October 23rd, 2014

Oldest Human Genome Reported

October 23, 2014

The finding of the oldest human genetic material is reported this week. A femoral shaft (thigh bone without ends to fit with hip and knee)was found in Siberia and dated to 45,000 years ago.

October 23rd, 2014

Revisiting the Hobbit

October 23, 2014

On the tenth anniversary of the announcement of a close human relative, Homo floresiensis, nicknamed The Hobbit, noted paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer revisits the find in an article in Nature this week.

October 7th, 2014

Johanson on Twitter

October 07, 2014

Donald Johanson, discoverer of the famous fossil "Lucy" and narrator of the Documentary Becoming Human on this website,can now be followed on Twitter.

September 4th, 2014

First Evidence of Neanderthal Art?

September 04, 2014

Neanderthals were capable of abstract expression, according  to a paper published this week by European archeologists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS).

August 25th, 2014

Earlier Dates for Neanderthal Extinction

August 25, 2014

Recent recalculation of dates associated with bone and artifacts found at 40 Neanderthal sites has determined the last Neanderthals became extinct between 39,000 and 41,000 years ago.

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.