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Skull From Czech Cave May Contain Oldest Modern Human Genome

A genome sequenced from a modern human skull has been dated at approximately 45,000 years old, making it the oldest discovery of its kind. It’s a significant archaeological discovery, but the use of an unconventional dating method leaves the result in doubt. In a related study, scientists also show that intermixing…Read more...
Tags: Science, Archaeology, Neanderthals, Stone Age, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Paleolithic, Upper Paleolithic, Specimen, Neanderthal, Cosimo Posth, Ishim, Israel Hershkovitz, Hershkovitz, Bacho Kiro, Middle Stone Age, Early Modern Human

Researchers May Have Found True Identity of Ancient 'Hobbit' Species

Anthropologists know of at least two ancient species of tiny humans that lived on the islands of southeast Asia over 50,000 years ago. The origin of these extinct humans is unknown, but new research suggests they’re more closely related to Denisovans and Neanderthals—and, by consequence, modern humans—than previously…Read more...
Tags: Asia, Science, George, Joao Teixeira, Homo, Paleolithic, Upper Paleolithic, Human Evolution, Neanderthal, Denisovan, Pleistocene, Chris Stringer, Quaternary, Early Modern Human, H Erectus, Prehistoric Indonesia

Did Neanderthals Have the Capacity for Verbal Language?

The Neanderthal of popular imagination is a hideous, ape-like being, lumbering around with his or her crude spear. Rarely do we picture this person, or pre-person, engaged in any kind of conversation, beyond the occasional grunt-off over a spoiled piece of meat. But—depending on which archaeologist/linguist you happen…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Human Behavior, Paleolithic, Upper Paleolithic, Human Evolution, Neanderthal, Pleistocene, Homo heidelbergensis, Branches Of Biology, Stone Age Europe, Early Modern Human, Hyoid Bone

More Evidence That Neanderthals Were ‘Absorbed’ by Humans, Not Wiped Out

Prehistoric teeth found over 100 years ago are some of the best evidence yet for hybridized communities of Neanderthals and modern humans.Read more...
Tags: Science, Stone Age, Paleolithic, Upper Paleolithic, Human Evolution, Neanderthal, Pleistocene, Archaic Humans, War_conflict, Middle Stone Age, Stone Age Europe, Early Modern Human, Interbreeding Between Archaic And Modern Humans, Multiregional Origin Of Modern Humans

Sexiest museums in the world

It’s hard to sell museums as sexy. Educational? Check. Romantic? Sure. They make great date spots. But nobody’s lining up outside the Louvre with their significant other to get in the mood. There are select museums that do fit the description, however, showcasing adult-themed art and artifacts that are as steamy as they are informative. From erotic antiques to vintage pornography, here’s what’s on offer at the 11 sexiest museums in the world. 1. Museum of Sex — New York City, New York Phot...
Tags: Travel, Asia, India, New York City, Africa, Americas, Museums, Miami, Iceland, Louvre, Pompeii, All, Picasso, Moma, Seoul South Korea, Barcelona Spain

Ancient genomes show social and reproductive behavior of early Upper Paleolithic foragers

Present-day hunter-gatherers (HGs) live in multilevel social groups essential to sustain a population structure characterized by limited levels of within-band relatedness and inbreeding. When these wider social networks evolved among HGs is unknown. To investigate whether the contemporary HG strategy was already present in the Upper Paleolithic, we used complete genome sequences from Sunghir, a site dated to ~34,000 years before the present, containing multiple anatomically modern human individu...
Tags: Science, Upper Paleolithic, Sunghir

The Monuments Men of Libya

True heroes, generous hearts: these are the Libyan archaeologists who, with Daesh at their heels, have accomplished the feat of completing the excavation of the Haua Fteah cave in Cyrenaica, one of the most important prehistoric sites of all Africa. When, in 2013, the team of international researchers involved at the site was forced to suspend work, nine Libyan archeologists - two women and seven men - successfully completed the excavation by themselves, securing its secrets for posterity....
Tags: US, Libya, Benghazi, Gaddafi, University of Cambridge, Mediterranean, North Africa, Daesh, Creative Commons Attribution, Chris Stevens, Ahmad, Saad, Giulio Lucarini, Charles McBurney, Graeme Barker, Haua Fteah

Symbols and Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate (TEDxWHU)

[Note: This is (roughly) the text of a talk I delivered at TEDxWHU on the 4th February 2017. A video of the talk should be available within a few weeks.] There is a cave about 350km from here, in the Swabian Jura. It is called the Hohle Fels (this picture is the entrance to it). Archaeologists have been excavating it since the late 1800s and have discovered a number of important artifacts from the Upper Paleolithic era. In June 2005, they announced an interesting discovery. [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Future, Upper Paleolithic, Swabian Jura, Hohle Fels

Proteomic evidence for Chatelperronian hominins [Anthropology]

In Western Europe, the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition is associated with the disappearance of Neandertals and the spread of anatomically modern humans (AMHs). Current chronological, behavioral, and biological models of this transitional period hinge on the Châtelperronian technocomplex. At the site of the Grotte du Renne, Arcy-sur-Cure, morphological Neandertal...
Tags: Western Europe, Upper Paleolithic

Satirist Paul Thomas mixes fiction with facts in An Unreliable History of Tattoos

See sample pages from this book at Wink. An Unreliable History of Tattoos by Paul Thomas Nobrow Press 2016, 96 pages, 7.9 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches (hardcover) $3 Buy a copy on Amazon A minor celebrity/reality star, whose name I can’t remember, said in a recent interview that she thinks of people without tattoos as being “unicorns” because they are so rare. It’s true that today tattoos are much more popular than when I was a kid. In my day, only sailors or criminals had dye permanently etched ...
Tags: Amazon, Post, News, Obama, History, Tattoos, Edith, Thomas, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth, Mickey Mouse, Adam, Charles II, Paul Thomas, Upper Paleolithic

New Levantine dates for modern human dispersal [Anthropology]

Modern human dispersal into Europe is thought to have occurred with the start of the Upper Paleolithic around 50,000–40,000 y ago. The Levantine corridor hypothesis suggests that modern humans from Africa spread into Europe via the Levant. Ksâr ‘Akil (Lebanon), with its deeply stratified Initial (IUP) and Early (EUP) Upper...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Upper Paleolithic, Levant Ksâr ` Akil Lebanon, Initial IUP