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Ancient skulls shed light on migration in the Roman empire

Skeletal evidence shows that, hundreds of years after the Roman Republic conquered most of the Mediterranean world, coastal communities in what is now south and central Italy still bore distinct physical differences to one another -Show More Summary

Genomes of straight-tusked elephants

Earlier this month in eLife, Matthias Meyer and colleagues published a cool paper: “Palaeogenomes of Eurasian straight-tusked elephants challenge the current view of elephant evolution”. The straight-tusked elephants lived in Europe and western Eurasia as far east as India during the Pleistocene. Show More Summary

Quote: W. W. Howells on naming Homo erectus

W. W. Howells, in the conclusion of the 1980 review, “Homo erectus–Who, When and Where: A Survey”: So we might be wise to be continually careful in writing about Homo erectus, making clear whether one is referring to a population orShow More Summary

Science blogs changing with the times?

A short piece “On the evolution of the science blogosphere” by the Andy Extance of the ScienceSeeker team has some interesting notes on current statistics in blogs. A quote from late in the article: It’s notable that despite this exorcism of sci-comm ghosts, the overall number of blogs aggregated by ScienceSeeker has fallen by less than 5%. Show More Summary

Should scientists refuse to review papers that do not make data available?

What should happen when scientists publish work that cannot be replicated? That’s an important question that people are asking more and more. So often, the basic results of research are hidden inside of figures that display results but don’t allow other scientists to inspect them or combine them together with other work in their own research. Show More Summary

The silliness of Rhesus negative blood and aliens, gods, nephilim, etc.

Going around and around the internet are memes-usually from people like Robert Sepehr (who claims to be an “anthropologist”)-about how there’s something significant about people [...] The post The silliness of Rhesus negative blood and aliens, gods, nephilim, etc. appeared first on Archaeology Review.

Neanderthals conducted much of their activities in the open landscape

The Neanderthals, conducted much of their activities in the open landscape according to a study by an international team lead by Israeli researchers.

Out of North Africa

I had previously called Irhoud 1 "The Father of Mankind" and proposed a "two deserts" theory of human evolution whereby our species originated in North Africa, and was pumped out of it to both the Middle East (and especially Arabia, the 2nd desert) and Sub-Saharan Africa during periods of Saharan aridity. Show More Summary

Moroccan fossils show human ancestors’ diet of game

New fossil finds from the Jebel Irhoud archaeological site in Morocco do more than push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years.

Why was a teenager with bone cancer buried on Witch Hill in Panama?

A new report by Smithsonian archaeologists identifies a bone tumor in the upper right arm of an adolescent who was buried in about 1300 AD in a trash heap at a site in western Panama called Cerro Brujo or Witch Hill.

Homo naledi was chipping its teeth amazingly often

I’d like to point everyone to this new article that may give some insight into the diet or behavior of Homo naledi: “Behavioral inferences from the high levels of dental chipping in Homo naledi”. Ian Towle from Liverpool John Moores University examined the H. Show More Summary

Great Pyramid and the Speed of Light

A recent video posting by Brien Foerster on his YouTube channel prompted me to post a reply on behalf of a friend, that included information [...] The post Great Pyramid and the Speed of Light appeared first on Archaeology Review.

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

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