These ancient human relatives include the first species with evidence of upright walking and running like humans. They represent more than a third of our evolutionary history.
My research with Lee Berger looking at the variation of the mandibular ramus of Australopithecus sediba.
The etymology of our words for living primates gives some insight into how common ideas adjusted to new scientific knowledge.
A historical perspective on a species name that was associated with fossils from Makapansgat, South Africa.
I look at views expressed by Jeffrey Schwartz and Tim White about the anatomy of Homo naledi and its relationships with other hominins.
A perspective article by Bernard Wood reviews the history of Homo habilis and suggests that the species should go its own way.
I don’t know why so many people who accept and promote evolution have such a dim view of phylogenetic systematics. How else to explain why I so often hear the canard, “Humans are apes”? My children can tell what an ape is. I work very hard to tell them
A recent book by Ronald Amundson discusses the philosophical shift in the way that eighteenth-century naturalists viewed species.
A detailed post on a taxonomic proposal, with consideration of the idea that humans and our fossil relatives should be hominins instead of hominids.