Latest Fossils News

Just 7% of our DNA is unique to modern humans, study shows

Jul. 16, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What makes humans unique? Scientists have taken another step toward solving an enduring mystery with a new tool that may allow for more precise comparisons between the DNA of modern humans and that of our extinct ancestors. Just 7% of our genome is...

120,000-year-old fossils in Israel link to human family tree

Jun. 24, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bones found in an Israeli quarry are from a branch of the human evolutionary tree and are 120,000 to 140,000 years old, scientists reported Thursday. A team of anthropologists spent years analyzing the fragments of a skull, lower jaw bone and tooth...

Archaeologists discover remains of 9 Neanderthals near Rome

May. 08, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian archaeologists have uncovered the fossilized remains of nine Neanderthals in a cave near Rome, shedding new light on how the Italian peninsula was populated and under what environmental conditions. The Italian Culture Ministry announced the discovery...

New 'Utahraptor' state park to protect dino bones, history

May. 02, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

MOAB, Utah (AP) — At the top of the Dalton-Wells Quarry, the view is incredible. The scenic La Sal mountain range is in the distance. On ridge, you can see the redrock boundary of Arches National Park. A unique green ribbon cuts through some of the rock, a highlight of...