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  • Meet the Contenders for Earliest Modern Human

    01/12/2012 5:17:15 AM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Smithsonian.com ^ | 1-11-2012 | Erin Wayman
    Paleoanthropologists agree that modern humans evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, yet the fossil evidence for the earliest examples of Homo sapiens is scarce. One problem is the difficulty in recognizing true modern humans in the fossil record: At this time, many of the fossils thought to be early members of our species possess a mix of modern and primitive traits. For some paleoanthropologists, it means our species once had a greater range of physical variation than we do today. For others, it means more than one species of Homo may have lived in Africa at this time, sharing...
  • What Happened to the Hominids Who May Have Been Smarter Than Us?

    01/05/2010 12:54:26 AM PST · by Bobalu · 59 replies · 2,937+ views
    discovermagazine.com ^ | December 28, 2009 | Gary Lynch and Richard Granger
    Two neuroscientists say that a now-extinct race of humans had big eyes, child-like faces, and an average intelligence of around 150, making them geniuses among Homo sapiens. The history of evolutionary studies has been dogged by the intuitively attractive, almost irresistible idea that the whole great process leads to greater complexity, to animals that are more advanced than their predecessors. The pre-Darwin theories of evolution were built around this idea; in fact, Darwin’s (and Wallace’s) great and radical contribution was to throw out the notion of “progress” and replace it with selection from among a set of random variations. But...
  • Progressive creationist anthropology: many reasons NOT to believe

    04/17/2009 3:23:38 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 5 replies · 536+ views
    Progressive creationist anthropology: many reasons NOT to believe A review of Who was Adam? by Fazale Rana with Hugh Ross Although mostly written by Fazale Rana, the book is said to equally represent the work of Hugh Ross. Their salvos against biblical creationists are mostly confined to the earlier chapters of the book, with the first shot being to blame us for the biblical perspective on human origins not being ‘at the high table of scientific debate’ (p. 12). Here they characterize the approach taken by creationists as largely attacking human evolutionary models, but seldom offering ‘a viable theory of...
  • Oldest hominid discovered is 7 million years old: study

    02/28/2008 4:21:27 AM PST · by Renfield · 33 replies · 737+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-27-08
    CHICAGO (AFP) - French fossil hunters have pinned down the age of Toumai, which they contend is the remains of the earliest human ever found, at between 6.8 and 7.2 million years old. The fossil was discovered in the Chadian desert in 2001 and an intense debate ensued over whether the nearly complete cranium, pieces of jawbone and teeth belonged to one of our earliest ancestors. Critics said that Toumai's cranium was too squashed to be that of a hominid -- it did not have the brain capacity that gives humans primacy -- and its small size indicated a creature...
  • Recent Fossil Find and Human Evolution

    10/07/2007 10:11:11 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 34 replies · 1,998+ views
    Many people are convinced that human evolution is a fact. Often they will cite the existence of hominids in the fossil record as evidence for their conviction. These creatures presumably represent evolutionary intermediates between an ape-like creature and modern humans. The standard evolutionary model for human origins views Homo habilis as the first member of our genus (Homo). This hominid initially appears in the fossil record about 2.6 million years ago (mya) and seemingly gives rise directly to Homo erectus around 1.9 mya. The direct transformation of H. habilis into H. erectus appeared to gain support from the recovery of...
  • Hobbit Hominids Lived The Island Life

    04/18/2007 11:19:12 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 905+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-18-2007
    Hobbit hominids lived the island life Wed Apr 18, 6:43 AM ET PARIS (AFP) - A tantalising piece of evidence has been added to the puzzle over so-called "hobbit" hominids found in a cave in a remote Indonesian island, whose discovery has ignited one of the fiercest rows in anthropology. Explorers of the human odyssey have been squabbling bitterly since the fossilised skeletons of tiny hominids, dubbed after the diminutive hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien's tale, were found on the island of Flores in 2003. Measuring just a metre (3.25 feet) tall and with a skull the size of a grapefruit,...
  • Early human relative ate prehistoric smorgasbord

    11/09/2006 4:22:34 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 14 replies · 412+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 9, 2006 | Will Dunham
    The skull of a bipedal hominid Paranthropus robustus is pictured in this undated photograph. The early human relative from 1.8 million years ago dined on the prehistoric equivalent of a smorgasbord -- fruit, nuts, roots, leaves and perhaps meat, according to a study that casts doubt on a key theory about its demise. (Journal Science/Handout/Reuters) An early human relative from 1.8 million years ago dined on the prehistoric equivalent of a smorgasbord -- fruit, nuts, roots, leaves and perhaps meat, according to a study that casts doubt on a key theory about its demise. The four-foot-tall, 100-pound (45-kg) bipedal...
  • Hominids' Cave Rave-Ups May Link Music And Speech

    05/31/2006 10:52:10 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 798+ views
    Reuters (UK) ^ | 5-31-2006 | Michael Roddy
    Hominids' cave rave-ups may link music and speech Wed May 31, 2006 2:15 AM BST By Michael Roddy (Reuters) - It was a dark and stormy night, and in a cave in what is now southern France, Neanderthals were singing, dancing and tapping on stalagmites with their fingernails to pass the time. Did this Ice-Age rave-up happen, perhaps 50,000 to 100,000 years ago, on a cold night in the Pleistocene Epoch? Or is it purely a figment of the imagination of Steven Mithen, professor of early prehistory at the University of Reading in England? Impossible to know, Mithen, 45, readily...
  • Branchless Evolution: Fossils point to single hominid root

    04/19/2006 11:19:40 AM PDT · by furball4paws · 75 replies · 1,688+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 4/15/2006 | B. Bower
    More from that Ethiopian fossil find that sends hominid roots back more than 4 million years.
  • Minds of Their Own: Birds Gain Respect

    02/02/2005 11:32:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,354+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 1, 2005 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    Birdbrain has long been a colloquial term of ridicule. The common notion is that birds' brains are simple, or so scientists thought and taught for many years. But that notion has increasingly been called into question as crows and parrots, among other birds, have shown what appears to be behavior as intelligent as that of chimpanzees. The clash of simple brain and complex behavior has led some neuroscientists to create a new map of the avian brain. Today, in the journal Nature Neuroscience Reviews, an international group of avian experts is issuing what amounts to a manifesto. Nearly everything written...
  • Study: Neanderthals Grew Up Much Faster

    04/28/2004 2:11:51 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 9 replies · 159+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 28, 2004 | CHRIS KAHN
    If you think your kids grow up fast, consider this: A new study suggests that Neanderthal children blazed through adolescence and on average reached adulthood at age 15. The finding bolsters the view that Neanderthals were a unique species separate from modern humans, since the time for humans to mature to adulthood grew longer over the course of their evolution, said paleontologist Fernando V. Ramirez Rozzi, who led the study. Rozzi, with the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, based his study on analysis of Neanderthal teeth. It will be published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. If...
  • (Good News For Democrats) Scientists: Hard heads a key to survival

    02/13/2004 12:54:46 PM PST · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 3,407+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, February 13, 2004
    <p>Get it through your once-thick skull. Scientists say the bulky craniums of the human ancestor, homo erectus, may have helped the species survive some aggressive mating rituals.</p> <p>After studying fossils in a region called Dragon Bone Hill in China, anthropologist Russell Ciochon of the University of Iowa concluded males of the species were clubbing one another over the head, probably to win females.</p>