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Lucy, the australopithi- wha-?


          I’m sure that most of us have heard of Lucy at some point in our lives, but how many of us actually know about Lucy? 296 more words


Australopithe-what? 10 Facts about "Lucy"and the Australopithecus Afarensis

In honour of today marking the 41st anniversary of the discovery of “Lucy” here are ten facts about the early human species- Australopithecus Afarensis.

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What's so special about Homo naledi?

Unless you live in a cave yourself, it would’ve been hard to miss the big news about a new kind of hominin recently unearthed from deep inside a nearly-inaccessible South African one: … 654 more words

Our Primate Nature

Paleontology, Paleoanthropology and a more Holistic Understanding of Extinct Species

I spend a lot of time researching and thinking and writing about paleontology (including paleoanthropology). What little work I have done within the field, its implications and its limitations, have shaped my perspectives far more than my time spent in books and classrooms ever could. 2,083 more words


Where do we come from - What are we - Where are we going

The following thoughts were inspired by the recent exhibition of bones of a new branch on the tree of mankind – Homo naledi:

In the beginning we were all one. 328 more words


The diploic vascular channels

The diploic channels are placed between the vault cortical layers (external and internal). The calvarial diploe contains large and valveless diploic veins interconnected through a complex network of microscopic channels. 276 more words


Diploic veins

Diploic channels run within the vault bones, and are therefore protected from external agents. This condition makes them an interesting topic in paleontology, archaeology, and forensics. 162 more words