history of paleoanthropology
Human evolution research has existed for more than 150 years, and the ideas of past scientists continue to shape our concepts and practices today.
Human ancestors did not evolve in an aquatic environment. But they did make use of coastal and shoreline resources where they were abundant.
Mining led to the skull's discovery, destroyed its context, and left a century-long legacy of lead poisoning.
I provide a context for Darwin's ideas about human and primate relationships and update Descent of Man with today's knowledge.
A quote from Phillip Tobias illustrates the strange way that we talk about human variation compared to other species.
A paper by Shara Bailey and coworkers suggests that three-rooted lower molars are diagnostic of population mixture from Denisovans.
A quote from Loren Eiseley, one of the best known writers about anthropology and human origins.
A historical perspective on a species name that was associated with fossils from Makapansgat, South Africa.
The real problem with a lack of data access is that 50 years of the fossil record is invisible to many students in the field.
For nearly forty years between the Piltdown discovery and exposure as a deliberate hoax, many scientists never believed the story.