study of ancient humans

Paleoanthropology (or palaeoanthropology) combines the study of paleontology and physical anthropology. It is the study of human evolution.[1]

A museum display of fossil hominid skulls

The subject is also closely connected to archaeology.[2] The evidence of tool-making and other activities shows the subtle but important changes in thinking that early humans went through.[3]

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  1. "Introduction to human evolution". National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  2. Barry Lewis; Robert Jurmain & Lynn Kilgore 2013. Understanding humans: an introduction to physical anthropology and archaeology. 11th ed, Belmont CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, p. 18.
  3. "Dexterity and early tools". PBS: Evolution. WGBH Educational Foundation; Clear Blue Sky Productions, Inc. Retrieved 17 August 2016.