Neanderthal-Human Sex Happened 100,000 Years Earlier

Previously it had been thought that the modern humans and Neanderthals first admixed about 60,000 years ago, but traces of human DNA found in a Neanderthal genome suggest that modern humans started sleeping with our now-extinct relatives 100,000 years ago. The research documenting this new finding is published in the journal Nature. The specimen they... Continue Reading →

Easter Island Wasn’t Destroyed By War

For centuries, there has been this belief that Rapa Nui suffered a catastrophic population crash, possibly due to war. But there is no scientific evidence to support this idea, say a group of researchers in the latest issue of the journal Antiquity. The authors studied sharpened pieces of obsidian, called mata'a, which look  to the... Continue Reading →

There have been great debates about the lineage of Homo floresiensis. A new unpublished study in the Journal of Human Evolution used imaging to re-examine the layers of the Liang Bua 1 (nicknamed LB1) skull. lead author Antoine Balzeau, a scientist at France's Natural History Museum and Philippe Charlier, a physician and anthropologist at Paris-Descartes... Continue Reading →

Race Is A Social Construct

One of our all time most popular posts here on Anthropology.net is a 2008 blog post, "Race as a Social Construct." Yesterday the journal Science published an open access paper that stated race should be phased out of current studies on human genetic diversity. Modern genetics research operate in a paradox, which that race is... Continue Reading →

Blombos Cave is an important site discovered in the '90's. It is about 300 km east of Cape Town, South Africa and has yielded phenomenal Middle Stone Age deposits dated at between 100,000 and 70,000 years ago as well as Later Stone Age sequence dated at between 2,000 and 300 years. A new paper in... Continue Reading →

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