Wanting to understand who we are, where we come from and how we evolved is part of what makes us human.
This an exciting time to be examining human evolution. Intriguing fossil and archaeological discoveries, combined with innovative techniques and DNA research, are transforming scientists' understanding of our ancient past.
We now know of more than 20 hominin species that are part of our family tree. At least half of these species are based on fossils unearthed in the last 30 years.
Museum scientists are at the forefront of research on the migration, characteristics and capabilities of these early human relatives, and the origin and cultural development of our species, Homo sapiens.
Trace the evolution of humans since our lineage split from that of chimpanzees, explore what we have in common with our ancient relatives and discover research that is helping to answer questions about our past and future.
Latest human evolution news
New dating of teeth from an Indonesian cave suggests modern humans were present in tropical southeast Asia earlier than previously thought.
A patterned prehistoric human bone from Somerset has revealed that the practices of ancient cannibals were not simply about survival.
Prof Chris Stringer comments on research that has identified the earliest known fossils of our species.
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