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Fourth Denisovan fossil found

A fourth fossil of an individual belonging to the extinct hominin species known as the Denisovans has been found in Siberia. Now, scientists have revealed that they have a fourth Denisovan fossil — a "baby tooth" that likely fell from the jaw of a 10- to 12-year-old girl, said study lead

Leopard fossil found in northern Italy

The ancient shinbone of a leopard has been found on the banks of a river in northern Italy. Leopards may have roamed across Italy alongside Neanderthals, a new study finds. Scientists analyzed an ancient, well-preserved bone discovered by amateur scientist Renato Bandera in the summer of 2014 and donated to the Paleoanthropological

Early hominin fossils found in South African caves

Two new early hominin fossils dating back more than 2 million years have been found in South Africa's Sterkfontein Caves. The two new specimens, a finger bone and a molar, are part of a set of four specimens, which seem to be from early hominins that can be associated with early

Hand ax made from fossilized Stegodon jaw found in China

A 170,000-year-old hand ax made from the fossilized jaw of a stegodon has been found in China. Researchers say they have identified the first example of a bone, not stone, hand ax crafted by ancient humans in East Asia. Makers of the curved, pear-shaped implement probably used it to dig up

Scientists recover DNA from 700,000-year-old horse

A group of researchers have successfully sequenced the genome of a 700,000-year-old horse whose foot was found buried in the permafrost in the Yukon. Comparing that sequence to the genomes of a 43,000-year-old horse, a donkey, five modern domestic horses and a modern Przewalski’s horse (a type of wild horse native

Spanish Neanderthals died out earlier than previously thought

New radiocarbon dating performed on Neanderthal fossils found in southern Spain suggests that they died out 10,000-15,000 years earlier than previously thought. Its results have implications for when and where we - modern humans - might have co-existed with our evolutionary "cousins", the Neanderthals. "The picture emerging is of an overlapping period

Ancient hominids could climb trees

The discovery of a 3.3-million-year-old shoulder blade belonging to a Australopithecus afarensis suggests that the early hominids could climb trees. Lucy and her cohorts spent plenty of time on foot but climbed trees to forage for fruits and to escape predators, Green proposes. Based on the new analysis of the Dikika

Prehistoric man ate pandas

Slash marks found on the fossilized bones of ancient pandas reveal that prehistoric man once hunted and ate the now endangered species. Wei, head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a Chongqing museum, says many excavated panda fossils “showed that pandas were once slashed to death by man.” The Chongqing