All posts tagged with Levant

How mice became house mice

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A new paper from Thomas Cucchi and coworkers in Scientific Reports probes the early history of the house mouse: “Tracking the Near Eastern origins and Europe...

Link: Looking at the Misliya Cave maxilla

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Bruce Bower last week had a nice article about the new Misliya Cave dating in Science News: “An ancient jaw pushes humans’ African departure back in time”.

Photo: Qafzeh 11 and Qafzeh 9

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This week I’ve been at the Vienna Natural History Museum to do some work. It’s one of the great museums of the world, and they have a new human evolution exh...

Dead Dead Sea prehistory

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Emily Sohn reports on a drilling project that is bringing to light ancient drying episodes in the Dead Sea basin: “A dry Dead Sea before biblical times”.

The fishy spaces of the Middle Pleistocene

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In Science this week, Nira Alperson-Afil and colleagues report on recent excavations at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel. I saw some of this research presented a...

Qafzeh teeth like Neandertals

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Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg and Donald Reid report on the perikymata spacing of a sample of fourteen anterior teeth from Qafzeh. These are “early modern humans...

African origins and phenotypic variance

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I just read the new paper by Philipp Gunz and colleagues, titled, “Early modern human diversity suggests subdivided population structure and a complex out-of...