Crocodile

Crocodiles, not Lucy, Butchered Bones

Crocodiles, not Lucy, butchered bones, according to Science (AAAS) News and PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716317114, published online 6 November 2017. In 2010 anthropologists claimed that marks on bones found in the Afar region in Ethiopia were the earliest evidence of human ancestors using stone tools to butcher animals. The bones were dated as 3.4 million years, […]

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Neanderthal Family

Neanderthals Grew Like Us

Neanderthals grew like us, according to articles in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 21 September 2017, and Science vol. 357, pp. 1282-1287 doi: 10.1126/science.aan6463, 22 September 2017. A team of scientists led by A. Rosas at Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain, have studied the partial skeleton […]

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Tiny Teeth Tell of Hobbit Evolution

Tiny teeth tell of hobbit evolution, according to a report in New Scientist 6 March 2013. The Hobbit, is the nickname given to an extinct species named Homo floresiensis that is claimed to be a dwarf human by some anthropologists. However, its teeth and brain size are disproportionally small for a typical human dwarf. So […]

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Stone Tools Increase Hobbit Age

Stone tools increase Hobbit age, according to reports in ScienceNOW 17 March 2010 and ABC (Australia) News in Science 18 March 2010. In 2004 the bones of a creature nicknamed the Hobbit were found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. Even though it had a chimp sized brain and ape-like body size […]

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Sophisticated, Fearless Neanderthals

Sophisticated, fearless Neanderthals described in an article in AlphaGalileo and ScienceDaily 14 May 2009. Neanderthals are usually portrayed as brutish muscle men who were unable to compete with smarter modern men in the struggle for existence. Gerrit Dusseldorp of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has analysed archaeological sites of Neanderthals and concluded they were […]

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Smart Neanderthals Had Feelings

Smart Neanderthals had feelings, according to articles in ScienceDaily21 September 2010 and Fossil Science 23 September 2010 and 6 October 2010. Anthropologist Julien Riel-Salvatore of UC Denver has challenged the idea that Neanderthals were “thick-skulled, primitive ‘cavemen’ overrun and out-competed by more advanced modern humans arriving in Europe from Africa”. Riel-Salvatore has spent seven years […]

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Six Teeth

Six Teeth discovered by Yohannes Haile-Selassie, in the middle Awash valley of the Afar region of Ethiopia (Africa) were dated at approximately 6 million years. Scientists argue that the teeth belonged to earliest known human ancestors and that they elevate a creature named Ardipithecus ramidus kadabba to its own species: Ardipithecus Kadabba, which supposedly lived […]

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Shakespeare’s Monkeys

Shakespeare’s Monkeys. The idea that monkeys typing at random could eventually produce the works of Shakespeare by random typing was put the test by researchers at Plymouth University in England, as reported by Associated Press May 9, 2003. They found that six monkeys left with a computer for one month, attacked the machine and failed […]

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Sediba Update

Sediba update, reported in BBC News, ScienceDaily and New Scientist 8 September 2011. In April 2010 we reported on the finding of fossils named Australopithecus sediba This creature was promoted as the best candidate for an ape that was in the process of evolving into a human. More details about the fossils have now been […]

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Robust Skulls for Crab Crunching

Robust skulls for crab crunching, according to a report in New Scientist, 29 October 2005, p15. Robust Australopithecines are a group of extinct “hominids” that have large jaws, robust teeth with thick enamelled and large crests on their skulls that indicate they had powerful chewing muscles. Their scientific name is Paranthropus. It was believed these […]

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