Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists Lunch Break Science # 12 | Margaret Crofoot and Grace Davis Meet Leakey Foundation grantees Margaret Crofoot and Grace Davis and learn about leadership and decision making in primate societies.
Fossil footprints: the fascinating story behind the longest-known prehistoric journey (Phys.org 10/13/20)
Every parent knows the feeling. Your child is crying and wants to go home, you pick them up to comfort them and move faster, your arms tired with a long walk ahead—but you cannot stop now. Now add to this a slick mud surface and a range of hungry predators around you.
An international study led by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) and the Department of Prehistory at the UAB has reconstructed the diets of pre-Columbian groups on the Amazon coast of Brazil, showing that tropical agroforestry was regionally variable.
Brain cells have been found in exceptionally preserved form in the remains of a young man killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago, an Italian study has revealed.
Neandertal babies had chests shaped like short, deep barrels and spines that curved inward more than those of humans, a build that until now was known only for Neandertal adults, researchers say.
Early human ancestors were using fire to make tools 300,000 years ago, flint blades unearthed in an Israeli cave reveal (Dailymail 10/5/20)
Fire was used to make tools by our early human ancestors some 300,000 years ago, an analysis of flint blades unearthed in a cave east of Tel Aviv has revealed.
Several genomic studies have previously shown that Neanderthals, Denisovans and anatomically modern humans interbred. Now, new research suggests the trio of populations were so genetically similar that they most certainly produced healthy, fertile hybrids.
Archaeologists uncovered a buried massacre in Spain. Bodies were frozen in time in the exact spots where they died (Businessinsider 20/20/20)
The remains that archaeologists have unearthed in northern Spain aren’t for the faint of heart: Skeletons of men, women, and children were frozen in time in the exact spots they died, their limbs scattered
Breathtaking Discovery of Australian Cave Art Shows Nature And Humans in Harmony (Sciencealert 2/10/20)
It’s no surprise that Australia, home to the oldest continuous human culture on Earth, holds 100,000 rock art sites from prehistoric times. And we’re still finding more.
Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists Lunch Break Science # 11 | Rachel Bynoe Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Rachel Bynoe and learn about her work exploring a submerged Pleistocene site off Happisburgh, England.
Modern humans reached westernmost Europe 5,000 years earlier than previously known (Phys.org 09/28/20)
Modern humans arrived in the westernmost part of Europe 41,000—38,000 years ago, about 5,000 years earlier than previously known, according to Jonathan Haws, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Louisville, and an international team of researchers.
Y chromosomes of Neandertals and Denisovans now sequenced (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 09/25/20)
Neandertals have adopted male sex chromosome from modern humans.