Curious Kids: are humans going to evolve again?

Curious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based on Curious Kids. Are humans going to evolve again? Thank you. – Temi Bisiriyu, age […]

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Klasifikasi ras manusia: Kesalahan terbesar dalam sejarah sains

Sains (ilmu pengetahuan) merupakan salah satu penemuan umat manusia yang paling luar biasa. Ia telah menjadi sumber inspirasi dan pemahaman, telah menyingkap tabir kebodohan dan takhayul, menjadi katalisator perubahan sosial dan pertumbuhan ekonomi, serta menyelamatkan banyak nyawa. Namun, sejarah juga menunjukkan kepada kita bahwa sains tidak sepenuhnya menjadi berkah. Beberapa temuan sains telah menimbulkan lebih […]

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How much evidence is enough to declare a new species of human from a Philippines cave site?

The announcement of a new species of ancient human (more correctly hominin) from the Philippines, reported today in Nature, will cause a lot of head-shaking among anthropologists and archaeologists. Some will greet the publication with wild enthusiasm, believing it confirms their own views about our evolutionary past. Others will howl angrily, believing the declaration goes […]

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Rethinking Homo sapiens? The story of our origins gets dizzyingly complicated

You might say it’s the ultimate prize of science, to discover when, where and why humans evolved. For a long time, the evidence has been overwhelming that Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and later spilled out of the continent to settle the rest of the planet. But is the story of our origins really as […]

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We Found Evidence of Early Humans in the Jungles of Borneo

I recently led a team excavating at one of the most iconic archaeological locations in Southeast Asia, Niah Caves in Malaysia. Over a period of three weeks, we dug through what we believe to be around 20,000 years of human history. We uncovered several human bones, the remains of large mammals (probably deer and wild […]

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Curious Kids: Where Did the First Person Come From?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird or wacky! Where did the first person come from? – Maeve, age 8, Adelaide. What an awesome question, Maeve! It’s one […]

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Was Agriculture the Greatest Blunder in Human History?

Twelve thousand years ago everybody lived as hunters and gatherers. But by 5,000 years ago most people lived as farmers. This brief period marked the biggest shift ever in human history with unparalleled changes in diet, culture and technology, as well as social, economic and political organisation, and even the patterns of disease people suffered. […]

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