Near-complete human ancestor discovered in neglected chunk of rock

South African scientists say they've discovered the most complete skeleton ever of an early human ancestor - in a rock that had lain unnoticed in a lab for years.

New human species discovered

You wait ages for a new human species, and then two come along at once. Hard on the heels of the discovery of a new type of hominin in Siberia, an international team says it's found the closest yet type of australopithecine to modern humans.

New hominin identified from DNA in pinky bone

Analysis of a tiny fossil has indicated that a third type of hominin may have lived alongside early humans and Neanderthals in central Asia 40,000 years ago.