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Through random drift or selection, the female-lineage traces back to a single female, known as Mitochondrial Eve. In this example of human origins over five generations colors represent extinct matrilineal lines and black the matrilineal line descended from mtDNA MRCA. (ChrisTi / CC BY-SA 3.0)

New Findings Change the Theories of Human Origins

The evolution and spread of Homo sapiens is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries in all of science. Until recently, it was...
Fossils like that of Australopithecus sediba, discovered in South Africa by a 9-year-old boy, are reshaping the human family tree. Photo by Brett Eloff. Courtesy Prof Berger and Wits University, (CC BY-SA / The Conversation)

Archaeological Discoveries Are Occurring Faster Than Ever

In 1924, a 3-year-old child’s skull found in South Africa forever changed how people think about human origins. The Taung Child, our first encounter...
Paul Gauguin’s 1897 painting ‘Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?’ (Public Domain)

Our Cosmic Ancestry in the Stars: The Deepest Questions

Where have we come from? Where are we going? What are we here for? Is life unique to this rocky planet we call...

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