Category Archives: Physical Anthropology

Cooking a Nearly Two Million Year Old Practice

Recent excavations and analysis of the molars of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens neanderthalensis suggest that human ancestors began cooking much earlier than originally thought. The introduction of culturally treating food (specifically cooking) directly correlates to smaller molar size in … Continue reading

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Chimpanzees Can Display Altruism

New recent on the behavior of chimpanzees demonstrates that our closest living relatives do in fact display altruistic behavior. Previously, primatologists believed that chimpanzees solely demonstrated behavior for self-serving ends. However, recent behavioral models have shown that the great apes take … Continue reading

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Paleoanthropologists Uncover 20 Million Year Old Hominid Fossil

A team of Ugandan and French Paleoanthropologists have uncovered the remains of a 20 million year old Hominid Fossil in Uganda. The find is especially important as the skull is nearly complete – a rarity in fossilized remains. “This is … Continue reading

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Archaeologists Battle to Study 9,000 Year Old Human Skeletons

Archaeologists at UC San Diego, La Jolla are currently battling for the privilege to study two human skeletons, more than 9,000 years old, recovered during a construction projector at the Chancellor’s home. The conflict has brought to the head current controversial … Continue reading

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NOVA – Interactive Exhibit for Bog Bodies

NOVA has launched a website with an interactive bog body exhibit. You can follow the maps of important finds and learning about more than 80 finds.

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Archaeologists Investigate Real-Life Murder Cases

Archaeologists in Oklahoma are being employed by the state to collect data and evidence in murder cases. Read about this innovative program in KFOR article.

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Neanderthal’s Last Refuge

Yesterday, I posted a story about the recent Neanderthal site discovered in Russia. You can re-read it again here. The story has gained a great deal of following and interest.  Check out the latest story on National Geographic and Science News.

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Mummified Head of Maori Warrior Returned to New Zealand

Today, France has returned the first in a series of Mummified remains to New Zealand. The tatooed, mummified head of an 18th century Maori Warrior is on its way home after a long, drawn-out legal battle with the French Government; … Continue reading

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‘Cousin’ moved to ‘Grand Parent’ in Human Family Tree

Homo heidelbergensis, commonly called the “Heidelberg Man” has been upgraded from ‘cousin’ in the human family tree to ancestor. New research suggests that he co-existed with early man as soon as 400,000 years ago. You can read about the new … Continue reading

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“Nutcracker Man” Primarily ate Grass

Paranthropos boisei, often termed the “nutcracker man” did not use his large jaw bones to crack nuts, but rather to chew grass. Read about the new findings pertaining to this hominid in Discovery and Yahoo News.

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