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Written By: grant on January 16, 2015 No Comment

PhysOrg repeats a theme I’ve heard a lot lately – finding yet more evidence that Homo sapiens wasn’t really a step forward for Homo neanderthalensis:

A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. […]

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Written By: grant on January 14, 2015 No Comment

Nature reports on new clues that we learned to talk by learning to cut meat:

Here we present an experiment investigating the efficacy of transmission of Oldowan tool-making skills along chains of adult human participants (N=184) using five different transmission mechanisms. Across six measures, transmission improves with teaching, and particularly with language, but […]

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Written By: grant on December 10, 2014 No Comment

Nature looks over some triangles – not unlike capital letter As – etched into a shell on Java and determines they were carved by Homo erectus, 500,000 years ago:

By 40,000 years ago, and probably much earlier, anatomically modern humans — Homo sapiens — were painting on cave walls in places as far apart […]

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Written By: grant on October 9, 2014 No Comment

National Geographic explains why cave paintings in Sulawesi are winding back the origin of “art” as a concept to our African origins:

“Overwhelmingly depicted in Europe and Sulawesi were large, and often dangerous, mammal species that possibly played major roles in the belief systems of these people,” says archaeologist and study leader Maxime […]

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Written By: grant on September 26, 2014 No Comment

Nature examines – and possibly answers – a long-standing archaeological puzzle. How did a bunch of unrelated paleolithic people in different parts of the world develop the same technological tricks at the same time? They didn’t have little caveman radios, did they? No. It might just be that it steam engines when it’s steam-engine time, […]

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Written By: grant on September 8, 2014 No Comment

It helps, as the BBC points out, if you’re washing your hands in a river running through one of the world’s oldest civilizations. But for an 11-year-old boy in China’s Gaoyou County (not far from Nanjing), what could be cooler than finding a priceless ancient weapon:

“Some people even offered high prices to buy […]

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Written By: grant on September 3, 2014 No Comment

The Associated Press (through the Wall Street Journal and other outlets) has been sharing the discovery of the artwork that changes the way we think about Neanderthals… and the way they thought:

The cross-hatched engravings inside Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar are the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art, according to a team of […]

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Written By: grant on August 26, 2014 No Comment

The National (of the UAE) reports on radical new ways to deal with climate change… from the dawn of civilization:

The Bronze Age transition from the Umm An Nar (2700 to 2000 BC) to the Wadi Suq (2000 to 1300 BC) period is hotly debated by archaeologists.

The popular view is that external forces – […]

Written By: grant on August 15, 2014 No Comment

Jesus lived 2,000 years ago. There was no such thing as the English language, and most human beings had never even seen paper. 2,500 years before *that* is when we thought the first Egyptian mummies were made. But now, as New Scientist reports, we’ll have to move the date of the first mummies back […]

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