Apidima 1 – A New Look At Old Skull

In the 1970's, the Apidima Cave site in Greece was excavated by archaeologists. Lodged within a chunk of rock was the Apidima 1 specimen. It was found adjacent to a distorted 170,000 year old Neanderthal skull called Apidima 2. In the image below you can see how close in proximity the two specimens were discovered.... Continue Reading →

Al Wusta Phalanxes Document Humans Travel East of Africa Earlier

Earlier this year we learned about the Misliya maxilla which pushed our understanding of out of Africa by 50,000 years. Last week, the discovery of a 87,000-year-old human intermediate phalanx (Al Wusta-1 (AW-1)) from the Nefud desert in Saudi Arabia was published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The importance of both discoveries show that modern humans existed outside Africa... Continue Reading →

What Did Humans Eat 780,000 Years Ago?

Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar Ilan University archaeologists have uncovered what humans ate 780,000 years ago from the waterlogged Gesher Benot Ya'aqo site in the northern Jordan Valley in Israel. The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, under a publication titled, "The plant component of an Acheulian diet at Gesher... Continue Reading →

Out of Africa’s Mutational Marks

There are many different processes that alter allele frequencies. The most commonly understood concept is Natural Selection. But others such as drift and Founder effects also play an evolutionary role. This is seen in the Out of Africa model of human evolution. As modern humans branched out of Africa and into footholds in Asia and... Continue Reading →

How was the world peopled?

PLoS Genetics has published a new population genetics paper. It summarizes the order by which the world was peopled through the use of a new statistical model. This has been a big question in anthropology, and has often relied on archaeology, linguistics, and ethnography to supplement the genetic and physical data. I don't mean to... Continue Reading →

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