September 24th, 2007
In a paper appearing on September 20 in Science, analysis of the wrist bones of Homo floresiensis demonstrates this skeleton could not be a dwarf human, as has been argued. The paper also adds to the accumulating evidence the specimen is a strange mix of nearly modern and very primitive characteristics.
September 6th, 2007
The suggestion interbreeding occurred between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens nearly 40,000 years ago, announced in papers published last November in both Science and Nature, has now been called into question.
August 22nd, 2007
Fossils from Kenya, with implications on the relationship between Homo habilis and Homo erectus, and uncovered in the year 2000, wee announced in a letter appearing in the August 9. 2007 issue of Nature. The authors, F. E. Spoor, M. G. Leakey et al.
August 7th, 2007
The Child from Dikika
May 20th, 2007
"The Origin of Species" is almost 150 — a fit survivor of the science canon even if not everyone has seen fit to jump from the Ark to the Beagle on the matter of evolution (three Republican presidential candidates, for example). But Darwin himself was slow to come to his ideas, and slower still to disclose them to a skeptical public.
May 18th, 2007
teaser: By Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
This book, written for the general public, details the history of one of the lesser known branches in our family tree. The subject is the genus Proconsul, a primate that lived in Africa some 18 million years ago during the Miocene epoch.
May 9th, 2007
Teaser: By Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
March 16th, 2007
Noted leader in the field of human origins research dies Dr. Howell led or participated in fossil-hunting excavations around the world, in Turkey, Spain and China, as well as Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.
March 15th, 2007
The new science of the brain and DNA is rewriting the history of human origins is the somewhat grand claim appearing in the March 19 issue of Newsweek, now in the hands of subscribers and on newstands.
March 14th, 2007
Teaser: Recommended reading for students seeking a survey of the discipline and also for the general reader interested in obtaining a thorough overview of the study of human origins.
Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins (Zimmer);
The Complete World of Human Evolution (Stringer & Andrews)
Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (Wood)