All posts tagged with Upper Paleolithic

Atxurra cave art discovery in Spain

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The Guardian reports on a recent cave art discovery in Spain: “Spanish archaeologists discover cave art to rival country’s best”.

High recent admixture reported for Oase 1

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Some readers have asked me what I think of the reporting from the recent Biology of Genomes conference, that Qiaomei Fu and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s gr...

Link: National Geographic ancient art article

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National Geographic dedicated part of its January 2015 issue to the origin of art. The longread article by Chip Walter is now available online: “First Artist...

Link: Photographing Chauvet

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In Proof, the National Geographic photography blog, Stephen Alvarez describes his experience photographing the famous cave art of Chauvet Cave for the Januar...

The genome from Ust’-Ishim

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Qiaomei Fu and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s lab have reported on a genome from northern Siberia that dates to 45,000 years ago. The genome comes from a hum...

Shadows of ancient firelight

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Zach Zorich has written an interesting article for Nautilus, about the optical illusions caused by firelight flickering across parietal art: “Early Humans Ma...

Cro-Magnon 1, dating and mtDNA

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I’m running through the new paper from Qiaomei Fu and colleagues Fu:revised:2013 about Upper Paleolithic mtDNA genomes. Probably several readers were wonderi...

Ceramics in the Epigravettian of Croatia

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I’ve had a paper on my desktop for more than a week expecting to write a comment on it, and now happily I discover that the first author, Becky Farbstein, ha...

Kids leave their traces in caves with art

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Several stories last week related the story (from a conference talk by Jessica Cooney) about evidence that very young children had left finger grooves in the...

No Neandertal safe sex

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Laurent Excoffier and colleagues’ work has investigated how range expansions may have affected human genetic diversity. I’ve commented on this work several t...

Neandertals of the North

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Ludovic Slimak and colleagues this week argue that Byzovaya, a site in the Russian far north, was produced by Neandertals: “Late Mousterian Persistence near ...

Combe Capelle redated

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I missed this earlier this month, but Julien Riel-Salvatore did not: “Burial Site at Combe Capelle in France is Not as Old as Previously Assumed, by Several ...

Membership has its privileges

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A new paper in PNAS by Erik Trinkaus covers the mortality patterns of old versus young adults in Neandertals, early modern humans in the Levant and early Upp...

Neandertal stories on parade

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Long-time science journalist Robin McKie has a long article in The Observer about the Neandertals this weekend: “Neanderthals: how needles and skins gave us ...

Sketchbook

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Today’s sketchbook:

The Neandertals of Mount Doom

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Well, I already snarked on the science headlines that have been claiming volcanoes “wiped out” the Neandertals. Some variation of this story, swapping in a d...

LIFE photo-essay at Lascaux, 1947

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A LIFE magazine photo-essay brings 15 previously unpublished pictures of Lascaux by Ralph Morse, who was the first professional photographer to enter the sit...

Arthouse cave art

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A new film to debut at the Toronto Film Festival is a 90-minute 3-D exploration of Chauvet Cave, directed by Werner Herzog. The LA Times reports on the film:...

Lascaux anniversaire

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Bing today has made their image a beautiful photo of Lascaux, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the cave’s discovery.

French Neolithic discontinuities

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Marie-France Deguilloux and colleagues Deguilloux:2010 present a short analysis of ancient mtDNA recovered from a Neolithic burial at Prissé-la-Charrière, be...

New Romanian cave art

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Michael Balter describes the discovery of Paleolithic-era art in Coliboaia Cave in Romania:

The Aurignacian dogs

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I didn’t see this article when it came out but I ran across it this week: Pat Shipman writes about possible evidence for early dog domestication (“The Woof a...

Where there's not smoke…

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Anne-Laure Daniau, Francesco d’Errico and Maria Fernanda Snchez Goi went looking for signs that Upper Paleolithic Europeans were using fire to control ecosys...

Straightening the calibration curve

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Michael Balter reports on a new radiocarbon calibration called INTCAL09. The calibration curve purports to provide a calendar age calibration up to 50,000 ye...

Book recommendation

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I was in a conversation last night about a book I had really enjoyed this year, and I remarked that I had meant to review it on the blog and hadn’t done it y...

Keep flax from fire

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The paper about the flax fibers found by Eliso Kvavadze and colleagues in Dzudzuana Cave, Republic of Georgia, is a one-pager. The good kind of one-pager – t...

Mammoth "luau-style"

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Jennifer Viegas wrote yesterday about excavations at Pavlov VI:

Lascaux update

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According to New Scientist, human activity and prior attempts to kill the fungus have made the ecology of Lascaux similar to a hospital cooling tower.

Goddess on a cave bottom

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I don’t have much value to add to the “figurative art” angle to the Hohle Fels Venus figurine. It seems very interesting that there is a concentration of car...

Awkward moments when reading

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Awkward moments when reading 2: Paul Mellars pulls the old “blame the dirty thoughts on the undergraduates” gambit.

Oase 2 forensic reconstruction

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The BBC is presenting a little series called “The Incredible Human Journey,” to be aired starting May 10. Alice Roberts from Time Team travels around tracing...

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...

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...

Ivory mammoth and other art from Vogelherd

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Der Spiegel reports on recent portable art finds at Vogelherd, Germany: The figure of the woolly mammoth is tiny, measuring just 3.7 cm long and weighing...

Women in human evolution reviewed

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James Adovasio, Olga Soffer and Jake Page have a new book entitled, The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory. The authors are wel...

The initial Upper Paleolithic at Kostenki

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In one of those interesting twists of bibliographic fate, before today's announcement about the new dates for the initial Upper Paleolithic at Kostenki, I h...

Early Timor habitation at Jerimalai

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Australia's The Age online has a story by Deborah Smith that gives a short report about excavations at Jerimalai rock shelter, East Timor:

Burins, barometers of typology

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I've been buried in archaeology papers the last couple of weeks, and so I thought I would recommend a few real gems. The first on my list is this paper, tit...

Radiocarbon fudgery

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I skipped last week's (9/15/2006) Science, and so missed this article by Michael Balter on radiocarbon dating. But some online discussion boards have been t...

Not a lasting last for the Neandertals

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The latest in a long line of “last known Neandertal” sites is now Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar. Of course, if this were actually a continuing string of “latest” ...

Interstratified palimpsests

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Very nearly this time last year, I commented on a paper by Brad Gravina, Paul Mellars, and Christopher Bronk Ramsey concerning the stratigraphy of the Ch&ac...

Vindija G1 now 32,000 BP

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A paper (PDF) by Tom Higham and colleagues presents a redated chronology for the late Neandertals from Vindija, Croatia. There are two directly dated homini...

Grotte des Fées de Châtelperron

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Gravina et al. (2005) report on the radiocarbon stratigraphy of Grotte des Fées de Châtelperron, which is the original type site of the Châtelperronia...

The Freudian artifact

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Why is it that the BBC always picks up stories like this one? (via palanthsci)

What happened to the Australian megafauna?

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Australia is well known for its unique animals. It has the most extensive diversity of marsupial mammals found anywhere in the world. Together with nearby N...

Who colonized the European Arctic?

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I happened across an article by Pavlov and colleagues (2001) about the Mamontovaya Kurya site in the Russian Arctic. From the abstract (64):

The Neandertal mtDNA story: 2004 edition

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Note: I wrote this post in 2005. We have learned vastly more about Neandertal genetics since then. These two papers are important to the history of discoveri...