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Can We Define Race?

August 27, 2015

Nicholas Wade has been staff writer for the Science page of the New York Times and in 2014 published A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History. Some of the author’s conclusions have raised controversy, prompting two scientists to publish a thorough and detailed rebuttal of what they see as errors in Wade’s attempt to suggest racial differences..

Ancient sex, modern benefit?

July 29, 2015

Successful interbreeding by Homo sapiens emerging from Africa with Neanderthals and Denisovans may have led to the acquisition of genes favorable to human adaptation, reports Nature Magazine.

Earliest Neanderthal Encounters

June 24, 2015

Science writer Ewen Callaway, writing in the journal Nature this week, examines recent evidence of the earliest encounters in Europe  between long resident Neanderthals and waves of modern humans migrating from Africa.

New find, old questions

June 01, 2015

Butele is a paleontological locality in the Afar region of Ethiopia, near the better known sites of Gona and Hadar (where Australopithecus afarensis -  Lucy was found in 1974).

Latest on the Oldest (stone tools, that is)

May 20, 2015

A month ago we posted - Oldest Stone Tools? - the announcement of possibly the oldest stone tools ever. The discovery was reported at a scientific meeting in San Francisco and has been followed up with a paper published this week in the journal Nature.

Oldest stone tools?

April 21, 2015

The likelihood the oldest stone tools to date, at 3.3 MYA (million years ago), have been discovered was revealed at a meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society last week in San Francisco.

Earliest Evidence of Genus Homo

March 13, 2015

An American team working in the Afar region of Ethiopia has found the earliest evidence of our genus Homo, it was announced last week in the journal Science.

Intriguing Cave Find Announced

February 06, 2015

The discovery of a fragment of a human cranium located in a cave in the Galilee, was announced in the journal Nature this week. The fragment is a skullcap or calvaria and dated to 55,000 years ago.

Earliest evidence of symbolic behavior found

December 03, 2014

Long overlooked fresh water shells lying in a museum drawer for more than a century have yielded the earliest evidence of symbolic behavior, according to an article in Nature this week..

The article is entitled “Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving“, by Josephine C. A. Joordens et al. The abstract of the article states:

Lucy is forty!

November 24, 2014

Lucy, the three million year old fossil skeleton, turns 40 today. On November 24, 1974 a young paleoanthropologist named Donald Johanson was returning to camp. He glanced over his shoulder and something caught his eye. A bit of bone protruding from the sloping ground.

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