Human evolution

Wanting to understand who we are, where we come from and how we evolved is part of what makes us human.

Intriguing fossil and archaeological discoveries combined with innovative techniques and DNA research are transforming scientists' understanding of the origin of our species, Homo sapiens, and the evolution, behaviour and capabilities of our ancient human relatives.

  • Analysing the bones: what can a skeleton tell you?

    31 May 2017

    How scrutinising a person's bones and teeth can disclose who they were, how they lived and even how they died.

  • How we became human

    19 February 2016

    What features make us human? And where, when and why did they evolve?

  • Tracing our genetic ancestry

    17 December 2015

    Our DNA offers us the chance to look into our ancient past. Discover what six celebrities learned when they had their DNA analysed.

  • First adult Neanderthal skull

    17 December 2015

    Listen to the tale of the first adult Neanderthal skull unearthed and what we've uncovered about our close relative in the past 160 years.

  • The oldest human footprints in Europe

    17 December 2015

    Follow the progress of a team of scientists as they realise they have uncovered human footprints that are around 900,000 years old.

  • The Neanderthal in us

    17 December 2015

    Many of us carry around two per cent Neanderthal DNA in our genes. Professor Chris Stringer discusses why and what it means.

  • The origin of our species

    13 December 2015

    Gallery developer Jenny Wong takes us on a tour of the Museum's Human Evolution gallery.

  • How the Neanderthals got their big noses

    7 December 2015

    Professor Chris Stringer discusses a Museum fossil that helps explain why Neanderthals looked different to us.

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