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Early Homo sapiens

This is a couple of early Homo sapiens, or anatomically modern humans, representing how the species might have appeared between 300-100,000 years ago. They would have emerged in Africa before dispersing throughout the rest of the habitable world between 100-70,000 years ago. 33 more words



Exactly when human ancestors began to use fire remains uncertain, but it probably began with Homo erectus somewhere in Africa around a million years ago. Some paleoanthropologists, most notably Richard Wrangham, believe that the ability to cook with fire allowed humans to consume and digest more of the food (especially meat) they needed to fuel their growing brains—hence humanity’s distinctive ingenuity. 24 more words


Understanding the Past: Archaeological and Paleoanthropological Methods

A portion of a pig’s tusk, a small sample of volcanic sediment, a battered cobble, a primate’s molar tooth: What do these seemingly unremarkable remains have in common, and more to the point, why are they of interest to paleoanthropologists and archaeologists?  117 more words


Homo naledi: An update

This blog post complements a piece written for the GRI blog on October 2015, linked here.

Two important papers were published in May 2017, warranting an update on the subject of… 730 more words


A 200,000-year-old 'baby tooth' reveals clues about mysterious human lineage

Nicholas St. Fleur

More than 100,000 years ago in a Siberian cave there lived a child with a loose tooth. One day her molar fell out, and fossilized over many millenniums, keeping it safe from the elements and the tooth fairy. 749 more words


A Lost Baby Molar Is Currently Our Fourth and Oldest Known Denisovan Individual

A paper published this past Friday in the journal Science Advances, shared the reports from a team of paleoanthropologists who found the fourth Denisovan individual known to us.  269 more words


A Deeper Introgression Of Ancient Humans and Neanderthals

New ancient DNA discoveries from an ancient 124,000-year-old Neanderthal femur suggests modern human ancestors interbred with Neanderthals between 470,000 and 220,000 years ago. This is much earlier than previously thought.  201 more words