The Discovery of a 3.8 Million Year Old Australopithecus anamensis

The discovery of a mostly intact a 3.8 million year old fossil skull found buried within sandstone, from the Waranjo-Mille site in the Afar region of Ethiopia, was announced last week in Nature. Based on the size and shape of its canines, which has certain anatomical features that make it stand out from A. afarensis and other... Continue Reading →

Is Mrs Ples A Male Or Female Australopithecus africanus?

New research published in South African Journal of Science offers a continuation of the debate that 'Mrs Ples,' the 2.5 million year old Australopithecus africanus skull found in the Sterkfontein Caves in 1947, by paleontologist Dr. Robert Broom and his assistant, John Robinson, is actually a male. Soon after the two made their landmark discovery, Broom... Continue Reading →

A study published in Nature today announces the 2011 discovery of Australopithecus deyiremeda a hominid that lived between 3.3 and 3.5 million years ago. The species is represented by a maxilla, mandible and dentition found in the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar region of Ethiopia about 22 miles from the spot where the remains of Australopithecus afarensis were... Continue Reading →

Microwear Analysis at Dmanisi

This month in the Journal of Human Evolution, a new study on the teeth of the Dmanisi Homo erectus has been published. A site in the Republic of Georgia, Dmanisi has yielded a vast quantity of hominin fossils dating to approximately 1.8 million years ago—even an elderly individual without teeth. The discovered crania are remarkably... Continue Reading →

A Curious Look At The 3.39 Million Year Old “Stone Tool Markings” From Dikika, Ethiopia

I don't know who this is worse for, the editors & reviewers over at Nature or the authors of the article who can't tell the difference between crocodile teeth markings and stone tool modification, nor raise the possibility. The paper, "Evidence for stone-tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues before 3.39 million years ago at Dikika, Ethiopia," very... Continue Reading →

Sexual Dimorphism in Australopithecus afarensis

The discussion about dimorphism between the sexes in the genus Australopithecus has been an ongoing debate in the world of physical anthropology and paleoanthropology. For many people interested in human evolution, this is an interesting question because sexual dimorphism can explain early mating systems. I won't get into that just yet, but I will overview... Continue Reading →

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