Human Evolution

August 2016

Featured Stories

Humans Never Stopped Evolving
Humans Never Stopped Evolving

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.




Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.


Speaking of Science


How Your Nose Got Its Shape

Climate variation has sculpted our schnozzes since the earliest humans evolved, but environmental pressures can’t explain everything.

Critic at Large

Opinion: Our Inner Caveman

The modern human brain evolved in social and environmental settings very unlike today’s. Despite our cultural and technological progress, tribal instincts remain.

Thought Experiment

Modus Operandi

The Literature


Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools

Bio Business

Reading Frames

The Neanderthal in the Mirror

Our evolutionary cousin is no longer a blundering caveman. Recent research has painted a picture of a human ancestor with culture, art, and advanced cognitive skills.

Capsule Reviews