First discovered in 1891, Homo erectus is one of the earliest-known and most geographically widespread species in the hominin fossil record. Fossil evidence attributed to this species has been found in Africa and Asia, as early as 2 million years ago and as late as 106,000 years ago. Whether these varied fossil samples really represent a single phylogenetic group is a matter of continuing uncertainty.
A study of associations between stone tool evidence and fossil hominin remains shows that a wide range of species made stone artifacts.
New work from Melka Kunture, Ethiopia, shows the Garba IVE infant jaw is one of the oldest individuals of this longest-lasting hominin species.
One of the thickest skulls in the hominin fossil record gives insight about the variation in this ancient species.
In past populations we should keep in mind the exceptional ability of humans to adapt to new circumstances.
I look at views expressed by Jeffrey Schwartz and Tim White about the anatomy of Homo naledi and its relationships with other hominins.
Looking at a 2014 paper by Josephine Joordens and coworkers, which describes zig-zag markings on a shell from Trinil, Indonesia. This shell may have been intentionally marked by Homo erectus.
New research suggests that herpes simplex virus 2 may have invaded ancient humans from chimpanzees sometime after 1.6 million years ago.
A small fragment of finger bone with a DNA sequence that represents a previously-unknown form of hominin.
Notes on a study by José Joordens and coworkers on the Trinil collection associated with Eugene Dubois' original Pithecanthropus dig
A close look at the idea that most of the brain is superfluous space, with a review of people who get by with extraordinarily small brain mass.