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When the Sea Saved Humanity

Shortly after Homo sapiens arose, harsh climate conditions nearly extinguished our species. The small population that gave rise to all humans alive today may have survived by exploiting a unique combination of resources along the southern coast of Africa...

By Curtis W. Marean

Reading Neandertal Minds

Analyses of anatomy, DNA and cultural remains have yielded tantalizing insights into the inner lives of our mysterious extinct cousins

By Kate Wong

The Origins of Creativity

New evidence of ancient ingenuity forces scientists to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking outside the box

By Heather Pringle

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