Did Lucy Fall From A Tree And Die?

Four decades after the discovery of Lucy, her remains are quite possibly the most famous discovery in paleoanthropology and one of the more important. The impact of finding a nearly entire skeleton from a 3.2 million year old hominid revealed a lot about human evolution. We've learned a lot from Lucy, from biophysics to the... Continue Reading →

American Heads are Getting Larger

On the coat tails of Matt Ridley's statement that humans are no longer evolving, comes news presented at last month's annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists that the heads of white Americans are getting bigger. Lee Jantz, Richard Jantz  and Joanne Devlin, took about 1,500 skulls dating all the way back to the mid-1800s... Continue Reading →

The Genetics Of “Who’s Your Daddy?”

When the headlines behind this story came across my RSS reader the other day, I was gonna file it under my proverbial "Captain Obvious" category. The basic premise is the potential link between last name and Y chromosome type. We already know that in deep ancestries, like among Jewish people, the Cohen Modal Haplotype (CMH)... Continue Reading →

The Genealogy of Kwaday Dän Ts’inchi

In 1999, hunters looking for sheep stumbled upon the remains of a man in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, British Columbia, Canada. The man was found at the foot of a glacier. After reporting the discovery, a team of archaeologists and forensic anthropologists worked with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to recover the remains. His affiliation wasn't... Continue Reading →

Boing Boing shares Bill Bass’ Body Farm

I'm sure at least Afarensis will be happy to know that his undergraduate advisor, Bill Bass and the body farm he has built has debuted on Boing Boing today. It is not everyday that anthropology makes it on that site.Boing Boing ultimately links to an article by Allan Bellows of Damn Interesting, who followed Bill Bass around and documented his research. For... Continue Reading →

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