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August 14th, 2014

Ancient Denisovan genes enable modern Tibetan to handle high altitude

August 14, 2014

The authors of a paper in Nature this week  conclude a modification of a haplotype found in the Denisovan genome apparently has given modern Tibetans (and their ancestors) an adaptation to high altitude, thus avoiding the hypoxia thinner air causes in individuals lacking this genetic combination.

July 21st, 2014

Darwin Deleted

July 21, 2014

In Science Magazine for July 18 there appears a review of a provocative new book. In Darwin Deleted author Peter Bowler argues our understanding of evolutionary processes would be greatly altered had Charles Darwin not introduced his thinking to the world in 1859 with the publication of On the Origin of Species.

July 2nd, 2014

New look at the Neanderthal diet

July 02, 2014

The Nature Podcast this week reports (from another journal; an interesting finding from Germany: an indication Neanderthals may have consumed more vegetables than previously thought.

March 22nd, 2014

Humans: Last but not first

March 22, 2014

The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution.

Henry Ge

University of Chicago Press, 2013

October 17th, 2013

Indicative Fossil from Georgia

October 17, 2013

Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia is the well known site of the first evidence of Homo erectus outside of Africa and once more has yielded a rich find according to a paper in the journal Science this week. Known informally as Skull 5 and assigned the number D4500, this complete skull required no reconstruction.

October 17th, 2013

Indicative Fossil from Georgia

October 17, 2013

Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia is the well known site of the first evidence of Homo erectus outside of Africa and once more has yielded a rich find according to a paper in the journal Science this week. Known informally as Skull 5 and assigned the number D4500, this complete skull required no reconstruction.

October 8th, 2013

Singing Neanderthals?

October 08, 2013

The questions of when and why intelligent speech developed among humans continue to puzzle researchers. The increasing complexity of fashioning tools, from the simplest of stone implements to heat treatment and forging of metals, has been considered by some researchers as a proxy for intelligent speech but views differ as to where along the spectrum of increasing complexity did speech arise.

August 2nd, 2013

Single Mutation Sparks Dietary Revolution

August 02, 2013

A small event can have large consequences. So it is with a single gene controlling the production of an enzyme called lactase. Lactase enables infant mammals to digest lactose, the principal sugar in mother's milk ensuring the newborn has a reliable source of nutrition until able to digest solid food.

August 2nd, 2013

BecomingHuman Now On Facebook

August 02, 2013

BecomingHuman.org likes Facebook! And folks fascinated by the six million year human career can find BecomingHuman - the website with news and features on paleoanthropology - on Facebook. Check out our Facebook page. Let us know what you think.

June 9th, 2013

How Science Is Done (cont'd)

June 09, 2013

Two papers published in recent weeks demonstrate again the rigor of the scientific method. The first  concerned a 50,000-year-old Neanderthal tooth from Belgium, while the other pertained to the controversial Australopithecus sediba fossils from South Africa.