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April 7th, 2020

Broken Hill cranium re-examined

April 07, 2020

In 1921, a well preserved cranium was found at a mining site called Broken Hill  in what is now Zambia, then southern Rhodesia. The cranium was estimated to be half a million years old and was given a new species name, Homo rhodesiensis.

April 2nd, 2020

Three separate species, together in time

April 02, 2020

The side of Drimolem in South Africa has yielded a remarkable array of fossils, it was reported in the journal Science on April 3. The fossil crania found represent two genera, Paranthropus robustus (designated DNH 152) and Homo erectus (DNH 134); they have been dated to a tightly constrained 2.04 to 1.95 million years ago.

January 26th, 2020

DNA from Camaroon

January 26, 2020

A paper published in the journal  Nature on January 22 deals with evidence far more recent than one usually finds on this website. DNA from four children, two of them buried 3000 years ago and two of them buried 8000 years ago, speak to human dispersal in sub Saharan Africa. These four individuals are most closely related to Bantu speaking people today.

December 16th, 2019

Earliest human figurative art claimed

December 16, 2019

Published in the journal Nature for 11 December 2019is a paper describing the oldest example of human figurative art and dated to approximately 44,000 years ago buy uranium series methods. A cave named Leang Blu’ Sipong 4 was investigated in 2017  by a team led by Maxine Aubert and yielded a panel proximately 15 feet long, depicting animals apparently being hunted by "anthropes", i.

September 2nd, 2019

Consequential fossil find from Ethiopia

September 02, 2019

In a paper published in the journal Nature this week, Yohannes Haile Selassie et al. attribute a fossil cranium found in Ethiopia in 2016 to the species Australopithecus anamensis and discourse on its relationship to fossils of the same species found earlier, as well as its relationship to A. afarensis, until now thought to be an evolutionary descendant of A.

September 1st, 2019

Coastwise hypothesis confirmed?

September 01, 2019

A paper in the journal Science this week offers evidence of the as yet oldest human occupational site in the New World. The site is Cooper's Ferry in Idaho and radio carbon dating yields an age range of 16560 to 15280 years ago. The authors, Davis et al.

July 23rd, 2019

A. africanus dietry history indicated

July 23, 2019

A technique to tease out the dietary history of fossilized hominins    has been used with some of the more recent hominins in the human lineage, such as  H. sapiens and H. neanderthalensis.

July 23rd, 2019

A. africanus dietry history indicated

July 23, 2019

A technique to tease out the dietary history of fossilized hominins  then  has been used with some of the more recent hominins in the human lineage, such as  H. sapiens and H. neanderthalensis. In a paper published in the 15 July Edition of the journal nature, a team led by Renaud Joannes-Boyau reports on the use of this technique with two fossil specimens from the species A.

July 17th, 2019

Reexamined fossils yield startling results

July 17, 2019

Two fossils found in Apidima Cave southern Greece,  in the early 70s have yielded startling results after undergoing reanalysis, according to a paper published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature and named Apidima 1 and 2.  The paper is entitled “Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia” by Harvati et al.

May 4th, 2019

New high altitude hominin found

May 04, 2019

A widely reported hominin jawbone, found in a Tibetan cave and dated to 160,000 years ago, was announced this week. The fossil jawbone was identified as" Dennisovan", according to the investigative team. The dating of the jawbone was ascertained by the UT (uranium-thorium) method.

This fossil is significant in a number of respects: