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Head cooling device

The brain thermoregulation is an important issue from anthropology to medicine. The brain thermodynamic mechanisms in humans are still not well known and additional heat regulations in certain physiological and pathological conditions are crucial to prevent irreversible damages. 126 more words

Computed Tomography

On Being Human Redux: The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack, by Ian Tattersall

An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. 1,702 more words


A Neandertal Ancestor for a Early European

At last week’s Biology of Genomes meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, Qiaomei Fu, a palaeogenomicist at Harvard Medical School, raised the concept that modern humans were mating with Neanderthals right near the time they became extinct. 214 more words


Another Big Month for Paleoanthropology: April Roundup

Last month I rounded up some March’s biggest moments for paleoanthropology, combining huge news of the Ledi-Geraru jaw with other intriguing stories that almost slipped under my radar! 342 more words


Many cultures existed in Europe about 40-45,000 years ago. About 42,000 years ago, in southern Europe, the Protoaurignacian developed and the culture that followed marked a turning point in modern humanity. 184 more words


Ancient Human Footprints Along Ileret, Kenya Lakeside

In the late 2000s, 22 footprints were found near Ileret, Kenya. These prints are beleive to be 1.5 million years old. The study documenting this find focused on the anatomy of these footprints; Homo erectus who ambulated much like modern humans. 123 more words


World’s oldest stone tools discovered in Kenya

“Researchers at a meeting here say they have found the oldest tools made by human ancestors—stone flakes dated to 3.3 million years ago. That’s 700,000 years older than the oldest-known tools to date, suggesting that our ancestors were crafting tools several hundred thousand years before our genus… 40 more words