The pan-African dawn of Homo sapiens. New dates and fossils from Jebel Irhoud in Morocco suggest that our species emerged across Africa. The new findings may help researchers sort out how these selected fossils from the past 600,000 years are related to modern humans and to one another.
According to a Russian scholar, the mighty muscle of Neanderthal man was either due to dietary factors and to a genetic predisposition that influenced the production of hormones like testosterone to levels much higher than even those of modern athletes who use anabolic steroids. It is not known, however, if this natural doping was associated with increased levels of aggressiveness.
Prehistoric North Sea 'Atlantis' hit by 5m tsunami and was abandoned 8,200 years ago. Once it was possible for human hunters to walk from what is now northern Germany across to East Anglia. "Even after major volcanic eruptions, people go back, sometimes because they can't afford not to but also because the resources are there," said Prof Gaffney, who has authored a book, Europe's Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland.