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An early hominid, Homo erectus, depicted in this diorama from the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, lived nearly 2 million years ago in the eastern Rift Valley of Africa.

from BBC News

Blow to multiple human species idea

The 1.8 million-year-old skull is the most complete hominid skull ever found. The idea that there were several different human species walking the Earth two million years ago has been dealt a blow. Instead, scientists say early human fossils found in Africa and Eurasia may have been part of the same species. Continue story -

from National Geographic News

Neanderthal Genes Hold Surprises for Modern Humans

Surprise! 20 Percent of Neanderthal Genome Lives On in Modern Humans, Scientists Find—Two new studies suggest that the contribution from Neanderthal DNA was vital

from ScienceDaily

Evidence contradicts idea that starvation caused saber-tooth cat extinction

In the period just before they went extinct, the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene were living well off the fat of the land.

Habitat Dioramas - American Museum of Natural History

Old photos from American Museum of Natural History

from The Huffington Post

Explosive New Theory Explains Dinos' Demise

Mammoths And Saber-Toothed Cats A pride of Smilodon fatalis, often called a saber-toothed cat, attacks a calf belonging to a herd of mammoths while the mother moves to protect her offspring.

Leon Pray, taxidermist, puts finishing touches on the life sized model or reconstruction of a Terror Bird, Phororhacus/Andalgalornis, Field Museum USA