Researchers publish in "Nature" their discovery of stone tools in Norfolk suggesting that humans landed there almost a million years ago.
A study published in "Nature" estimates that during the last glacial maximum, low-to-mid latitude land surfaces at low elevation cooled on average by 5.8 °C relative to their present day temperatures. The study was based on an analysis of noble gases dissolved in groundwater rather than examinations of species abundances that have been used in the past.
Paleontologists at the University of Bristol announce, through the "Nature" journal, the discovery of the world's oldest lizard fossil, estimated to be 240 million years old. The fossil, "Megachirella wachtleri", is the most ancient known ancestor of all modern lizards and snakes.
Researchers report in the journal Nature the discovery of three potentially habitable, Earth-like exoplanets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius.
An article published in "Nature" reports high levels of molecular oxygen found by the Rosetta space probe on comet 67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This discovery could have implications for theories of the origin of the solar system.
"Nature" publishes Penn State University findings of Ancient shells with 430,000-year-old engravings believed to be made by "Homo erectus", changing beliefs on artistic expression and tool use by ancestors of "Homo sapiens". Dutch anthropologist Eugene Dubois found the collection in Java in 1891 and Penn State discovered the markings in a museum in the city of Leiden.
Five southern Africans, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have their genomes analysed by scientists and published in "Nature", with Tutu excited to discover he is "related to the San people, the first people to inhabit Southern Africa".