human evolution

Study Challenges Role of Speech Gene in Evolution of Human Language

August 03, 2018
The FOXP2 gene has been associated with uniquely human language abilities. But a UC Davis scientist and colleagues did a study with a wider variety of people and found no evidence of selection for FOXP2 in modern humans, challenging previous of how we think humans acquired language.

Rewriting the History of Our Species

June 07, 2017
New fossil finds from the Jebel Irhoud archaeological site in Morocco do more than push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years. They also reveal what was on the menu for our oldest-known Homo sapiens ancestors 300,000 years ago

On Early Human Migration, Geography and Culture

August 18, 2016
UC Davis anthropologist Alexander Harcourt sums up the latest research on early human migration around the planet, saying that Homo sapiens left Africa earlier than previously thought and our diverse cultures have been heavily influenced by geography.