Spare Neanderthals this modern freak show

From Tuesday’s paper: Twenty thousand years separate us from our prehistoric relations – let’s keep it that way Our late cousins, the Neanderthals, continue to fascinate us, 20 millennia after the last ones died out. It is unsettling to think that another species of human, another sapient being, like us and yet not us, shared…

Australopithecus sediba: can we stop calling it a ‘missing link?

The discovery of a possible ape-hominid transitional fossil, Australopithecus sediba, is of course incredibly interesting. It may be the earliest direct ancestor of modern humans yet discovered. It hints interestingly that humanity’s first steps – or, rather, first bipedal steps – in southern Africa rather than, as previously suspected, east Africa. It gives new and…