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  • First Mariners

    09/25/2004 12:44:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 696+ views
    Archaeology ^ | Volume 51 Number 3 May/June 1998 | Mark Rose
    Mata Menge, however, produced a small number of stone tools, including some made of nonlocal chert, as well as remains of large stegodon, crocodile, giant rat, freshwater molluscs, and plants... Morwood dated the sites using a technique that analyzes individual zircon crystals from volcanic deposits. A sample from Tangi Talo, taken near a pygmy stegodon tusk and giant tortoise shell fragments, yielded a date of about 900,000 years ago. At Mata Menge, a sample from just beneath the artifact-bearing level dated to about 880,000 years ago, while another, taken above in situ artifacts, gave a date of about 800,000... Tools...
  • Human Ancestor Preserved in Stone

    12/07/2007 11:02:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 176+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 7 December 2007 | Ann Gibbons
    Stone man. This partial skull of a 500,000-year-old human was found in a slab of travertine from a quarry like this one in Turkey.Credit: John Kappelman/University of Texas, Austin Workers at a travertine factory near Denizli, Turkey, were startled recently when they sawed a block of the limestone for tiles and discovered part of a human skull. Now, it appears they unwittingly exposed fossilized remains of a long-sought species of human that lived 500,000 years ago, researchers say. Although only four skull fragments were found, the fossil also reveals the earliest case of tuberculosis. The Middle East has long been...
  • Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone

    02/07/2013 4:04:53 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI - Live Science ^ | 2-7-2013 | Tia Ghose
    Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone Tia Ghose, LiveScienceFebruary, 2013 . An ancient hominin jawbone unearthed in a Serbian cave may be more than half a million years old. Scientists have unearthed a jawbone from an ancient human ancestor in a cave in Serbia. The jawbone, which may have come from an ancient Homo erectus or a primitive-looking Neanderthal precursor, is more than 397,000 years old, and possibly more than 525,000 years old. The fossil, described today (Feb. 6) in the journal PLOS ONE, is the oldest hominin fossil found in this region of Europe, and may change...
  • Discoveries Challenge Beliefs on Humans’ Arrival in the Americas

    03/28/2014 9:09:21 AM PDT · by Theoria · 68 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Mar 2014 | SIMON ROMERO
    Niede Guidon still remembers her astonishment when she glimpsed the paintings. Preserved amid the bromeliad-encrusted plateaus that tower over the thorn forests of northeast Brazil, the ancient rock art depicts fierce battles among tribesmen, orgiastic scenes of prehistoric revelry and hunters pursuing their game, spears in hand. “These were stunning compositions, people and animals together, not just figures alone,” said Dr. Guidon, 81, remembering what first lured her and other archaeologists in the 1970s to this remote site where jaguars still prowl. Hidden in the rock shelters where prehistoric humans once lived, the paintings number in the thousands. Some are...
  • One million-year-old settlement uncovered in Britain

    01/16/2014 8:11:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | January 13, 2014 | April Holloway
    Archaeologists believe they have found the birthplace of British civilisation, and it is underneath a £15-a-night caravan park in Norfolk, England. Discoveries at the site include one million-year-old artefacts and fossilised animal remains, which are the oldest ever found in the UK. Scientists now believe that it was the first, or one of the first settlement sites of early humans in Britain. Although researchers are yet to uncover any human remains from our predecessors, it is believed the site currently lying beneath Manor Caravan Park in Happisburgh, Norfolk, was a settlement created by early human relatives, such as Homo erectus....
  • Neanderthals were ancient mariners

    03/02/2012 10:22:47 AM PST · by presidio9 · 14 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 29 February 2012 | Michael Marshall
    IT LOOKS like Neanderthals may have beaten modern humans to the seas. Growing evidence suggests our extinct cousins criss-crossed the Mediterranean in boats from 100,000 years ago - though not everyone is convinced they weren't just good swimmers. Neanderthals lived around the Mediterranean from 300,000 years ago. Their distinctive "Mousterian" stone tools are found on the Greek mainland and, intriguingly, have also been found on the Greek islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. That could be explained in two ways: either the islands weren't islands at the time, or our distant cousins crossed the water somehow. Now, George Ferentinos of...
  • Cretan tools point to 130,000-year-old sea travel

    01/03/2011 1:35:19 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 19 replies
    AP via Google ^ | 3 January 2011
    Archaeologists on the island of Crete have discovered what may be evidence of one of the world's first sea voyages by human ancestors, the Greek Culture Ministry said Monday A ministry statement said experts from Greece and the U.S. have found rough axes and other tools thought to be between 130,000 and 700,000 years old close to shelters on the island's south coast. Crete has been separated from the mainland for about five million years, so whoever made the tools must have traveled there by sea (a distance of at least 40 miles). That would upset the current view that...
  • On Crete, New Evidence of Very Ancient Mariners

    02/17/2010 7:15:26 AM PST · by Palter · 27 replies · 531+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Feb 2010 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    <p>Early humans, possibly even prehuman ancestors, appear to have been going to sea much longer than anyone had ever suspected.</p> <p>That is the startling implication of discoveries made the last two summers on the Greek island of Crete. Stone tools found there, archaeologists say, are at least 130,000 years old, which is considered strong evidence for the earliest known seafaring in the Mediterranean and cause for rethinking the maritime capabilities of prehuman cultures.</p>
  • Charlie Daniels: ‘Only People With Guts To Face Down Obama Is A Group Of Catholic Nuns’

    01/06/2014 8:43:03 PM PST · by hope · 67 replies ^ | 1.6.2014
    Excerpted from BizPac Review: ost freedom-loving Americans celebrated the recently reported news that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted an order on Dec. 31 to temporarily halt the Obamacare mandate requiring the Little Sisters of the Poor to offer contraception. When Attorney General Eric Holder dug in to fight the Little Sisters, country rock icon and conservative tweeter Charlie Daniels offered his encouragement to the nuns.
  • Ochre hand imprint of Homo erectus revealed

    12/21/2013 8:50:14 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Saturday, December 21, 2013 | Alexander Binsteiner
    After the recent discovery of several well-preserved hand axes of Acheulean age dating to approximately 500,000 years ago, as well as a phallus shaped object coated with traces of ocre (see Fundsache Homo erectus, Archaeology Online 2012) a number of hammerstones were also recovered... and have clear use marks on the longitudinal edges. However, after close examination... a quartzite hammerstone was shown to have a peculiar line of reddish ochre along a well-defined and particularly striking side. Natural sediment retention in the cobble itself was excluded, and it suddenly became obvious that what was being observed, was the outline of...
  • Discovery Pushes Back the Clock on Human Hand Evolution

    12/19/2013 12:18:58 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | December 16, 2013
    Researchers suspect the bone belonged to the early human species, Homo erectus, a human species that existed between 1.8 million and 143,000 years ago. It is considered the first human species to go global --- geographically, Home erectus fossil remains have been found in East Africa, Georgia, India, Sri Lanka, China and Java. The bone was found near sites where the earliest Acheulian tools have appeared. Acheulian tools are ancient, shaped stone tools that include stone hand axes more than 1.6 million years old. They are most often associated with the presence of Homo erectus. "What makes this bone so...
  • Paranthropus Boisei: Human Ancestors More Rugged than Originally Thought

    12/07/2013 8:13:09 PM PST · by gooblah · 21 replies
    The Guardian Express ^ | December 6 2013 | Douglas Cobb
    Human ancestors, at least some of them, were more rugged and powerfully built than scientists originally thought that they were, if the most recently discovered bones of Paranthropus boisei are any indication. They had powerful forearms well-suited for climbing trees, as well as being bipedal.
  • New 10 second sourcing technology set to transform archaeology

    09/15/2013 12:17:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    University of Sheffield ^ | 9 September 2013 | Amy Stone
    Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of sourcing obsidian artefacts that takes only 10 seconds -- dozens of times faster than the current methods -- with a handheld instrument that can be used at archaeological excavations. Obsidian, naturally occurring volcanic glass, is smooth, hard, and far sharper than a surgical scalpel when fractured, making it a highly desirable raw material for crafting stone tools for almost all of human history. The earliest obsidian tools, found in East Africa, are nearly two million years old, and obsidian scalpels are still used today in specialised medical procedures. The...
  • A New Paleolithic Revolution

    09/06/2007 2:17:33 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 497+ views
    Minerva ^ | 9-6-2007
    A New Paleolithic Revolution Image Caption: The ‘Rangki Papa’ (‘Father of all Rafts’) built using Palaeolithic technology and approaching the coast of Komodo, Bali, having succeeded in crossing from Sumbawa, 7 October 2004. The vessel travelled 36.4km in 9 hours 22 minutes Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph.D. and Dr Sean KingsleyJuly/August 2007 For decades archaeologists have rightly respected the Neolithic period c. 8500 BC as a revolutionary era of the most profound change, when the wiring of mankind’s brain shifted from transient hunter-gathering to permanent settlement in farming communities. Hearths, temples, articulated burials, whistling ‘wheat’ fields and security replaced the...
  • Erectus Ahoy (Stone Age Voyages)

    10/22/2003 12:28:49 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,338+ views
    Science News ^ | 10-22-2003 | Bruce Bower
    Erectus AhoyPrehistoric seafaring floats into view Bruce Bower As the sun edged above the horizon on Jan. 31, 2000, a dozen men boarded a bamboo raft off the east coast of the Indonesian island of Bali. Each gripped a wooden paddle and, in unison, deftly stroked the nearly 40-foot-long craft into the open sea. Their destination: the Stone Age, by way of a roughly 18-mile crossing to the neighboring island of Lombok. Project director Robert G. Bednarik, one of the assembled paddlers, knew that a challenging trip lay ahead, even discounting any time travel. Local fishing crews had told him...
  • Oldest Human Fossil in Western Europe Found in Spain

    08/03/2013 6:20:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Sat, Aug 03, 2013 | Journal of Human Evolution
    The find, a fossil tooth (molar) uncovered through excavations at the site of Barranco León in the Orce region of southeastern Spain, was dated to about 1.4 million years ago using several combined dating techniques, including Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) in combination with paleomagnetic and biochronological data... Researchers identified the lithic assemblage as characteristic of Oldowan technology, the earliest known stone tool industry, first discovered at Olduvai Gorge in East Africa by Louis Leakey in the 1930s. The same industry was found at Dmanisi in the country of Georgia, where early human fossils dated to about 1.8 million years ago...
  • Newcomer in Early Eurafrican Population?

    06/30/2008 8:26:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 118+ views
    AlphaGalileo ^ | Monday, June 30, 2008 | unattributed (?)
    A complete mandible of Homo erectus was discovered at the Thomas I quarry in Casablanca by a French-Moroccan team co-led by Jean-Paul Raynal... This mandible is the oldest human fossil uncovered from scientific excavations in Morocco. The discovery will help better define northern Africa's possible role in first populating southern Europe. A Homo erectus half-jaw had already been found at the Thomas I quarry in 1969, but it was a chance discovery and therefore with no archeological context... The morphology of these remains is different from the three mandibles found at the Tighenif site in Algeria that were used, in...
  • Dragon Bones: The Mystery of the Peking Man

    03/09/2013 3:07:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    TruTV ^ | prior to 2013 | Rachael Bell
    Probably the most interesting story yet, concerned a Chicago broker named Christopher Janus who was determined to solve the case of the missing fossils. Janus offered a $5,000 reward for the recovery of the Peking Man in the mid-1970s. He received an unusual response from an unidentified woman who claimed she had the fossils and demanded that they meet on the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. Janus curiosity was aroused and he met the woman at the designated spot. The woman claimed that her deceased husband, a Marine during World War II, returned home after...
  • Michelle Obama Drops "Let's Move" Campaign (new massive community organizing project coming)

    01/29/2013 10:40:56 AM PST · by drewh · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 29, 2013 11:44 AM EST | Katie Pavlich
    New term, new project. First Lady Michelle Obama has quietly dropped her "Let's Move" campaign, the healthy eating push she took on for schools all over the country during her husband's first term. First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have abandoned, at least for now, her oft-criticized “Let’s Move” initiative to promote exercise and healthy eating among the nation’s youth, halting public appearances and statements related to the program. Mrs. Obama does not appear to have done anything much to personally publicize the initiative in more than four months – since she released a video in early September welcoming children...
  • Ancient Mariners: Did Neanderthals Sail to Mediterranean?

    11/24/2012 8:17:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Charles Choi
    Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This prehistoric seafaring could shed light on the mental capabilities of these lost relatives of modern humans, researchers say. Scientists had thought the Mediterranean islands were first settled about 9,000 years ago by Neolithic or New Stone Age farmers and shepherds... For instance, obsidian from the Aegean island of Melos was uncovered at the mainland Greek coastal site of Franchthi cave in layers that were about 11,000 years old, while excavations on the southern coast of Cyprus...
  • Human ancestors used fire one million years ago, archaeologist find

    04/02/2012 2:43:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies ^ | 04-02-2012 | Provided by University of Toronto
    An international team led by the University of Toronto and Hebrew University has identified the earliest known evidence of the use of fire by human ancestors. Microscopic traces of wood ash, alongside animal bones and stone tools, were found in a layer dated to one million years ago at the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa. "The analysis pushes the timing for the human use of fire back by 300,000 years, suggesting that human ancestors as early as Homo erectus may have begun using fire as part of their way of life," said U of T anthropologist Michael Chazan, co-director of...
  • Report from Former U.S. Marine Hints at Whereabouts of Long-Lost Peking Man Fossils

    03/29/2012 9:18:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Scientific American 'blogs ^ | March 22, 2012 | Kate Wong
    In the 1930s archaeologists working at the site of Zhoukoudian near Beijing recovered an incredible trove of partial skulls and other bones representing some 40 individuals that would eventually be assigned to the early human species Homo erectus. The bones, which recent estimates put at around 770,000 years old, constitute the largest collection of H. erectus fossils ever found. They were China's paleoanthropological pride and joy. And then they vanished. According to historical accounts, in 1941 the most important fossils in the collection were packed in large wooden footlockers or crates to be turned over to the U.S. military for...
  • Humans Shaped Stone Axes 1.8 Million Years Ago: Advanced Tool-Making Methods Pushed Back in Time

    09/10/2011 8:30:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 09/01/2011
    A new study suggests that Homo erectus, a precursor to modern humans, was using advanced toolmaking methods in East Africa 1.8 million years ago, at least 300,000 years earlier than previously thought. The study, recently published in Nature, raises new questions about where these tall and slender early humans originated and how they developed sophisticated tool-making technology. Homo erectus appeared about 2 million years ago, and ranged across Asia and Africa before hitting a possible evolutionary dead-end, about 70,000 years ago. Some researchers think Homo erectus evolved in East Africa, where many of the oldest fossils have been found, but...
  • Fossils Raise Questions about Human Ancestry

    09/08/2011 5:12:55 PM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 9/8/2011 | By Ewen Callaway
    New descriptions of Australopithecus sediba fossils have added to debates about the species' place in the human lineage. Five papers published today in Science describe the skull, pelvis, hands and feet of the ancient hominin unearthed three years ago in South Africa. The papers reveal a curious mix of traits, some found in apes and earlier Australopithecus fossils, and others thought to be unique to Homo erectus--the tall, thin-boned hominin that emerged around 2 million years ago in eastern Africa and colonized Europe and Asia--and its descendants, including modern humans.
  • Finding showing human ancestor older than previously thought offers new insights into evolution

    07/04/2011 8:45:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Eurekalert! ^ | Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | James Devitt
    Homo erectus is widely considered a direct human ancestor -- it resembles modern humans in many respects, except for its smaller brain and differently shaped skull -- and was the first of our ancestors to migrate out of Africa, approximately 1.8 million years ago. Homo erectus went extinct in Africa and much of Asia by about 500,000 years ago, but appeared to have survived in Indonesia until about 35,000 to 50,000 years ago at the site of Ngandong on the Solo River. These late members of Homo erectus would have shared the environment with early members of our own species,...
  • Peking man differing from modern humans in brain asymmetry

    06/30/2011 3:22:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | June 28, 2011 | Institute of Vertebrae Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
    Compared with modern humans, Peking man's brain casts have small brain size, low height and low position of the greatest breadth, flat frontal and parietal lobes, depressed Sylvian areas, strong posterior projection of the occipital lobes, anterior positioning of the cerebellar lobes relative to the occipital lobes, and relative simplicity of the meningeal vessels. The study shows that the absolute hemisphere volumes and surface areas exhibited no significant asymmetries in the Peking man or in modern specimens. However, the relative hemisphere volumes against surface areas differed between the two groups, suggesting that brain asymmetries originated from relative brain sizes rather...
  • Most Ancient Case Of Tuberculosis Found In 500,000-year-old Human; Points To Modern Health Issues

    12/07/2007 5:10:26 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 95+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-7-2007 | University of Texas at Austin.
    Most Ancient Case Of Tuberculosis Found In 500,000-year-old Human; Points To Modern Health IssuesView of the inside of a plaster cast of the skull of the newly discovered young male Homo erectus from western Turkey. The stylus points to tiny lesions 1-2 mm in size found along the rim of bone just behind the right eye orbit. The lesions were formed by a type of tuberculosis that infects the brain and, at 500,000 years in age, represents the most ancient case of TB known in humans. (Credit: Marsha Miller, the University of Texas at Austin)" ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2007) —...
  • Unique Canine Tooth from 'Peking Man' Found in Swedish Museum Collection

    06/03/2011 2:50:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 26, 2011 | Uppsala University
    Swedish paleontologists were the first scientists to go to China in the early 20th century, and they carried out a series of expeditions in collaboration with Chinese colleagues. They found large numbers of fossils of dinosaurs and other vertebrates. The material was sent to Sweden and the well-known paleontologist Carl Wiman, who identified and described the fossils. But when the direction of research changed after Wiman's death, 40 cartons were left unopened and forgotten -- until know. In recent weeks, they have been opened by Per Ahlberg, his colleague Martin Kundrát, and Museum Director Jan Ove Ebbestad, who had drawn...
  • Did Peking Man wield a spear? New research suggests early humans were assembling weapons in China...

    04/30/2011 1:18:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Unreported Heritage News ^ | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Owen Jarus
    About 700,000 years ago, at a time when China's climate was chillier than it is today, a group of Homo erectus lived in a cave system in Zhoukoudian China. They had a striking appearance. With a heavy brow ridge, large robust teeth and a brain size approaching our own, these people had long since left Africa, their ancestors travelling thousands of kilometres into East Asia. Until recently scientists believed that they lived in more recent times, perhaps only 500,000 years ago. That idea was repudiated two years ago in the journal Nature, when a team of scientists used aluminum/beryllium dating...
  • Flat-faced hominid skulls from China

    08/12/2010 4:58:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Science Frontiers #83 ^ | Sep-Oct 1992 | William R. Corliss
    The "African Eve" theory of human evolution was given much play in the media a few years back. According to the "African" view, modern humans arose exclusively in Africa and, about 100,000 years ago, expanded rapidly from there into Europe and Asia, displacing "lesser" hominids. Unfortunately, the DNA studies that stimulated this conjecture have been found to be flawed. And now new fossil testimony casts further doubt. In 1989 and 1990, near the Han River, in China's Hube Province, anthropologists found hominid skulls with the characteristic flat faces of modern humans. These skulls seem to be about 350,000 years old....
  • Footprint Fossils Analyzed for Ancient Human Gait

    07/27/2010 7:05:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American Observations ^ | Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Zahra Hirji
    Out in the Kenyan desert, a trail of extremely old footprints are etched into sedimentary rock -- a memory of early humans and how they moved... around 1.5 million years ago, these are the oldest footprints that look like those made by modern humans. A team of scientists, including Brian Richmond from George Washington University, discovered these precious fossilized prints in dried mud in 2009... “A fossilized footprint is basically fossilized behavior," Richmond said. 'It shows you what the individual did 1.5 million years ago that instant in time." And what do those prints tell Richmond? "Sure enough, they were...
  • 'Java Man' takes age to extremes [ H. erectus 550,000 yrs BP? ]

    04/17/2010 6:46:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 633+ views
    Science News ^ | Friday, April 16th, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    New age estimates for Homo erectus fossils on the Indonesian island of Java have physical anthropologists scratching their crania. After convincing most of their colleagues that H. erectus may have persisted on the Indonesian island of Java as recently as 30,000 years ago -- late enough to have coexisted in Asia with modern humans for more than 100,000 years -- anthropologists presented new analyses April 14 suggesting the fossils in question may actually predate Homo sapiens by hundreds of thousands of years. It all depends which radiometric method you use to assess the fossils' age, New York University anthropologist Susan...
  • Ancient hominids may have been seafarers

    01/14/2010 4:18:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 636+ views
    Science News ^ | Friday, January 8th, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    Human ancestors that left Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago to see the rest of the world were no landlubbers. Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species -- perhaps Homo erectus -- had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some of the larger islands in between, says archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College in Rhode Island. Several hundred double-edged cutting implements discovered at nine sites in southwestern Crete date to at least 130,000 years ago and probably much earlier, Strasser...
  • First Americans - Homo Erectus in America

    09/24/2004 7:54:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies · 1,483+ views ^ | January 01, 1999 | Tom Baldwin (apparently)
    While the author of this webpage does not believe that Homo Erectus is responsible for the surface lithics found in the Calico Mountains of California, he does believe the presence of these lithics is quite important in establishing the fact that man was on this continent eons before those of the Clovis school are willing to admit. Once the door is thrown open to an earlier arrival date for man on this continent, then serious study will hopefully begin on the many early man sites to be found in both North and South America, but currently ignored because of their...
  • 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...
  • Prints Are Evidence of Modern Foot in Prehumans

    02/26/2009 12:08:19 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 39 replies · 1,279+ views
    nytimes ^ | February 26, 2009 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Footprints uncovered in Kenya show that as early as 1.5 million years ago an ancestral species, almost certainly Homo erectus, had already evolved the feet and walking gait of modern humans.
  • Discovery of Fire Pushed Back 500,000 Years

    10/28/2008 9:57:36 PM PDT · by Goonch · 16 replies · 3,265+ views
    The discovery of fire took place half a million years earlier than thought, Israeli archaeologists have revealed. Digs at the Gesher Benot Ya'aqov site in northern Israel near a drained lakebed uncovered burnt flakes of flint dating back 790,000 years — long before modern Homo sapiens evolved in eastern Africa.
  • Rise Of Man Theory 'Out By 400,000 Years'

    06/24/2007 6:39:42 PM PDT · by blam · 77 replies · 1,914+ views
    Times Online ^ | 6-25-2007 | Dalya Alberge
    Rise of man theory ‘out by 400,000 years’ Dalya Alberge, Arts CorrespondentJune 25, 2007 Our earliest ancestors gave up hunter-gathering and took to a settled life up to 400,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to controversial research. The accepted timescale of Man’s evolution is being challenged by a German archaeologist who claims to have found evidence that Homo erectus — mankind’s early ancestor, who migrated from Africa to Asia and Europe — began living in settled communities long before the accepted time of 10,000 years ago. The point at which settlement actually took place is the first critical stage...
  • Stranger In A New Land (Archaeology)

    11/01/2003 8:45:22 AM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 4,420+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 11-13-2003 | Kate Wong
    October 13, 2003 Stranger in a New Land Stunning finds in the Republic of Georgia upend long-standing ideas about the first hominids to journey out of Africa By Kate Wong We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. --T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets: "Little Gidding" In an age of spacecraft and deep-sea submersibles, we take it for granted that humans are intrepid explorers. Yet from an evolutionary perspective, the propensity to colonize is one of the distinguishing characteristics of our...
  • Homo Floresiensis: tiny toolmaker or microcephalic? (The debate continues)

    06/01/2006 7:43:39 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 6 replies · 541+ views
    nature news ^ | 31 may | dude #4352
    Old tools shed light on hobbit origins Tiny toolmaker or microcephalic? The 'hobbit' debate continues. Michael Hopkin They may have been tiny, but the hobbits of the Indonesian island of Flores are still the focus of the biggest controversy in anthropology. The latest twist in the tale suggests that these one-metre-tall hominids, with a brain the size of a grapefruit, were the final members of a tool-making tradition stretching back more than 800,000 years. But amid fresh doubts over the species' evolutionary history, the idea that the curious creatures were deformed modern humans refuses to go away. Tools from Liang...
  • Scientists Find Skull of Human Ancestor

    03/25/2006 8:18:09 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 34 replies · 2,486+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sat 25 March | DAGNACHEW TEKLU
    Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man. The hominid cranium — found in two pieces and believed to be between 500,000 and 250,000 years old — "comes from a very significant period and is very close to the appearance of the anatomically modern human," said Sileshi Semaw, director of the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project in Ethiopia. Archaeologists found the early human cranium five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region, Sileshi said. Several stone...
  • Homo Erectus Ate Crunchy Food

    11/22/2005 1:16:13 PM PST · by blam · 83 replies · 4,052+ views
    Discover News ^ | 11-22-2005 | Jennifer Viegas
    Homo erectus ate crunchy food Jennifer Viegas Discovery News Tuesday, 22 November 2005 Tooth marks suggest Homo erectus ate crunchy foods, like root vegetables (Image: iStockphoto) Homo erectus munched on crunchy, brittle and tough foods, while other early humans seemed to favour softer fare, according to a new analysis of teeth. All the individuals showed signs of eating a variety of foods. H. erectus lived between approximately 2 million to 400,000 years ago and is the first known primate to use significant tools and walk upright. The researchers say H. erectus is the only species they looked at that appears...
  • Archaeologist Finds 'Oldest Porn Statue' (7,200 Years Old)

    04/04/2005 1:22:11 PM PDT · by blam · 103 replies · 5,348+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-4-2005 | Krysia Diver
    Archaeologist finds 'oldest porn statue' Krysia Diver in Stuttgart Monday April 4, 2005 The Guardian (UK) Stone-age figurines depicting what could be the oldest pornographic scene in the world have been unearthed in Germany. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the 7,200-year-old remnants of a man having intercourse with a woman. The extraordinary find, at an archaeological dig in Saxony, shatters the belief that sex was a taboo subject in that era. Until now, the oldest representations of sexual scenes were frescos from about 2,000 years ago. Harald Stäuble of the Archaeological Institute of Saxony, based in Dresden,...
  • Stone age porn

    04/04/2005 5:23:48 AM PDT · by pissant · 18 replies · 8,532+ views
    ananova ^ | 4/3/05 | staff
    Archaeologists in Germany have found what could be the oldest pornographic scene in the world. They have unearthed what they believe to be the 7,200-year-old figurines of a couple having sex, reports the Guardian. The find, at an archaeological dig in Leipzig, shatters the belief that sex was a taboo subject in the stone age era. First, Harald Stäuble of the Archaeological Institute of Saxony, discovered the 8cm lower half of a man, which he named Adonis von Zschernitz. One month later, Dr Stäuble found what could be the matching female figurine. Dr Stäuble said: "Adonis is bent forward and...
  • What women should want Politically correct is tiresome tyranny

    03/06/2005 5:34:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 980+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 6, 2005 | Steven Knipp
    Through the ages, men have sworn their adoration for the weaker sex, in paintings and poems, in songs and books and movies. But it has only been in the last century that men have openly admitted that women are better than men in far more ways. China's Mao said: "Women hold up half of heaven," while the Soviet Union's Nikita Khrushchev acknowledged that "It is the men who do the administrating, and the women who do (the actual) work." And even that arch- capitalist billionaire Aristotle Onassis said: "If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have...
  • Gene Arrangement Makes Some Europeans More Fertile

    01/16/2005 10:00:45 PM PST · by anymouse · 10 replies · 513+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 16, 2005
    Researchers working in Iceland said on Sunday they identified a genetic pattern that makes some Europeans more fertile. The genetic pattern, known as an inversion, is a stretch of the DNA code that runs backwards in people who carry it. Usually, such rearrangements of a chromosome are harmful to carriers. But this one causes carriers to have more children each generation -- giving them what is known as a selective advantage, the researchers reported. The finding, published in Monday's issue of the journal Nature Genetics, opens some interesting questions about human evolution, the team at Iceland's DeCODE Genetics said. "We...
  • DUmmies Turn On Bill Clinton [Vicious/Losericious]

    11/05/2004 6:01:23 PM PST · by VaBthang4 · 40 replies · 767+ views
    Clinton to Democrats: Don't whine, work on image SAM DOLNICK, Associated Press Writer Friday, November 5, 2004 (11-05) 14:12 PST NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President Clinton has a message for Democrats inconsolable after President Bush's re-election: Buck up. It's not that bad. You need to improve your image. "This election presents a great opportunity for President Bush and a great opportunity for Democrats, and the two are not necessarily in conflict," Clinton said in his first public remarks since Democratic Sen. John Kerry's defeat on Tuesday. The last two-term Democratic president said the party needs to rework its image...
  • Extinct humans left louse legacy(Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens)

    10/16/2004 3:53:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,281+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/06/04 | Paul Rincon
    Extinct humans left louse legacy By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff The evolutionary history of head lice is tied very closely to that of their hosts Some head lice infesting people today were probably spread to us thousands of years ago by an extinct species of early human, a genetics study reveals. It shows that when our ancestors left Africa after 100,000 years ago, they made direct contact with tribes of "archaic" peoples, probably in Asia. Lice could have jumped from them on to our ancestors during fights, sex, clothes-sharing or even cannibalism. Details of the research appear...
  • Morford: Maybe You Need A Road Trip

    06/02/2004 4:55:13 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 16 replies · 289+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2004 | Mark Morford (drives a stick)
    This is the dream. It involves a shiny cool small premium new car and a big happy beautiful dog sticking his head out the window and a longish solo road trip up the West Coast from San Francisco to the northern tip of Idaho in the middle of the summer. There is music playing. There is a huge sunroof open at all times. There is a small cooler full of ginger beer and spelt pretzels and Odwalla bars and organic turkey sandwiches. There is an in-dash CD multichanger loaded with dirtystupidfun '80s hard rock and badass electronica and Rufus Wainwright...