All posts tagged with history of paleoanthropology

Quote: Robert Broom has no apologies

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Robert Broom, in the first paragraph of his paper, “Further Evidence on the Structure of the South African Pleistocene Anthropoids”, says it better than I co...

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...

Quote: Two competing hypotheses

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A 2015 review paper on archaic human introgression by Fernando Racimo and coworkers has a wonderfully succinct summary of the modern human origins debate:

Lessons of Piltdown doubters

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Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology has published a nice post about early doubters of the Piltdown fossils: “Piltdown Man and the Dualist Contention”.

Link: An appreciation of Frank Brown

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Nature last week published an appreciation by Bernard Wood of the life and contributions of the late Frank Brown, who died earlier this fall: “Frank Brown (1...

Link: Why do humans have chins?

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Ed Yong has an article in Atlantic on the mysterious evolution of the human chin: “We’re the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why”. He builds on a r...

Hominin species and time in peer review

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In 2015, two new hominin species were published: Australopithecus deyiremeda and Homo naledi. One of the criticisms I’ve seen of both discoveries is the idea...

Quote: George Grant MacCurdy on Piltdown

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I was doing some reading about Piltdown for a project, and ran across a 1916 article by George Grant MacCurdy in Science reviewing diverse opinions about the...

A paleoanthropological Thanksgiving

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This is Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., and friends on my social feeds have been forwarding a proverb: “When you have more than you need, build a longer ta...

Link: A visit to Ethiopian paleoanthropology

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I’m frankly amazed I didn’t link to this Nautilus article when it came out last year: “Digging Through the World’s Oldest Graveyard”. In it, Amy Maxmen trave...

Photo: Sterkfontein

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This morning I went on an awesome visit to Sterkfontein, guided through the subterranean parts of the excavations by site manager Dominic Stratford. What an ...