Many cultures existed in Europe about 40-45,000 years ago. About 42,000 years ago, in southern Europe, the Protoaurignacian developed and the culture that followed marked a turning point in modern humanity. They made the earliest instruments, the earliest art, and possibly the first representation of a human figure. It has been hard to conclusively prove that the Protoaurignacians... Continue Reading →

A Faster Rate of Dental Development in the Scladina Neandertal

I have been really anticipating the following study. The first press releases came out in March and in October, I introduced it here. It seems like the paper is finally ready to be published, but we still gotta wait until PNAS puts it up on their early edition section. It should be soon but I... Continue Reading →

Synchrotron Microtomography Analysis of Human vs. Neanderthal Tooth Development

In an upcoming publication in the Journal of Human Evolution will be an interesting study that should get all y'all dental anthropology buffs excited. It comes from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The study will use synchrotron microtomography, a form of visualization that was developed bypaleontologist Paul Tafforeau.... Continue Reading →

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