Researchers study the unique hydraulics in the Barbegal water mills, the world’s earliest known industrial plant ( 11/16/20)

The Barbegal watermills in southern France are a unique complex dating back to the second century AD. The construction and its 16 waterwheels represent the first attempt in Europe to build a machine complex on an industrial scale. The complex was created when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power.

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.

Lunch Break Science #14 | Christopher Gilbert

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…

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.