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3.3 million-year-old fossil reveals the antiquity of the human spine

For more than 3 million years, Selam lay silent and still. Eager to tell her story, the almost perfect fossil skeleton of a 2 1/2 year-old toddler was discovered at Dikika, Ethiopia -- and she had a lot to say.

Features of the Grecian ape raise questions about early hominins

Today, Jochen Fuss and colleagues have published a new description of the morphology of a mandible of Graecopithecus freybergi, from Pyrgos Vassilissis Amalia, Greece: “Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe”. Show More Summary

Quote: Mary Doria Russell on the protective browridge

Doing some reading on supraorbital torus anatomy today, ran across this snarky passage from Mary Doria Russell’s (1985) paper, “The Supraorbital Torus: A Most Remarkable Peculiarity”. Browridges have often been interpreted as selectively...Show More Summary

Resurrecting identities in the Andes

Who are you? A parent? An artist? A veteran? There are lots of different aspects of identity, and it takes more than just one to make you you. Ancient people were just as complex, but until recently, archaeologists didn't have a clear way to capture all the nuances of human identities from the past outside of broader labels like gender and social status.

Quote: Howells on the pace of description

William. W. Howells (1980), writing on the way that new discoveries have affected the interpretation of Homo erectus: The pattern of discovery to a degree continues that of the past. Java has gone on producing material at a familiarShow More Summary

Funding must make room for exploration

Scientists often say that you already need to have a result in hand to have a chance at being funded for research. Applications where the results are truly unknown are almost never funded. Instead, applications succeed when they include...Show More Summary

Link: Sexual harassment in field paleoanthropology

Essential reading on the effects of sexual harassment and assault in field paleoanthropology: “In case this helps you: This happened to me while I was trying to become a paleoanthropologist.” Link: Sexual harassment in field paleoanthropology was originally published by John Hawks at john hawks weblog on May 02, 2017.

JCU team says hominid lived alongside modern humans

JCU's Professor Paul Dirks and Associate Professor Eric Roberts have spent the past few years analysing fossils of the hominid Homo naledi, found deep in a cave system in South Africa in 2013. The pair were involved in investigating the site and describing the find in a paper released in 2015.

Movement of early humans into the Indian subcontinent

Prehistoric human migration was mainly driven by human wanderlust and population pressures but relied critically on the habitability of available land.

Non-Human Fetus? Nope, as Human as You

On various social media websites, Brien Foerster has begun advertising a new video you can rent on Vimeo. In some of the comments defending assertions [...] The post Non-Human Fetus? Nope, as Human as You appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Top 20 Archaeology Blogs by Google Rank

I was curious about how Google ranked the top 20 blogs about archaeology, so I did some searches. Here’s the results of the most basic, [...] The post Top 20 Archaeology Blogs by Google Rank appeared first on Archaeology Review.

130,000 year old Californians?

This is a review of an article that just ran in the journal Nature, titled, “A 130,000-year-old archaeological site in southern California, USA.” The core of the [...] The post 130,000 year old Californians? appeared first on Archaeology Review.

8 Mysteries of the Ancient World That Aren’t So Mysterious

1. Mysterious eight-sided Great Pyramid? If you look at the Great Pyramid from above, particularly when the light is just right, you might see what looks like [...] The post 8 Mysteries of the Ancient World That Aren’t So Mysterious appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Younger Dryas comet impact encoded in Göbekli Tepe?

Fascinating if true.Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 17, No 1, (2017), pp. 233-250 DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? Martin B. Sweatman and Dimitrios Tsikritsis We have interpreted much of the symbolism of Göbekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. Show More Summary

The Temple of Karnak and Possibly its Worse Tour Guide

I found myself somewhat amused by Brien Foerster’s video that highlights a few moments of a tour he guided in Luxor, Egypt at the Temple [...] The post The Temple of Karnak and Possibly its Worse Tour Guide appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Notable: Female chimpanzees eat more meat when pregnant

Notable: O’Malley, R. C., Stanton, M. A., Gilby, I. C., Lonsdorf, E. V., Pusey, A., Markham, A. C., & Murray, C. M. (2016). Reproductive state and rank influence patterns of meat consumption in wild female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). Show More Summary

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