Archaeology, Paradigms, Science

Human ‘missing link’ fossils may be jumble of species

14 Apr , 2014  

“ONE of our closest long-lost relatives may never have existed. The fossils ofAustralopithecus sediba, which promised to rewrite the story of human evolution, may actually be the remains of two species jumbled together. The first fossils of A. sediba were found at Malapa, South Africa, in 2008. At 2 million years old, they show a mix of features, some similar […]

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Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Paradigms, Science

‘Homo’ is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases

4 Apr , 2014  

“Andalusian researchers, led by the University of Granada, have discovered a curious characteristic of the members of the human lineage, classed as the genus Homo: they are the only primates where, throughout their 2.5-million year history, the size of their teeth has decreased alongside the increase in their brain size. The key to this phenomenon, […]

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Archaeology, Paradigms, Science

Discoveries Challenge Beliefs on Humans’ Arrival in the Americas

2 Apr , 2014  

“SERRA DA CAPIVARA NATIONAL PARK, Brazil — Niede Guidon still remembers her astonishment when she glimpsed the paintings. Preserved amid the bromeliad-encrusted plateaus that tower over the thorn forests of northeast Brazil, the ancient rock art depicts fierce battles among tribesmen, orgiastic scenes of prehistoric revelry and hunters pursuing their game, spears in hand. “These […]

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Archaeology, Paradigms, Science

New Study Finds No Last Common Ancestor of Modern Humans and Neanderthals

23 Oct , 2013  

“A dental study of 1,200 molars and premolars from 13 hominin species shows that no known species matches the expected profile of the last common ancestor of Homo neanderthalensis and anatomically modern Homo sapiens. The study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also provides evidence that the lines that led to Neanderthals and modern humans […]

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Archaeology, Science

Did Humans Arrive in Americas 30,000 Years Ago?

16 Oct , 2013  

“Although Christopher Columbus is associated with discovering America, the 15th century explorer actually first set foot upon modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic. But people were inhabiting both North and South America for thousands of years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Historians commonly believe that humans first crossed to the Americans from Asia […]

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Research finds Neandertals, not modern humans, made first specialized bone tools in Europe

22 Sep , 2013  

“One day in 2011, undergraduate student Naomi Martisius was sorting through tiny bone remnants in the University of California, Davis, paleoanthropology lab when she stumbled across a peculiar piece. The bone fragment, from a French archaeological site, turned out to be a part of an early specialized bone tool used by a Neandertal before the first […]

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