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Link: Symbolism, beads and modern human behavior
A short piece in The Conversation by Christopher Henshilwood focuses on the importance of symbolic artifacts in understanding human origins.
28 Jan 2016
Notable: Plant use in Neolithic Nubia
Phytolith and starch remains from a Nubian cemetery show the early spread of Near Eastern crops .
15 Jan 2015
Notable: A tooth from West Turkana
A single molar can sometimes change our impression of ancient hominin populations.
07 Jan 2015
Mailbag: Latin words into Bantu
30 Aug 2013
The genetic complexity of recent migration into southern Africa
A new study documents recurrent Holocene gene flow into southern Africa from Eurasia
29 Aug 2013
Oldowan hunting behaviors at Kanjera South
A faunal exploitation study finds clues about brain consumption and prey choices
29 Apr 2013
Behavior of the first North African humans
Archaeological report from El-Kherba, Algeria, with implications for human occupation range
07 Mar 2013
Quote: Craig Stanford on gorilla habitat threats
22 Jan 2013
Recent evolution of coding variants
Probing the pattern of noncoding rare variation in whole exome data.
05 Dec 2012
The North African Neandertal descendants
A study of North African genetic variation shows that Neandertal genes were widespread in the area before the Neolithic.
18 Oct 2012
Quote: Lederberg on Haldane
30 Sep 2012
27 Jul 2012
Neandertal introgression, 1000 Genomes style
We're quantifying the amount of Neandertal ancestry in whole genome data from living people.
10 Dec 2011
The risk gradient
09 Nov 2011
African Homo erectus
African specimens from the Early Pleistocene are compared
08 Nov 2011
The Malapa Soft Tissue Project FAQ
The Malapa Soft Tissue Project is an experiment in open science, trying to uncover new facts about a unique discovery.
03 Sep 2011
Announcing the Malapa Soft Tissue Project
I announce and describe a project to study possible soft tissue evidence from a 2-million-year-old fossil hominin site.
03 Sep 2011
Digging deeper into the earliest Acheulean
A paper reports on the earliest evidence of the Acheulean, but misses the key story.
01 Sep 2011
Ugandapithecus skull found
19 Aug 2011
Views from Rhino Cave, Tsodilo Hills, Botswana
Summary of Sheila Coulson and colleagues' richly illustrated work on this MSA-era site
31 May 2011
Agriculture, population expansion and mtDNA variation
A study of mtDNA variation attempts to find the times and magnitudes of population expansions in early agriculturalists.
23 May 2011
Population structure within Africa: has "modern human origins" become a non sequitur?
15 Mar 2011
North by Northeast
25 Jan 2011
The paleolakes of Egypt
Acheulean-era people may have lived along an Erie-sized lake in the Nile corridor.
03 Dec 2010
Cutmarked bones from Dikika critiqued
The claim of stone tool use by A. africanus comes under fire.
17 Nov 2010
Scanning the ape fecome
27 Sep 2010
Falciparum malaria came from gorillas
22 Sep 2010
The shrinking youth
The Nariokotome skeleton once defined the tall linear body form for early Homo. Now it's 5'4".
17 Sep 2010
Mailbag: The Neandertal fraction
07 Sep 2010
Australopithecus afarensis used stone tools
A report finds cutmarks on fauna from Dikika, Ethiopia, 3.4 million years ago.
11 Aug 2010
Ardipithecus challenge explication: the canine-premolar complex
My description of the Science exchange between Sarmiento and White turns to the teeth.
29 Jun 2010
Fishy story from Koobi Fora
The Turkana Basin joins other areas providing evidence of dietary flexibility and aquatic resource use by early Homo.
13 Jun 2010
Ardipithecus challenge explication: the pelvis
Tim White and Esteban Sarmiento face off in Science about Ardipithecus. I try to explain.
01 Jun 2010
African population structure and Neandertal population mixture
07 May 2010
Morocco early Aterian
05 May 2010
31 Mar 2010
African-American mtDNA and regional populations of Africa
12 Mar 2010
01 Mar 2010
Is there a common coding variant of FOXP2 in southern Africa?
28 Feb 2010
Mailbag: Hidden lactase persistence alleles?
20 Feb 2010
A Sterkfontein visit
16 Jan 2010
Seeds of MSA diet breadth
19 Dec 2009
Why didn't they let Kenyanthropus save them?
If A. anamensis evolved into A. afarensis, why do we need two names for them?
10 Dec 2009
The trouble about Kenyanthropus and Ardi
10 Dec 2009
The teeth that didn't bark
05 Dec 2009
Woronso-Mille: A ladder not a bush
This may be the snarkiest post about fossil hominins that I've ever hit the "publish" button on.
01 Dec 2009
NOVA: Becoming Human
03 Nov 2009
03 Nov 2009
Middle Stone Age bed and breakfast
Archaeological chemistry at Sibudu turns up evidence of grease drippings and bedding.
15 Oct 2009
07 Oct 2009
Upon the publication of the Aramis remains of Ardipithecus, I run through many of the key observations on the skeletons.
01 Oct 2009
30 Sep 2009
The shells of Trinil
Analysis of the invertebrate collections made by Dubois shows evidence for shellfish consumption by Homo erectus.
29 Sep 2009
Quote: Osborn on the Fayum beds
25 Aug 2009
Quote: Osborn on the reception of bug-hunters
24 Aug 2009
Quote: Osborn on biogeography
06 Aug 2009
Sahelanthropus: "The femur of Toumai?"
I publish exclusive photos of a femur associated with the Sahelanthropus type specimen.
03 Jul 2009
Learning, population size, and "modern human behavior"
12 Jun 2009
Sahelanthropus: Did camelherders bury Touma facing Mecca?
A bizarre story surfaces about the provenience of the Sahelanthropus fossils from Toros-Menalla.
18 May 2009
Paleoclimate in southern Africa
18 Apr 2009
African origins and phenotypic variance
25 Mar 2009
I'm tired of cutesy foot-related titles
28 Feb 2009
There's Stone Age, and then there's....
07 Feb 2009
Early iron in Africa
12 Jan 2009
Modern humans older than thought?
05 Dec 2008
Dating of Howieson's Poort and Still Bay industries
A paper by Zenobia Jacobs et al. puts these industries into fairly tight time intervals.
03 Nov 2008
The ancient struggle for existence between humans and giant clams
29 Aug 2008
Y chromosome migrations and African pastoralism
22 Aug 2008
New mandible from Thomas Quarry, Morocco
01 Jul 2008
Were ancient Africans divided into small, isolated bands?
Revisiting a paper that claims an African bottleneck, I examine the subject of population structure
08 May 2008
Did Gen Suwa just save paleoanthropology?
The discovery of a gorilla-like primate may demand a recalibration of the molecular clock
23 Aug 2007
Body size in Holocene southern Africa
13 Feb 2006
BROADLY CONSISTENT WATCH I
I introduce a new feature, looking for cases where two huge confidence intervals slightly overlap.
23 Sep 2005
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