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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, onĀ  one occasion no more than a year apart, and the second phenomenon, significantly earlier arrival of H.