Few fields of human endeavour are moving quite as quickly as that of anthropology and human evolution. On an almost weekly basis there are new papers being published that, instead of adding to or slightly finessing existing current models, require us to significantly rewrite what we thought we knew. 571 more words
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Bones found in a cave in Morocco add 100,000 years to the history of modern human fossils. These bones are from “early anatomically modern” humans – our own species, Homo sapiens, with a mixture of modern and primitive traits, an international team of anthropologists, paleontologists and evolutionary scientists report in a pair of papers published Wednesday in the journal Nature. 1,264 more words
About 7 million years ago in the region of the Rift Valley in eastern Africa there is an ape. It is small, compared to us; maybe just a metre tall but it is hard to tell as it sits in the lower branches of a tree. 726 more words
The history of human evolution may be rewritten after scientists claimed that the birth of mankind happened in Europe, not Africa.
Most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years. 496 more words
Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The findings, published this week in the… 764 more words