October 20th, 2022

Neanderthal News

October 20, 2022

Two Siberian caves have yielded bones of 13 individuals, offering fascinating genetic perspectives, according to an article entitled Genetic insights into the social organization of Neanderthals published in the journal Nature this week. Chagyrskaya Cave gave the authors of this paper, Skov et al.

September 10th, 2022

31,000 year old successful amputation reported

September 10, 2022

Maloney et al. in the journal Nature this week report the oldest known amputation (31,000 years ago) with the individual living six years beyond the amputation. The abstract of the paper tells the story:

July 10th, 2022

New dates claimed for Australopithecus africanus

July 10, 2022

In the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) for June 27 of this year, Granger et al. add to their findings, first reported in the journal Nature in 2015. In 2015 they reported on Sterkfontein member 2. In this PNAS paper, they report on their findings with regard to member 4: Sterkfontein Member 4 bears a much earlier date than previously determined.

February 13th, 2022

Alternating occupancy in France 50,000 years ago

February 13, 2022

A remarkable paper, appearing in Science Advances last week and authored by Slimack et al., reports to phenomena: alternating occupancy of a rock shelter overlooking the wrong valley by Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens, on  one occasion no more than a year apart, and the second phenomenon, significantly earlier arrival of H.

December 19th, 2021

Footprints from Laetoli Analyzed

December 19, 2021

In 1978, a team led by Mary Leakey uncovered several trackways of animal foot prints at a site in Tanzania called Laetoli. There were bird and other animal footprints but what caught everyone's attention were prints that appeared to be human. Some trackways containing the human foot prints were 60 feet in length, some were as short as 5 feet.

September 5th, 2021

Saudi Arabia & Out of Africa

September 05, 2021

Two articles on middle and late Pleistocene incursions by Homo sapiens and earlier Hominins into what is now Saudi Arabia were published in the journal Nature on September 1.

August 7th, 2021

Neanderthal cave painting claimed

August 07, 2021

A paper appearing in the journal  PNAS for August 17 of this year , authored by Pitch-Narti  et al  claims symbolic artwork by Neanderthals. The paper is in titled “The symbolic role of the underground world among Middle Paleolithic Neanderthals”.

June 5th, 2021


June 05, 2021

A fascinating and well illustrated article appearing in the journal Nature this week examines the related questions of how long ago  our ancestors began to count material objects and weather, through linguistics, we can determine the origins of commonality in counting (quantification).

November 20th, 2020

Hypotheses: one out, one in

November 20, 2020

The "Cradle of Humankind" Northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa comprises a number of limestone cave localities named Kromdraai, Sterkfontein and Swartkrans.

November 12th, 2020

High altitude Tibetan plateau yields Denisovan DNA

November 12, 2020

In a paper authored by Zhang et al. and published in the journal Science on October 30, a research team reports the discovery of Denisovan mitochondrial DNA at 328o meters (10,760 feet)  altitude on the Tibetan Plateau.