Articles by

Bruce Bower

Homo sapiens bones in East Africa are at least 36,000 years older than once thought

Fossils from the oldest known Homo sapiens individual in East Africa are more ancient than previously thought....

Clovis hunters’ reputation as mammoth killers takes a hit

An amateur archaeologist exploring a dried-out, ancient stream channel called Blackwater Draw near Clovis, New Mexico, made...

Ancient footprints suggest a mysterious hominid lived alongside Lucy’s kind

An individual from an enigmatic hominid species strode across a field of wet, volcanic ash in what...

Ancient giant orangutans evolved smaller bodies surprisingly slowly

Giant orangutans that once dwelled in mainland Southeast Asian forests belonged to a single species that gradually...

A child’s partial skull adds to the mystery of how Homo naledi treated the dead

A child’s partial skull found in a remote section of a South African cave system has fueled...

Lidar reveals a possible blueprint for many Olmec and Maya ceremonial sites

An unexpected architectural tradition linked many Olmec and Maya societies of Mesoamerica, an ancient cultural area that...

Methods of getting results from real-world experiments win 2021 economics Nobel

Some of the most insightful — and now most celebrated — studies of such major social issues...

The earliest evidence of tobacco use dates to over 12,000 years ago

Ancient North Americans started using tobacco around 12,500 to 12,000 years ago, roughly 9,000 years before the...