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New study shows signs of early creation of modern human identities

Early ancestors collected eye-catching shells that radically changed the way we looked at ourselves and others. A new study confirms previous scant evidence and...

Slow growth in crocodile ancestors pre-dated their semi-aquatic lifestyle

Today's crocodilians (including crocodiles and alligators) all grow slowly, taking years to reach maximum size. In contrast, birds are crocodilian's closest living relatives, and...

Tracks on a South African beach offer oldest evidence yet of human footwear

When and where did our ancestors first fashion footwear? We cannot look to physical evidence of shoes for the answer, as the perishable materials...

Paleontologists identify two new species of sabertooth cat

Sabertooth cats make up a diverse group of long-toothed predators that roamed Africa around 6-7 million years ago, around the time that hominins --...

India, South Africa and Australia shared similar volcanic activity 3.5 billion years ago

Cratons are pieces of ancient continents that formed several billions of years ago. Their study provides a window as to how processes within and...

Archaeologists uncover evidence of intentional burial, cave engravings by early human ancestor

New observations and excavations in South African caves have found that Homo naledi, an early human ancestor, intentionally buried their dead and made crosshatch engravings...