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March 10th, 2016

Chew on this

March 10, 2016

Human anatomy and behavior appear to have changed significantly around two million years ago with the emergence of a new hominin species, Homo erectus.  Brains were larger, legs were longer, the ability to range greater distances expanded. What caused these changes?

December 17th, 2015

Star Wars & Evolution

December 17, 2015

The  Nature Podcast this week has two items of more than passing interest: a new board game called Evolution and a discussion of the psychological and cultural references in the new Star Wars, The Force Awakens.

Give a listen at the Nature Podcast.

September 20th, 2015

New Home Page

September 20, 2015

We have revamped the Home Page for this website, in order to make it more compact and fit mobile device screens better. Same reliable content, same ease of navigation. Check it out!

September 18th, 2015

New or more of the same?

September 18, 2015

A few years ago in South Africa spelunkers were exploring a cave near Johannesburg. Working their way through a series of smaller and larger spaces, they found themselves in a small chamber with a scattering of bones on the surface.  Thus began an intriguing search to discover the nature and significance of these bones.

August 27th, 2015

Can We Define Race?

August 27, 2015

Nicholas Wade has been staff writer for the Science page of the New York Times and in 2014 published A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History. Some of the author’s conclusions have raised controversy, prompting two scientists to publish a thorough and detailed rebuttal of what they see as errors in Wade’s attempt to suggest racial differences..

July 29th, 2015

Ancient sex, modern benefit?

July 29, 2015

Successful interbreeding by Homo sapiens emerging from Africa with Neanderthals and Denisovans may have led to the acquisition of genes favorable to human adaptation, reports Nature Magazine.

June 24th, 2015

Earliest Neanderthal Encounters

June 24, 2015

Science writer Ewen Callaway, writing in the journal Nature this week, examines recent evidence of the earliest encounters in Europe  between long resident Neanderthals and waves of modern humans migrating from Africa.

June 1st, 2015

New find, old questions

June 01, 2015

Butele is a paleontological locality in the Afar region of Ethiopia, near the better known sites of Gona and Hadar (where Australopithecus afarensis -  Lucy was found in 1974).

May 20th, 2015

Latest on the Oldest (stone tools, that is)

May 20, 2015

A month ago we posted - Oldest Stone Tools? - the announcement of possibly the oldest stone tools ever. The discovery was reported at a scientific meeting in San Francisco and has been followed up with a paper published this week in the journal Nature.

April 21st, 2015

Oldest stone tools?

April 21, 2015

The likelihood the oldest stone tools to date, at 3.3 MYA (million years ago), have been discovered was revealed at a meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society last week in San Francisco.