutation in ...


Lara Diamond

Neanderthal Genes Help Shape How Many Modern Humans Look

An artist's concept of an asteroid impact hitting the early Earth. Just one of many ways we could all die! Don Davis / NASA