Prehistoric grave contains the remains of a baby who died at birth and those of his twin, who survived for an additional six to seven weeks.
2-Million-Year-Old Skull of Paranthropus robustus Suggests Climate Change Drove Rapid Changes (Sci-News 11/11/20
Paranthropus robustus is a small-brained extinct hominin that lived between 2 million and 1.2 million years ago in what is now South Africa. Discovered in 1938, it was among the first early hominins described and the first discovered robust australopithecine.
When modern humans arrived in Europe around 40,000 years ago, they made a discovery that was to change the course of history.
Egypt to unveil Saqqara area’s largest archaeological discovery this week (Egypt Independent 11/9/20)
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is set to announce this week what it claims to be Saqqara’s largest archaeological discovery.
Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists Lunch Break Science #14 | Christopher Gilbert Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Christopher Gilbert and learn about primate evolution. He will also discuss his discovery of a new fossil ape in northern India.
Woman the hunter: Ancient Andean remains challenge old ideas of who speared big game (Science 11/4/20)
When archaeologists discovered the bones of a 9000-year-old human in a burial pit high in the Andes, they were impressed by a tool kit of 20 stone projectile points and blades stacked neatly by the person’s side. All signs pointed to the discovery of a high-status hunter. “Everybody was talking about how this was a…
A study of the dental wear of 106 individuals buried in the Castellón Alto archaeological site (Granada, Spain) found that only women used their anterior teeth as tools to make threads and cords.
War in the time of Neanderthals: how our species battled for supremacy for over 100,000 years (The Conversation 11/02/20)
Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out overland, into Asia, then Europe, becoming Homo neanderthalensis – the Neanderthals. They weren’t our ancestors, but a sister species, evolving in parallel.
Neanderthals behaved similarly to modern humans in raising their children, whose pace of growth was similar to Homo sapiens.
DNA tracks mysterious Denisovans to Chinese cave, just before modern humans arrived nearby (Science 10/29/20)
For today’s Buddhist monks, Baishiya Karst Cave, 3200 meters high on the Tibetan Plateau, is holy. For ancient Denisovans, extinct hominins known only from DNA, teeth, and bits of bone found in another cave 2800 kilometers away in Siberia, it was a home.
Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists Lunch Break Science #13 | Catherine Markham Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Catherine Markham and learn about social competition in primate groups and her science outreach program Shutterbug Science.