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When the Sea Saved Humanity

Shortly after Homo sapiens arose, harsh climate conditions nearly extinguished our species. Recent finds suggest that the smallpopulation that gave rise to all humans alive today survived by exploiting a unique combination of resourcesalong the southern coast of Africa

What May Become of Homo sapiens

Conditions of modern life could be driving changes in the makeup of our genes. Our bodies and our brains may not be the same as those of our descendants

What Makes Us Different?

Comparisons of the genomes of humans and chimpanzees are revealing those rare stretches of DNA that are ours alone

The Naked Truth

Our nearly hairless skin was a key factor in the emergence of other human traits

The First Americans

Humans colonized the New World earlier than previously thought—a revelation that is forcing scientists to rethink long-standing ideas about these trailblazers

Rethinking the Hobbits of Indonesia

The mini human species found in Indonesia turns out to be even stranger than previously thought and complicates the story of our ancient past

Lucy's Baby

An ancient infant skeleton yields new insight into how humans evolved to walk upright

How We are evolving

Analyses of our DNA suggest that recent human evolution has occurred more slowly than biologists would have expected

Cooking Up Bigger Brains

Our hominid ancestors probably could not have eaten enough raw food to support large, calorie-hungry brains. The key to our evolution may have been the invention of the kitchen

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