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July 7th, 2012

A Towering Figure Is Gone

July 07, 2012

Philip V. Tobias, a world renowned paleoanthropologist, equally at home in the field or in his office preparing descriptions, has died at 87. He succeeded Raymond Dart as department head at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In his long and fulfilling career he worked with the Leakeys at Olduvai Gorge and fought apartheid at home.

July 1st, 2012

The diet of Australopithecus sediba

July 01, 2012

This is the title of a paper appearing last week in the journal Nature.  A careful examination of fossilized tooth enamel and a plaque from this intriguing (and controversial) taxon discovered at a site called Malapa in South Africa in 2008, provides a detailed insight to the diet of one species of hominin at a particular place and time.