Sunday 25 February 2018

Natural History Museum - What makes us human?

A man wearing yellow face paint dressed as a hunter-gatherer
It's an exciting time to be examining human evolution. New fossils and techniques are transforming what we know.

Museum scientists are at the forefront of research on our early human relatives, and the origin and cultural development of our own species.

Earlier this month, their groundbreaking ancient DNA research revealed the face of 10,000-year-old Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton of our species ever found in Britain.
How humans evolved
Image of a chimpanzee

How did we become human?

We explain the features that make us human and when they appeared.
Fossil jaw fragment

Out of Africa

A newly discovered fossil jawbone reveals our species had already left Africa 180,000 years ago.
The story of humans in Britain
Reconstruction of the first Britons

First Britons

Cheddar Man's tribe was one of the first groups of people to move into Britain at the end of the last Ice Age. But Britain's human story stretches back much further. Find out about the other humans who have lived here, from Neanderthals to the first pioneers.