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Ancient Peoples

The latest news and science about our oldest history from Inverse.

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Bloody Biology

Neanderthal blood study hints at one possible reason they went extinct

A landmark analysis reveals what we can learn from blood.

Atlantis

Discovery of Ancient Roman “ghost road” may forecast the future of Venice

“There is much we can learn from how past civilizations adapted to past periods of rapid coastal change.”

Hand-me-downs

DNA study finds less than 2 percent of the human genome is “human”

“Maybe we’ve gotten a first glimpse at what to look at next for what might make humans special.”

Inverse Daily

A vital aspect of human evolution may be due to climate change

Plus: Starlink’s ubiquity problem, and sex differences in intermittent fasting.

Mind and Body

The mystery of human brain evolution just got more complicated

New research illustrates some of the evolutionary factors associated with human brain size.

Way back when

51,000-year-old engraved bone reveals new details about Neanderthal culture

This is no ordinary fossil.

Pieces of the Past

Dragon Man and more: Understand the ancient world through 9 images

Meet your new ancestors.

Welcome to the family

Gargantuan cranium may reveal a new ancient human species

A massive cranium establishes a new human lineage.

X population

New ancient human discovery upends the history of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens

“This population is... the missing population.”

Human?

A cave nestled in the Russian mountains could solve an ancient human mystery

A study of Denisovans helps us better understand what makes us “human.”

Dream Teams

What an ancient burial taught scientists about humanity

“You could literally spend decades excavating this cave and make new discoveries.”

mistaken identity

Ancient Greek warriors may not be who we thought they were

Plus: A self-proclaimed UFO expert explains what may be lurking in an upcoming Pentagon report.

Bloody Biology

Neanderthal blood study hints at one possible reason they went extinct

A landmark analysis reveals what we can learn from blood.

Atlantis

Discovery of Ancient Roman “ghost road” may forecast the future of Venice

“There is much we can learn from how past civilizations adapted to past periods of rapid coastal change.”

Hand-me-downs

DNA study finds less than 2 percent of the human genome is “human”

“Maybe we’ve gotten a first glimpse at what to look at next for what might make humans special.”

Inverse Daily

A vital aspect of human evolution may be due to climate change

Plus: Starlink’s ubiquity problem, and sex differences in intermittent fasting.

Mind and Body

The mystery of human brain evolution just got more complicated

New research illustrates some of the evolutionary factors associated with human brain size.

Way back when

51,000-year-old engraved bone reveals new details about Neanderthal culture

This is no ordinary fossil.

Pieces of the Past

Dragon Man and more: Understand the ancient world through 9 images

Meet your new ancestors.

Welcome to the family

Gargantuan cranium may reveal a new ancient human species

A massive cranium establishes a new human lineage.

X population

New ancient human discovery upends the history of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens

“This population is... the missing population.”

Human?

A cave nestled in the Russian mountains could solve an ancient human mystery

A study of Denisovans helps us better understand what makes us “human.”

Dream Teams

What an ancient burial taught scientists about humanity

“You could literally spend decades excavating this cave and make new discoveries.”

mistaken identity

Ancient Greek warriors may not be who we thought they were

Plus: A self-proclaimed UFO expert explains what may be lurking in an upcoming Pentagon report.