- 2016



September 1st, 2016

Did a fall from a tree kill Lucy?

September 01, 2016

A paleoanthropologist at the University of Texas in Austin hypothesizes Lucy died 3.2 million years ago  from injuries sustained after falling from a tree. In a paper published in the journal Nature this week, John Kappelman PhD and his team say CT scans of the original fossils indicate fractures consistent with a fall from a great height.

June 15th, 2016

More "Hobbit" news

June 15, 2016

The existence of human ancestors on the island of Flores in the Indonesian archipelago has been pushed back to approximately 700,000 years ago, it was announced in two papers appearing in Nature’s June 9th edition. The formal name of this species uncovered in 2004 is Homo floresiensis.

May 27th, 2016

French Cave yields startling find

May 27, 2016

Broken stalagmites forming two circles within a deep cave in France are reported in the journal Nature this week and dated to 176,000 years ago. Stalagmites are limestone objects on the floors of caves, formed as limestone bearing water drips from the cave ceiling.

May 6th, 2016

Darwin's Finches

May 06, 2016

May 6th, 2016

High energy humans

May 06, 2016

A paper in the journal Nature and commentary in Science shows humans are more energetic, burn more calories and have greater stores of fat than our primate cousins. Read commentary in Science

May 6th, 2016

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?