human evolution

There's a scientific reason why humans love drumming

Anthropology and evolutionary biology help demystify the groove

How the pelvis, and not bipedalism, gave humans their narrow hips

The anatomy of our pelvis is a result of an evolutionary trade-off, but perhaps it's not the one we thought

This ancient child burial is the world's oldest, dating back 80,000 years

The burial site adds to the history of humankind's symbolic commemoration of the dead

Neandertals don't deserve their bad, dim-witted reputation

Our hominin ancestor had bigger brains and probably went extinct with climate change. Who are we to judge?

Evolution doesn't work the way you think it does

An evolutionary biologist explains all the things you might get into an argument over

How did human butts evolve to look that way?

An evolutionary anthropologist tackles the mystery of the butt

Neanderthals braided their own string

A 40,000 year old cord made of plant fiber provides unprecedented insight into our extinct relatives

How did our ancestors start walking upright?

A newly discovered species of ancient ape could shed light on the origins of human bipedalism

Unexpected gorilla snacking behaviors make scientists question what we know about early humans

Gorillas' eating habits don't match their tooth specializations, raising questions about determining early human diets from fossil records

Bonobos' penchant for aquatic herbs might be why we have such big brains

Iodine promotes brain development, but until now we did not know where our hominin ancestors may have gotten this mineral

What happens when you bring a chicken to the Andes?

Evolution can take many different courses when adapting to the same environment

A portrait of Charles Darwin as an old man by Julia Margaret Cameron.

Evolution is elegant but not when it's in David Sloan Wilson's hands

His new book "This View of Life" tries to wedge too much into one biological point of view

The history of humanity is written across your smile

'The Tales Teeth Tell' traces the evolution of our teeth into "oral Swiss army knives"

Scientists are untangling our bodies' genetic 'double-edged swords'

When imperfectly duplicated, crucial brain proteins can go from growing intellect to causing mental illness

The slap-dash nature of evolution makes entertaining reading

Nathan Lents' new book details the accidental, incidental nature of human quirks

Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious

A new book humanizes the legend, but few will want to read it