We humans have been so successful in spreading across the world and changing our habitat to suit ourselves that it is sometimes easy to forget that we are animals too. But how did we separate from the other great apes, and where did modern humans first evolve? Find out the answers to these intriguing questions and much more.
Explore the early origins of our species, Homo sapiens, and find out how recent discoveries are shaping the understanding of where and when our species evolved.
We are part of an extended evolutionary family tree, but just who were our early relatives? Find out what we know about them, from their looks and lifestyle, to when and where they lived.
When did humans first arrive in Britain and how did they live? Find out about the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project and some of its major discoveries so far.
Keep up to date with the most recent research and discoveries that are adding to the understanding of our ancient past.
Investigate human evolution for yourself with the help of these interactives. Compare 3D skulls, bring a Neanderthal to life with augmented reality, and more.
100 years on, discover what we know about this huge hoax – once believed to be the 'missing link' between apes and humans.
Find out about the key suspects and new research that could finally reveal the truth.