All posts tagged with Europe

Link: A visit to La Grotte de Cotencher

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The SwissInfo news site has a nice article about a Neandertal site in Switzerland: “Meet a Neanderthal woman from one of Europe’s oldest cave sites”.

High recent admixture reported for Oase 1

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Some readers have asked me what I think of the reporting from the recent Biology of Genomes conference, that Qiaomei Fu and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s gr...

Cro-Magnon 1, dating and mtDNA

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I’m running through the new paper from Qiaomei Fu and colleagues Fu:revised:2013 about Upper Paleolithic mtDNA genomes. Probably several readers were wonderi...

Cheesy evidence

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I’m totally socked in with work this week, but this new paper in Nature is an interesting piece of archaeological chemistry relevant to diet change in the Eu...

Recent evolution of coding variants

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How did I get myself quoted in a story as the skeptic about recent human evolution? (“Human Evolution Enters an Exciting New Phase”). After all, I’ve been a ...

Dead Marshes in Denmark

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ScienceNordic describes an incredible Iron Age archaeological dig in Denmark: “An entire army sacrificed in a bog”.

Neandertal ancestry "Iced"

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UPDATE (2015-10-21): This post has gotten some attention from social media recently, because Ötzi has been in the news. Later analyses have made clear that o...

Ceramics in the Epigravettian of Croatia

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I’ve had a paper on my desktop for more than a week expecting to write a comment on it, and now happily I discover that the first author, Becky Farbstein, ha...

LRJ as a transitional industry

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I was reading this morning an interesting paper from last year by Damien Flas Flas:2011, who considered the context of archaeological assemblages grouped as ...

Reindeer hides and Neandertals

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In reference to the post below about Quina Mousterian and reindeer specialization (“Paleoclimate and shifting Neandertal strategies”), let me add this great ...

Neandertals and eagle talons

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Eugène Morin and Vronique Laroulandie have published a new paper in PLoS ONE demonstrating evidence that some Neandertals had a fetish for eagle talons Morin...

Meet Homo heidelbergensis

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The Mauer mandible comes from just southeast of Heidelberg, Germany, and was found in ancient sands deposited just more than 600,000 years ago. Upon its desc...

Potato sack race

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Smithsonian magazine has a very nice article by Charles C. Mann, “How the Potato Changed the World”, focusing on the effects of the Columbian exchange on Eur...

Blombos pigment workshop

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I know that some readers are starting to wonder if I’ve forgotten about paleoanthropology lately. Let’s just say that the Neandertal and Denisova genomes hav...

Neolithic discontinuity in Hungary

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Dienekes comments on a new paper finding another strange mixture of haplotypes in Neolithic-era sample of mtDNA from central Europe (“Unexpected ancient mtDN...

La Cotte de St. Brelade profiled

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The BBC is running a nice article about the ongoing excavations on the island of Jersey at La Cotte de St. Brelade. “Neanderthal survival story revealed in J...

Y chronology awry

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Dienekes links to and discusses a current paper by George Busby and colleagues Busby:peopling:2011 on the Y chromosome chronology for the settlement of Europ...

Neandertals of the North

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Ludovic Slimak and colleagues this week argue that Byzovaya, a site in the Russian far north, was produced by Neandertals: “Late Mousterian Persistence near ...

Combe Capelle redated

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I missed this earlier this month, but Julien Riel-Salvatore did not: “Burial Site at Combe Capelle in France is Not as Old as Previously Assumed, by Several ...

Tartar control and Neandertal plant use

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Dental plaque is a biofilm made up of bacteria adhering to the enamel surface of the teeth. Plaque is soft but over many days can gradually calcify. The hard...

Neandertal band of brothers

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Carles Lalueza-Fox and colleagues Lalueza-Fox:patrilocal:2010 have a new analysis of the mitochondrial DNA from El Sidrón, Spain. The site has a minimum numb...

Neandertal stories on parade

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Long-time science journalist Robin McKie has a long article in The Observer about the Neandertals this weekend: “Neanderthals: how needles and skins gave us ...

Sketchbook

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Today’s sketchbook:

The Neandertals of Mount Doom

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Well, I already snarked on the science headlines that have been claiming volcanoes “wiped out” the Neandertals. Some variation of this story, swapping in a d...

LIFE photo-essay at Lascaux, 1947

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A LIFE magazine photo-essay brings 15 previously unpublished pictures of Lascaux by Ralph Morse, who was the first professional photographer to enter the sit...

Arthouse cave art

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A new film to debut at the Toronto Film Festival is a 90-minute 3-D exploration of Chauvet Cave, directed by Werner Herzog. The LA Times reports on the film:...

Crete again, again, again

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Julien Riel-Salvatore has written more about the supposed Middle Paleolithic-age stone tools from Crete: “The final (?) word on those handaxes from Crete”.

New data on Ashkenazi population history

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Bray and colleagues Bray:Ashkenazi:2010 report on genotyping of 471 people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. This is one of the largest samples of a single human ...

French Neolithic discontinuities

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Marie-France Deguilloux and colleagues Deguilloux:2010 present a short analysis of ancient mtDNA recovered from a Neolithic burial at Prissé-la-Charrière, be...

The lion diet

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National Geographic News a couple of weeks ago ran a story about lion-eating at Gran Dolina (“Prehistoric Europeans Hunted, Ate Lion?”):

New Romanian cave art

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Michael Balter describes the discovery of Paleolithic-era art in Coliboaia Cave in Romania:

Mailbag: Fire starters

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Regarding the use of fire, Ive always been intrigued by how early Homo was able to continue its trek northward (ex. Dmanisi) without it. It would seem that a...

Inversion biology

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Razib Khan’s post at his new digs (Discover blogs) about the 17q21 inversion is worth reading for anyone interested in the complexities of discovering the hi...

Krapina Neandertal museum

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Reuters correspondent Zoran Radosavljevic reports on the recent opening of the new museum at Krapina, Croatia. The museum is devoted to Neandertals, and repr...

Crete again

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I wrote about Crete twice last month (“Crete: Pleistocene port of call?”, “More tools from Crete”). Now John Noble Wilford writes about Strasser and Panagopo...

Where there's not smoke…

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Anne-Laure Daniau, Francesco d’Errico and Maria Fernanda Snchez Goi went looking for signs that Upper Paleolithic Europeans were using fire to control ecosys...

More tools from Crete

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After last weekend’s post about Thomas Strasser’s work on Crete (“Crete: Pleistocene port of call?”), I’ve heard from a reader who forwarded some earlier rep...

The first Europeans, in Languedoc

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It’s hard to imagine a nicer place for them to have lived 1.57 million years ago. The site is near the village of Lézignan-le-Cèbe, in the lower Hérault vall...

Just ducky

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A week or two ago, I was pointed by a press release to some recent research from Bolomor Cave, Spain, where the levels occupied by early/pre-Neandertals have...

Book recommendation

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I was in a conversation last night about a book I had really enjoyed this year, and I remarked that I had meant to review it on the blog and hadn’t done it y...

Neolithic migrationism

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Dienekes has a nice post about the relation of Neolithic Europeans, migration models, and how anthropological views of migration have changed over the last c...

Sima species

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Michael Balter has a nice Science writeup of the recent Gibraltar conference, “Human Evolution 150 Years After Darwin.”

The Finnish line

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A new paper by Jukka Palo and colleagues investigates the population history of Finland:

Darwin's Neandertal encounter

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Michael Balter reports on the historical work of Alex Menez, at the Gibraltar Museum: “When Darwin Met a Neandertal”.

Neandertals, plants, and fish

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I don’t read Spanish well, but I’m going to go ahead and link a news article in a Spanish journal about Neandertal diet and cooking at the Spanish site of El...

Mailbag: Blue eyes and sexual selection

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"Nobody 10,000 years ago had blue eyes," Hawks said. "Why is it that blue-eyed people had a 5% advantage in reproducing compared to non-blue-eyed people? I h...

Keep flax from fire

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The paper about the flax fibers found by Eliso Kvavadze and colleagues in Dzudzuana Cave, Republic of Georgia, is a one-pager. The good kind of one-pager – t...

The spotty Acheulean

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Scott and Gibert report in today’s Nature on the “oldest handaxes” in Europe:

Neandertal dredged from North Sea

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The Netherlands National Museum of Antiquities is starting an exhibit of a Neandertal frontal bone dredged from the bottom of the North Sea. The Dutch langua...

Mammoth "luau-style"

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Jennifer Viegas wrote yesterday about excavations at Pavlov VI:

Little Ice Age

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New Scientist is running a nice article titled, “1709: The year that Europe froze.” It hits many interesting points – at the very dawn of systematic temperat...

Scandinavian dogs R us?

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Mitochondrial phylogeography is a useful tool for the study of wild populations. But applying phylogeography to domestic species is more complicated....

The bleeding handaxe

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National Geographic News' most popular story today is "Odd skull boosts human, Neandertal interbreeding theory."

The initial Upper Paleolithic at Kostenki

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In one of those interesting twists of bibliographic fate, before today's announcement about the new dates for the initial Upper Paleolithic at Kostenki, I h...

Kent's Cavern report on the way?

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I thought I'd link to this article from This Is South Devon. There aren't any real new details, but it sounds like there may be a report on Kent's Cavern so...

Neandertal introgression, anatomically

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I'm just finished with the Neandertal meeting in San Diego, so it's time to decompress a bit. And what better way to do it than some more Neandertal bloggin...

Not a lasting last for the Neandertals

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The latest in a long line of “last known Neandertal” sites is now Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar. Of course, if this were actually a continuing string of “latest” ...

Earliest fossil twin burial?

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The AP is reporting on the discovery of a double newborn burial near Krems, Austria. The remains are estimated at 27,000 years old, and were buried directly...

Washington Post on Pestera cu Oase

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This article is about nine months old now, but one of my students brought me a clipping, so I thought I would pass it along. It is a good story about the Pe...

Keith on Kent's Cavern

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Following up on my earlier post on the Kent's Cavern 4 maxilla: although my library doesn't have back issues of the Proceedings of the Torquay Natural Histo...

What is the Kent's Cavern maxilla?

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Kent's Cavern, near Torquay, England, underwent systematic archaeological investigation beginning in the 1860's, proceeding intermittently up to the present...

Who colonized the European Arctic?

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I happened across an article by Pavlov and colleagues (2001) about the Mamontovaya Kurya site in the Russian Arctic. From the abstract (64):

The Neandertal mtDNA story: 2004 edition

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Note: I wrote this post in 2005. We have learned vastly more about Neandertal genetics since then. These two papers are important to the history of discoveri...