Engare Sero in Northern Tanzania Yield Largest Collection of Prehistoric Human Footprints in Africa

This volcano in East Africa, called Ol Doinyo Lengai, erupted long ago and produced a mudflow that preserved the biggest collection of ancient human footprints (some shown in the foreground) found in Africa so far. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce Just south of Lake Natron, in northern Tanzania is the Engare Sero site which was was originally discovered... Continue Reading →

No, Neanderthals Didn’t Give Us Schizophrenia

Thanks to twin studies, schizophrenia is one of the few mental illnesses that we know have a genetic inheritance pattern. Schizophrenia often presents as a inability to separate reality from non-reality, where patients often experience hallucinations and stimuli that do not exist, such as hearing voices. Just how this deleterious disease came about to be... Continue Reading →

Check Out Fossilized.org

A colleague of mine has developed a new online human fossil record, in the likes of my own database of fossils. The project is Fossilized.org and although it is in beta, it has some remarkable features already. I am particularly impressed with the phylogeny plot view, which offers a chronological color coded map of many important... Continue Reading →

Heard of the East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP)?

Evolutionary Anthropology has just published a news bit introducing a brand new paleonanthropology group, dubbed the East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP). The synopsis is written by Kenyan academic Emma Mbua, Ethiopian academic Zeresenay Alemseged (who now works a stone's throw away, from where I live) and American academic René Bobe from the... Continue Reading →

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