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.
Archaeologists unearth skull of an ‘unlucky’ 5,000-year-old man who underwent failed brain surgery with stone ‘scalpel’ (DailyMail 10/22/10)
A Bronze Age man in his 20s who died after brain surgery has been discovered His skull was found in Crimea and archaeologists believe he was operated on It was found by the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Llamas were the preferred sacrificial animals of the Inka Empire, their ritual value second only to that of human beings. Recent archaeological excavations at the Inka settlement of Tambo Viejo in the Acari Valley on the Peruvian south coast have revealed a number of ritually sacrificed llamas in a unique context.
A new methodology with chemical and physical analyses differentiates Ibero-Roman from Punic ceramic fragments ( Phys.org 20/10/0)
The recognition of the various types of amphorae from a morphological point of view is usually used as a tool to learn their origin and, consequently, the trade routes of antiquity.
A study from an international research team helps refining the chronology of two of the oldest archaeological sites in Western Europe, both located in the Centre Region of France.
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.