May 18th, 2011

Neanderthals in the news

May 18, 2011

Neanderthals were back in the news last week. But then, Neanderthals are seldom out of the news and have not ceased to fascinate us since they were discovered and named about 150 years ago.

May 9th, 2011

Johanson, Leakey Meet in New York

May 09, 2011

Two renowned fossil hunters, once rivals, met before an appreciative audience in New York last week and discussed the significance of their finds and the importance of increased public understanding of evolution.

March 15th, 2011

Comprehensive Look At Our Humanity

March 15, 2011

The New York Times'Science section for March 15, 2011 offers readers a variety of articles on the human condition and how we became human.  Starting with cells, these articles explore human evolution and our relationships with other living things, including our pets.

February 10th, 2011

Small Bone - Big Find

February 10, 2011

A small, three million year old bone found ten years ago and recently analyzed is helping to resolve an important question and illustrates how exacting science is done.

February 1st, 2011

New Transcripts Available

February 01, 2011

Two new transcripts of our award winning Documentary are available at BecomingHuman.

August 11th, 2010

Earliest stone tool evidence revealed

August 11, 2010

Until  now the earliest evidence of stone tools was found at Gona in Ethiopia in 1994.  The artifacts have been securely dated to 2.6 million years and  were clearly manufactured, as opposed to shapes formed naturally by erosion or being tumbled in streams.  They corresponded in size, shape and apparent usage to the most rudimentary stone tool technology, called Oldo

August 10th, 2010

How Science Is Done: field schools

August 10, 2010

Field schools offer university level students an intensive, hands on way to sharpen their paleontological and archaeological knowledge.  Field schools are operated by academic institutions at working sites.  Students accepted at field school pay tuition, as a rule, and receive credit in equivalent classroom hours after a number of weeks' instruction in geology, mapping, searching for and catalo

July 10th, 2010

New Fossil Find in Ethiopia

July 10, 2010

Field work beginning in 2002 in the Afar Depression (Ethiopia) culminated in an announcement three weeks ago of a new addition to the species Australopithecus afarensis.

June 29th, 2010

Look Ma, No Bones!

June 29, 2010

For most of the twentieth century what we knew about human evolution derived from the finding and analysis of fossilized bone.  Reconstruction of bone fragments, comparison with previous finds and contemporary ape and human anatomy kept pushing our understanding of human origins deeper in time.  A dramatic example of this point was the 1974 discovery of AL-288-1, the partial Au.

May 20th, 2010

The Neanderthal - modern human connection?

May 20, 2010

A sixty percent complete, “first draft” of the Neanderthal genome has been prepared by scientists with the Max Planck Institute in Germany and there is evidence there was interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans about 80,000 years ago in the Levant.  This announcement appeared in the journal Science on May 8 and has had a mixed reception.