All posts tagged with South Africa

A view of the Little Foot skeleton

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Paleoanthropologist Ron Clarke and the University of the Witwatersrand made a big splash last week with the public unveiling of one of the most important hom...

Link: Swartkrans site formation

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Travis Pickering and colleagues have a paper presenting new teeth from Swartkrans, which they attribute to Paranthropus robustus: “New early Pleistocene homi...

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...

Link: Open access and APC double-dipping

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From Leti Kleyn, in the South African edition of The Conversation, a call for better institutional open access archives: “Why it’s getting harder to access f...

Interview with Lee Berger

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As many readers know, I recently offered a massive open online course (MOOC), titled “Human Evolution Past and Future”. The course included video interviews ...

Malapa protective structure opens

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The Gauteng Tourism Authority has a nice article about the opening of the protective structure over the paleoanthropological site of Malapa: “Malapa Structur...

Setting a course for the Rising Star

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I will be flying to South Africa on Friday to take (an exceedingly small) part in a unique excavation just getting started in the Cradle of Humankind World H...

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 ...

Photos: Drimolen in morning

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This morning began early with a drive out to the Cradle of Humankind. Colin Menter and Andy Herries were really kind to allow us to visit their excavation at...

Photo: Swartkrans looking out

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I’m in South Africa this month doing some work, so I haven’t had time to post quite as often as usual. In the meantime, I will share a few photos as I go. Mo...

Open 3-d archive of Kromdraai

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A new paper in the Journal of Human Evolution by Matthew Skinner and colleagues Skinner:Kromdraai:2013 announces the new availability of an open archive of m...

A Taung tour

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The South African Palaeocave Survey has a new post reporting on a visit to the Taung site: “Taung Heritage Site: 17 June 2012”

Chris Henshilwood profile

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Nature News has an article written by Jeff Tollefson, which profiles archaeologist Chris Henshilwood and his work at Blombos, South Africa: “Human evolution:...

Taung

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The face, mandible and endocast from Taung, South Africa, was the first australopithecine fossil to be discovered. We now know that the fossil dates to the p...

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...

A look at Little Foot

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Along with the papers on the Malapa hominins, Science this week published a news story by Michael Balter that is a profile of Ron Clarke and his work on the ...

Synchotron illustration

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In the supplement of Kristian Carlson and colleagues’ paper on the MH1 endocast Carlson:Malapa:2011, there’s a nice comparison of the medical CT versus synch...

The Malapa Soft Tissue Project FAQ

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These are a few of the questions that I think are essential to understand our aims with the project and how we expect it will unfold. The future depends on w...

Announcing the Malapa Soft Tissue Project

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I am pleased to announce a new open science initiative, focused on a discovery that is unique in paleoanthropology. Together we are going to find out if the ...

Meet Australopithecus robustus

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The region just north of Johannesburg, South Africa, is a formation of ancient limestone in which groundwater has formed numerous caves and sinkholes. Some o...

A visit to Malapa

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I’m visiting at the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of Witwatersrand this week. Lee Berger has been a really wonderful host and among other t...

MSA ochre "factory"

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Jennifer Viegas covers the recent discoveries at Sibudu Cave, South Africa: “Stone Age color, glue ‘factory’ found”.

Malapa MH 1 fossil given nickname

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They held a contest for schoolchildren to give a nickname to the new MH 1 skeleton, and now they’ve made a choice:

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...

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 synchotronic

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More on the scanning of the MH1 skull in this press release: “First studies of fossil of new human ancestor take place at the European Synchrotron”

Malapa news

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A story about Malapa in the Times of South Africa gives just a few more details about the discovery of the infant remains near the two reported skeletons: “B...

Malapa pictures

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National Geographic, as you might expect, has some nice pictures of the MH1 skull in a news story: “Pictures: New human ancestor fossils found”. There’s one ...

Malapa embargo story

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Ivan Oransky writes “Embargo Watch”, which reports on issues related to journal embargoes and science reporting. His story about the Malapa embargo “break” l...

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”

A Sterkfontein visit

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After this week’s description of the new public accessibility of the Dmanisi site, a reader sends a link to a tour of Sterkfontein by The Guardian’s David Sm...

Middle Stone Age bed and breakfast

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On occasion, I point out interesting findings from archaeological chemistry and microscopic study of site formation processes. Last month, I pointed to the a...

Sterkfontein news

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My Google alerts have been going off the last couple of days about Sterkfontein. I know nothing about any new discoveries, but the Times (South Africa) has r...

Paleoclimate in southern Africa

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The Tswaing Crater is around 40 km from Pretoria, South Africa. It was created by an asteroid impact some 200,000 years ago, which released roughly the energ...

Body size in Holocene southern Africa

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I was just taking notes on this paper by Sealy and Pfeiffer (2000), and found some good quotes about body size in the Bushmen, both historically and in arch...