Linking Early Human Language & Cave Art

Human language is thought to emerge around 100,000 years ago as an abstract symbolic system. It is very likely that humans spoke long before it they wrote. Because the nature of language is largely spoken, it has been hard to find physical evidence of when and how humans began speaking...  Some argue early evidence of... Continue Reading →

World’s Oldest Cave Art Made By Neanderthals

In two new studies, published yesterday in Science and Science Advances, researchers Alistair Pike, an archaeologist at the University of Southampton, João Zilhão, a University of Barcelona archaeologist and Dirk Hoffmann, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology who specializes in dating minerals lay out the case that 65,000 year old murals and 115,000 year old... Continue Reading →

What happens when you get a archaeologist, an ecologist, and a paleontologist to in the same room to look at old data with a new lens? You get, "Productivity, biodiversity, and pathogens influence the global hunter-gatherer population density," published in PNAS, where the influence of environmental conditions on the abundance of pre-industrial humans is investigated.... Continue Reading →

Maya “Megalopolis” Found After LiDAR Scanning the Guatemalan Jungle

After mapping over 810 square miles (2,100 sq km) in northern Peten, Guatemala more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other undiscovered hidden features have been identified using LiDAR technology. LiDAR allows one to remove the canopy from images to identify underlying structures. These discoveries were lead by Thomas Garrison, an Ithaca College archaeologist, as... Continue Reading →

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