All posts tagged with Homo erectus

Photo: Sangiran Museum

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The museum and research center at Sangiran, Indonesia is capped by a large copper conical roof. The surrounding countryside is the source of Early and Middle...

Photo: SK 15

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This is SK 15, a lower jaw from Swartkrans, South Africa. Most scientists today attribute it to Homo erectus, but when Robert Broom and John Robinson found i...

Dmanisi and dispersal of Homo from Africa

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Discover last April ran a feature article about the finds from Dmanisi. They have made this available online: “The First Humans to Know Winter”. Dmanisi is i...

No Australopithecus boisei from the Afar

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I was reading Scott Simpson and colleagues’ article from March 2014, “The female Homo pelvis from Gona: Response to Ruff (2010)”, in which they go through re...

Notable: Brain growth in Homo erectus

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Notable paper: Cofran, Z. and DeSilva, J. 2015. A neonatal perspective on Homo erectus brain growth. Journal of Human Evolution (in press) doi:10.1016/j.jhev...

The art of Homo erectus

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Josephine Joordens and colleagues describe the utilization of freshwater mussels by ancient humans at Trinil, Java. The Trinil fossils were recovered by Euge...

To fish or not to fish

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This summer I pointed to an article about the FwJj20 locality at Koobi Fora, which provides the earliest known evidence of systematic fish exploitation in th...

Popularity of hominin species names

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I was curious about the use of Homo ergaster over time. It seems to me that fewer and fewer paleoanthropologists have been using it over the last few years. ...

The new skull from Dmanisi

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It smells like ashes. Holding it and examining it is really not like the other fossil crania I’ve studied. The other Dmanisi crania strike me as being very l...

Throwing out hypotheses about throwing

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Neil Roach and colleagues have written a paper in Nature this week about the role of elastic energy storage in human throwing Roach:elastic:2013. I like the ...

Palming Homo erectus

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New Scientist reports on Carol Ward’s presentation at the AAPA meetings, describing a new metacarpal of Homo erectus from West Turkana: “Stone tools helped s...

Photo: Daynes Homo erectus reconstruction

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Here’s a closeup of the reconstruction of Homo erectus by Elisabeth Dayns, again at the new exhibition of the Natural History Museum, Vienna:

Panda gestion

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Here’s a story that showed up in my feed this morning: “Prehistoric man ate panda, claims scientist”.

Koobi Fora perspectives

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I’m in Kansas and my internet is spottier here than it was in Africa. So I have a bunch of thoughts about the new Koobi Fora fossils published by Maeve Leake...

African Homo erectus

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This station includes several casts of early fossil Homo erectus, from the Early Pleistocene of Africa. These include:

Meet Homo habilis

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This station has several of the key cranial specimens of Homo habilis, together with Sts 5, the representative of Australopithecus africanus. The H. habilis ...

Asian Homo erectus

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Homo erectus entered Asia as early as 1.8 million years ago. One of the earliest specimens of the species is the Modjokerto skull, from Java. The spread of t...

Statures of fossil Homo

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Homo erectus and Neandertals were more or less human-sized. That may not be saying much, since we are so variable in stature ourselves.

Through the early Homo archives

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I’ve enabled the search function for the site, which you’ll find at top right on each page of the site. The search index is still rebuilding, and as I write ...

Hard-headed science

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Scicurious has been blogging from the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting. This morning she writes about some of Lynn Copes’ work: “Experimental Biology Bloggi...

The Denisova genome FAQ

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Today, a paper by David Reich and colleagues presents the nuclear genome of the Denisova pinky bone Reich:Denisova:2010. This is the second whole genome of a...

The shrinking youth

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Yesterday the Journal of Human Evolution released a new paper by Rhonda Graves and colleagues, titled, “Just how strapping was KNMWT 15000?” The paper challe...

Ngandong interview

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Nature News has run a nice interview with Russell Ciochon about the new excavations at Ngandong, Java.

Shrinking erectus

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Ann Gibbons reports on the AAPA meetings with a story about all the Homo erectus pelvis and stature papers (“Human ancestor caught in the midst of a makeover...

The changing height of Homo erectus

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Gretchen picked up a partial set of Time-Life volumes, from 1973, part of the series “The Emergence of Man”. She found them at a garage sale. There’s a lot o...

My Leiden adventure

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I’ve just returned from a week in Leiden, the old university city of the Netherlands. I was a guest of the archaeology faculty, in particular Wil Roebroeks a...

Oh, the meganthropy!

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Taxonomic confusion afflicts a hapless victim hunting for Homo erectus:

It came from Guangxi

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Science journalist Richard Stone writes in the current Science about new Late Pleistocene skeletal remains from Guangxi: “Signs of Early Homo sapiens in Chin...

Running commentary

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Tara Parker-Pope picks up the “endurance running” hypothesis:

The shells of Trinil

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I want to share a paper that might not get a lot of attention but that I think makes an interesting contribution to understanding the ecology of early Homo a...

Dmanisi in the news

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There are all kinds of stories in the British press today about Dmanisi. You’d think maybe this is because there’s something new in Nature – but no, they’re ...

But will it include recipes?

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I’ve ordered a copy of Richard Wrangham’s new book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. I was weighing it, and a reader tipped me over the edge. I’ll g...

I'm tired of cutesy foot-related titles

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I don’t have a lot to say about the new footprints from Ileret, described by Matthew Bennett and colleagues. Seems like a nicely done study, particularly giv...

Language, speech, and early humans

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I’m doing a little literature review this week on Middle Pleisocene postcrania. On a somewhat tangential topic, the description of the Sima de los Huesos cer...

Mrs. Elvis, the Homo erectus pelvis

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Scott Simpson and colleagues describe their find of a 1.5-million-year old, relatively complete pelvis of early Homo from Gona Ethiopia. The paper is in Scie...

New Homo erectus crania at meetings

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UPDATE (2008/4/15): The presentation was withdrawn from the meetings. I'm told that the information in the abstract is accurate, and that the withdrawal doe...

What about Palau?

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Lee Berger, Steve Churchill, Bonita De Klerk, and Rhonda L. Quinn have written a paper in PLoS ONE describing the skeletal remains of small-bodied humans re...

Mechanisms of development and body size

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I'm just doing some background reading about the body size of pygmies (for both obvious and not-so-obvious reasons) and I thought it worth making a note of ...

New Year's predictions, 2008 edition

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It's that time of year again -- the time when those boring ``Year in Review'' magazines are on newsstands, and when pundits make fools of themselves predict...

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...

News flash: Dmanisi hominids were not short

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By now, the news of the Dmanisi hominids' small size has been out for years. There was a National Geographic feature on the story more than four years ago -...

Big arms, small sacrum

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In case you're following the debate about Homo habilis limb proportions, there's a new contribution by Martin Haeusler and Henry McHenry in the JHE holding ...

The Liang Bua report

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Elizabeth Culotta's article on the Liang Bua conference appears in this week's Science. It's a real treat: around 2500 words worth of description of the pro...

Man bites dog

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Appropriate to yesterday's post about the hypothesis of a Eurasian-African clade distinction in early humans, is today's paper from Fred Spoor, Meave Leakey...

The Hawks weblog mailbag

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I always get the most interesting mail right after any kind of news interview. Here's the best from last week:

Another diagnosis for a hobbit

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Israel Hershkovitz, Liora Kornreich, and Zvi Laron think they know the problem with Liang Bua 1. Almost 40 years ago, Laron began studying patients with a c...

Island hopping

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This article from The Age lays out an ambitious excavation schedule for Mike Morwood and colleagues:

Floresiensis presentations

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I'm at the AAPA meetings in Philadelphia this week, which were preceded yesterday and today by the meetings of the Paleoanthropology Society.

How modern is "modern tooth development"?

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Regular readers of the blog will remember previous occasions when I have written about dental development in fossil humans. I am by no means an expert on th...

Snapshots of the science

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The new Human Origins hall at the American Museum is the occasion for a big Newsweek story, with the tagline, "The New Science of Human Evolution". Author S...

Coming attractions

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This has got to have more potential than that movie, Homo erectus:

New Year's predictions, 2007 edition

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It's a hazardous business, making predictions -- all the moreso because New Year's predictions have a deadline. If they don't happen this year, well, that's...

A revised chronology for early Homo

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In case you haven't been paying attention, the chronology of early African Homo has been completely turned upside-down this year. Well, "upside-down" isn't ...

Is this the end for Homo floresiensis?

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The paper by Teuku Jacob and colleagues is being published in PNAS today. Today's papers haven't appeared yet, but the press release is available online at ...

MS Word as scientific authority

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In case you haven't been following the "pluton" controversy, here's a pointer to Nature News on the topic. A pluton is a kind of underground igneous rock fo...

Narrowing down Flores microcephaly

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Well, I'm still writing from Zagreb, so I don't have a lot of time for review. But I do want to point out the new paper by Gary Richards in Journal of Evolu...

Mata Menge stone tools

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Adam Brumm and colleagues (2006) describe the stone artifacts from the Mata Menge archaeological site on Flores. This site is one of several described by Mo...

Martin versus Falk on microcephaly

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Science is carrying an exchange of technical comments about microcephaly and the endocast of LB1. Bob Martin and colleagues weigh in with an argument for why...

Hoffmeyer on language as adaptation

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Chapter 8 of Hoffmeyer's Signs of Meaning in the Universe is about the evolution of language. I really like the opening paragraph, which is worth rememberin...

"Spacecraft all over the Pliocene"

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Rex Dalton has a great two-page article in Nature about the bush vs. ladder dispute. It keys off of the Middle Awash Australopithecus anamensis article by Wh...

Earliest stone tools on Java

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The current Science has meetings reports from the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress, including this article by Richard Stone about excavations fr...

Acheulean endings

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There is no hard endpoint to the Acheulean; its tool types -- in particular the handaxe -- last well into the MSA/Middle Paleolithic. Here are some notes on...

What won't a handaxe do?

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I've had this working paper by Tony Baker on my desktop for awhile, and it has been discussed on some message boards. I wanted to link before I forget. It's...

Tilting at absent Asian australopithecines

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In Nature a couple of weeks ago, Robin Dennell and Wil Roebroeks had a provocative paper exploring the possibility that early humans (i.e. Homo erectus) ori...

Zimmer on Templeton

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Carl Zimmer has a post discussing Alan Templeton's work. It's a good review, covering Templeton's two essential points: history cannot be traced from any si...

Tooth wear in early Homo

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Discovery News has an article summarizing some of Peter Ungar's recent work on tooth anatomy and wear in early Homo.

From one microcephalic to twenty

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Falk et al. (2005a) compared the LB1 endocast to one microcephalic skull and concluded it didn't match. Now Jochim Weber and colleagues (2005) have compared...

News trickling about Liang Bua

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I am seeing news reports this morning about this week's upcoming paper in Nature about the Homo floresiensis bones.

Flores update, October 2005

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This week's Nature is carrying a paper by Morwood, Brown, and colleagues (2005) presenting additional skeletal material from Liang Bua as well as a commenta...

Flores interviews on NOVA scienceNOW

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I hadn't run across it before, but PBS ran a segment on the Liang Bua fossils in April. There is a webpage where you can watch the TV segment. You can also ...

Proconsul book reviewed in Science

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A couple of weeks ago, Robert Proctor reviewed Alan Walker and Pat Shipman's new book, The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul...

Ape to Man

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OK, we have it on, and I've already had a couple of laughs, so I guess I'll take some notes as it goes.

"Ape to Man" to debut Sunday evening

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The History Channel is showing its new human evolution program, "Ape to Man" this Sunday, August 7, at 9:00 EDT / 8:00 CDT. The show has a website, which gi...

More assimilation, genetic-style

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Daniel Garrigan and colleagues (2005) have an article in press in Genetics, titled "Deep haplotype divergence and long-range linkage disequilibrium at Xp21....

The KNM-ER 42700 calvaria

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One of the highlights of the scientific program of the meetings was Fred Spoor's paper on the new cranial vault from Ileret, KNM-ER 42700. It is difficult t...

Selection and drift in early Homo

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Ackermann and Cheverud (2004) consider the pattern of selection necessary to change a nonrobust australopithecine cranium (i.e. Sts 5) into a robust austral...

The Ultimate Survivor!

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OK, I was drawn in by the first few minutes, so I'm liveblogging the National Geographic show, "The Ultimate Survivor."

Dental growth in early Homo

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Dean and colleagues (2001) present a study of perikymata counts of anterior teeth (incisors and canines) in early humans and australopithecines, compared to...