Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists Lunch Break Science #19| Yohannes Haile-Selassie Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Yohannes Haile-Selassie, one of the world’s foremost experts in paleoanthropology, and learn about his work uncovering fossils in Ethiopia.
Prehistoric bone etchings believed to be among oldest evidence of human use of symbols (Phys.org 02/04/21)
While scientists and historians have long surmised that etchings on stones and bones have been used as a form of symbolism dating back as early as the Middle Paleolithic period (250,000-45,000 BCE), findings to support that theory are extremely rare.
Rare 5,000-year-old crystal dagger is uncovered in Prehistoric Iberian megalithic (DailyMail 02/02/21)
Ancient tools that once belonged to prehistoric civilizations have been found all over the world, but a discovery in Spain is unlike those traditionally made of stone or flint.
A joint Egyptian-Dominican operation has announced the discovery of 16 burials in rock-cut tombs, at the Temple of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria, Egypt.
Elk teeth pendants may have been the jewelry of choice for at least one Stone Age group that lived 8,200 years ago.
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Early humans used prehistoric tool to chop bones, eat the marrow: Israeli study (Times of Israel 01/21/21)
Tel Aviv University researchers solve mystery of sharp-edged devices, found in many areas and known to have been in use for over 2 million years.
On the origins of money: Ancient European hoards full of standardized bronze objects (Eurekalert 01/20/21)
Early Bronze Age cultures traded in bronze objects of standardized weight.
The dog, outfitted in a collar with a bell, was placed next to the 1-year-old’s feet.
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has revealed details of the latest landmark discoveries to emerge from the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo. The vast burial grounds sit in what was once Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to more than a dozen pyramids, including Egypt’s oldest, the Pyramid of Djoser.
Archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest known animal cave painting in Indonesia – a wild pig – believed to be drawn 45,500 years ago.
Fieldwork led by Dr. Eleanor Scerri, head of the Pan-African Evolution Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany and Dr. Khady Niang of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, has documented the youngest known occurrence of the Middle Stone Age.