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Brains and eyes

After our first survey on the morphological relationships between eyes and brains, here a comprehensive second study on this same topic. We have analyzed data from computed tomography (orbits and endocranial space) and magnetic resonance (eyes and brain), investigating modern humans, apes, and fossils. 66 more words

Brain Morphology

Teaching Naledi: Two Years Getting to Know about and Share Our Newly Discovered Relative

In my last post, I shared with you the first part of my social media journey that brought me from utilizing YouTube back in 2007 to becoming connected with a fantastic science/adventure story that was the discovery of more than 1,500 human-like fossils in a South African cave called Rising Star. 1,612 more words


Basal Eurasian Beauty

In 2013, genetic research led by Iosif Lazaridis found that Neolithic farmers who migrated into Europe from the Middle East after 8,000 years ago owed 44% of their ancestry to a modern human population characterized by little to no Neanderthal admixture (as opposed to the 2-4% found in modern non-African people today). 153 more words


From Pond Scum to a Pinnacle of Paleoanthropology: My Decade Long Social Media Journey

In my last post, I shared with you some folks I greatly respect who have made social media work for their teaching and the learning of thousands of students worldwide. 1,861 more words

Classroom Ideas

How Did Modern Humans Arrive in East Asia?

*Disclaimer: This post is a reworking of a short paper for a class on early China for which I was assigned the multiregional position of the mutiregional vs. 571 more words


Video: An Impromptu Skype Call with Lee Berger and John Hawks from inside the Rising Star Caves as They Excavated More Homo naledi Fossils

The team excavating the fossils from the rising star cave system in South Africa is at it again. Lee Berger, John Hawks, and their master excavators and “underground astronauts” are busy excavating more extensively in the Lesedi and Dinaledi chambers that yielded such amazing finds last year. 327 more words