All posts tagged with Australia

A story of Australian repatriation

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The September issue of Smithsonian magazine has a feature article by Tony Perrottet recounting the burial ceremony for the “Mungo Man” skeleton, which happen...

First Peoples: Asia, and Australia

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First Peoples continues tonight on PBS, with two episodes that focus on the dispersal of modern humans into Asia and Australia.

Coming: ‘First Peoples’ on PBS

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This month, PBS in the United States will be premiering a new five-part series on the origins and spread of modern humans around the world, called First Peop...

Looking back on Mungo

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In a recent article, the geologist Jim Bowler gives a retrospective on the 1974 discovery of the “Mungo Man” skeleton in Australia: “Mungo Man is a physical ...

Hunting the Denisovan belt

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The other day I was having a long conversation about Denisovans and human origins. My friend suggested that “Denisovans” sound like some kind of Star Trek ci...

Denisova at high coverage

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Science today has released the new paper on the Denisova high-coverage genome by Mattias Meyer and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s group Meyer:Denisova:2012. ...

Bones from the Torres Strait Islands

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The BBC has an interesting article about the repatriation of skeletal remains from Torres Strait Islanders, held at the Natural History Museum, London: “Torr...

Genyornis in Australian rock art?

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Lots of cave paintings in Europe depict animals now extinct. Australian researchers have recently identified a rock painting as a depiction of the extinct th...

What kangaroos do…

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In the current issue of Heredity, Neaves and colleagues describe the results of their analysis of 12 microsatellite loci and the mtDNA of two kangaroo specie...

Food notes

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I’m laughing so hard it hurts:

Extinct marsupial lion in Australian rock art

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Speaking of super-predators from the past, Natural History Magazine has a short article describing Australian rock art that may depict the extinct marsupial ...

How fast to Australia?

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Science's Michael Balter reviews the recent Cambridge conference on "Global Origins and Development of Seafaring". The article begins with a suggestion th...

What happened to the Australian megafauna?

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Australia is well known for its unique animals. It has the most extensive diversity of marsupial mammals found anywhere in the world. Together with nearby N...