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Written By: grant on March 19, 2015 No Comment

A bit of a jawbone (and a bit of computer modeling) has given us a long-awaited glimpse of our new oldest ancestor:

On 29 January 2013, scientists combing a stretch of northeastern Ethiopia’s Afar region found a 2.8-million-year-old jawbone that may belong to the earliest of the Homo species — perhaps the first ancient […]

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Written By: grant on February 7, 2015 No Comment

CNTV reports on the discovery of Yuan Dynasty artwork – a trove of murals from the time when the Khans ruled:

The tomb was discovered last year when a heavy downpour washed away the top stone. After excavation work by archaeologists, the remarkable appearance of the murals are now revealed for the public’s pleasure.

The tomb […]

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Written By: grant on February 6, 2015 No Comment

Or, Live Science kinda sorta points out, it might not. But the thing sold as a “garden ornament” is certainly ancient and mysterious:

The hefty carving was up for sale as a garden ornament when archaeologist and TV presenter James Balme found it. The carving, which was very dirty, may have been plowed up many […]

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Written By: grant on January 30, 2015 No Comment

Siberian Times, the paper of record for the taiga, reports on the first successful reconstruction of ancient brain surgery:

Neurosurgeons have been working with anthropologists and archaeologists over the past year following the discovery of holes in the skulls of three ancient sets of remains in the Altai Mountains.

Evidence at the time suggested […]

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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