The Human Evolution Issue

An anthology of stories published in Popular Archaeology about recent discoveries in human evolution

 

Article Contents (Click on each title below to read the article):

Rewriting Human Evolution

Scientists are discovering that the primeval path our ancestors took to becoming human is far more complex than we ever thought.

Sterkfontein: A History of Evolution in the Cradle of Humanity

Old and new finds come together to deepen the record of human evolution at the famous South African cave system.

Laetoli: The Unfolding Story

Recent 3.66-million-year-old footprint finds at the iconic hominin site of Laetoli may be changing what we know about an ancient human ancestor.

The Age of Little Foot

Scientists continue the debate surrounding the true age of the famous fossil skeleton discovered at Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa.

The New Kid on the Block

Could this be the face of an early human ancestor?

Rising Star: New Answers, New Questions

Is Africa’s largest trove of early human remains shedding game-changing light on human origins, or muddying the water?

Human Evolution’s Dustiest Jewel

Swartkrans Cave reveals important clues to understanding human evolution.

Straddling the Evolutionary Divide

Two remarkable sites are shedding light on a critical transitional period in human evolution.

Olorgesailie

New findings and new implications for understanding human evolution.

The Hard Stuff of Culture: Oldowan Archaeology at Kanjera South, Kenya

Discoveries in southwestern Kenya by pioneering scientists are now opening new windows on humankind’s earliest stone tool industry and expanding our understanding of early human behavior and the evolutionary past.

Decoding Human Prehistory

How genetics is revolutionizing what we know about human evolution and our prehistoric past.

Footprints in the Silt

The startling discovery of million-year-old human footprints on a beach in the United Kingdom has scientists jumping.

Not Quite Neanderthal

Scientists are redrawing the picture of human evolution in Western Europe.

The Road Through Sicevo

Excavations in Serbia have raised questions about early humans in Pleistocene period Europe.

One Small Arabian Finger Bone

A rare Pleistocene human fossil find in Saudi Arabia has global implications for human prehistory.

The Last Neanderthals

Where and how did the Neanderthals journey into extinction?

Before Kings and Temples

Ancient landscapes in present-day Israel have revealed astonishing evidence of early human occupation.

The Mystery of Flores

Findings from the remarkable hominin remains found on the Island of Flores continue to pique the interest of the scientific world.

On the Threshold of Modern Humanity

The remarkable discovery that may dramatically change what we know about the origin of modern humans.

The Mystery of Red Deer Cave

New insights emerge about the enigmatic archaic human remains found in a Chinese cave.

The First Arabians

Pioneering scientists relate how they are uncovering increasing evidence of a significant human presence on the Arabian Peninsula as much as 100,000+ years ago.

Beings of Color: Following the Pigment Trail in Human Evolution

The prehistoric origins of pigment mining and the importance of mineral color-bearing properties in Africa.

Where Hominins Became Human

Coastal cave systems in South Africa could hold keys to unraveling the mystery about when and where modern humans were born.

Exploring the Roots of Modern Humanity

Popular Archaeology interviews internationally acclaimed archaeologist Dr. Christopher Henshilwood on the origins of behaviorally modern humans.

Spears of the Ancient Huntsman

The unprecedented finds at a site in Germany are changing what we know about Paleolithic humans.

Pushing the Prehistoric Fringe

A recently examined mammoth tells a story of a human presence in the Arctic 45,000 years ago.