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)
March 7th, 2007
Archaeologists Find Signs Of Early Chimps' Tool Use
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: February 13, 2007
October 13th, 2005
Additional fossils attributed to Homo floresiensis have been described. These fossils provided more evidence for an endemic species of small bodied Homo on Flores.
The new fossils are described in the following article:
September 30th, 2005
Great apes, including chimpanzees and orangutans, have been observed using tools in the wild but until now tool use had not been observed in gorillas. Two new reports highlight the ability of gorillas to use tools in the wild. One report documents gorillas using sticks to test the depth of water and another report documents nut cracking behavior in a gorilla.
September 1st, 2005
The genome of the chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes, has been sequenced. Several other species, including humans, have had their genomes sequenced previously.