All posts tagged with Homo habilis

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...

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...

Sketchbook

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Today’s sketchbook:

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 ...

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 ...

Aging juvenile fossil hominins

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The fossil record is not made up only of adults. We have abundant skeletal evidence from juvenile individuals of a broad range of ages. At this station you w...

Malapa and the "problem" skull KNM-ER 1813

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The announcement of the Malapa skeletons has many of us going back to descriptions of early Homo. After the paper by Berger and colleagues came out last mont...

Malapa surfacing

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Richard Gray of The Telegraph has a story about the upcoming Malapa hominin announcement: “Missing link between man and apes found”

NOVA: Becoming Human

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OK, I’m going to live-blog this show. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while – I loved the old NOVA series with Don Johanson and have often showed it in...

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...

OH 7 and OH 8: One individual or two?

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In the current AJPA, Randall Susman reviews the stratigraphic and morphological evidence concerning Olduvai Hominids 7, 8 and 35. Some history:

The Orrorin identity

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There's nothing especially surprising about the functional interpretations in Richmond and Jungers' paper about the Orrorin BAR 1002'00 femur. They conclude...

An interview with Michelle Drapeau

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I've been trying to spread the interviews across the field in various directions. I (virtually) talked with Mica Glantz about Neandertals, Adam Van Arsdale ...

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...

The amazing talking Neandertals

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This week, Johannes Krause and colleagues from the Max Planck Evolutionary Anthropology institute announced that they had tickled FoxP2 out of two Neanderta...

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 ...

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...

Lizard dimorphism, ecology, and hominids

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You know I like the lizard analogies for human evolution -- I wrote about limb length and predation last time around -- and now we have another paper from J...

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...

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 ...

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...

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.

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...

Tobias memoir published

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Speaking of Phillip Tobias, The Sunday Independent is carrying a long interview of Tobias discussing his autobiography. Google says the site is subscription...

Paging Randy Newman…

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If "short people got no reason to live", then why exactly do they live longer than tall people?

Ape to Man

6 minute read

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.

AL 438-1

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Michelle Drapeau and colleagues (2005) report on the AL 438-1 specimen from Hadar. The specimen consists of "part of the mandible, a frontal bone fragment, ...

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...

Age of hominids from Sterkfontein

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A recent spate of articles has carried on a debate about the age of the Sterkfontein hominids. Sterkfontein is a complicated site, including several distinc...

Brain expansion in A. boisei

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Elton and colleagues (2001) examined the record of brain size in early Homo with the following question in mind: we know that brain size increased in this l...

Species concepts

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A new population that results from a speciation event is called a species. But although species result from a simple process, recognizing species in nature ...