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May 21st, 2020

Transdisciplinary research in South Africa

May 21, 2020

Dr. Curtis Marean is foundation professor and assistant director at the Institute of Human Origins, School of human evolution and social change, at Arizona State University. He sends this report to becominghuman.org:

May 20th, 2020

Neanderthal-H. sapiens encounters in Europe

May 20, 2020

Until now the earliest encounters in Europe between members of our species, Homo sapiens, migrating out of Africa and Neanderthals was thought to have occurred around 45,000 years ago. See Earliest Neanderthal Encounters published on this website in 2015.

April 7th, 2020

Broken Hill cranium re-examined

April 07, 2020

In 1921, a well preserved cranium was found at a mining site called Broken HillĀ  in what is now Zambia, then southern Rhodesia. The cranium was estimated to be half a million years old and was given a new species name, Homo rhodesiensis.

April 2nd, 2020

Three separate species, together in time

April 02, 2020

The side of Drimolem in South Africa has yielded a remarkable array of fossils, it was reported in the journal Science on April 3. The fossil crania found represent two genera, Paranthropus robustus (designated DNH 152) and Homo erectus (DNH 134); they have been dated to a tightly constrained 2.04 to 1.95 million years ago.

January 26th, 2020

DNA from Camaroon

January 26, 2020

A paper published in the journalĀ  Nature on January 22 deals with evidence far more recent than one usually finds on this website. DNA from four children, two of them buried 3000 years ago and two of them buried 8000 years ago, speak to human dispersal in sub Saharan Africa. These four individuals are most closely related to Bantu speaking people today.