Articles by

Bruce Bower

New clues suggest people reached the Americas around 30,000 years ago

Humans may have inhabited what’s now southern Mexico surprisingly early, between 33,448 and 28,279 years ago, researchers...

Hunter-gatherers first launched violent raids at least 13,400 years ago

More than 8,000 years before the rise of Egyptian civilization, hunter-gatherers went on the attack in the...

A child’s 78,000-year-old grave marks Africa’s oldest known human burial

A child whose lifeless body was carefully placed in an East African cave around 78,300 years ago...

Little Foot’s shoulders hint at how a human-chimp common ancestor climbed

Little Foot, a nearly complete hominid skeleton painstakingly excavated from rock inside a South African cave, shouldered...

Riches in a Bronze Age grave suggest it holds a queen

A lavish Bronze Age burial found in southeastern Spain may hold a queen’s remains, researchers say. This...

Finds in a Spanish cave inspire an artistic take on warm-weather Neandertals

Here’s a scene guaranteed to melt the popular stereotype of Ice Age Neandertals as spear-wielding mammoth hunters...

Humanlike thumb dexterity may date back as far as 2 million years ago

Thumb dexterity similar to that of people today already existed around 2 million years ago, possibly in...

The oldest known abrading tool was used around 350,000 years ago

A round stone excavated at Israel’s Tabun Cave in the 1960s represents the oldest known grinding or...