Paleoanthropology

Just out | Island Rule, quantitative genetics and brain–body size evolution in Homo floresiensis @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Just out @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B Island Rule, quantitative genetics and brain–body size evolution in Homo floresiensis Author(s) José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho, Pasquale Raia Abstract: Colonization of islands often activate a complex chain of adaptive events that, over a relatively short evolutionary time, may drive strong shifts in body size, a pattern known as the Island Rule. It is arguably difficult to perform a direct analysis of the natural selection forces behind

Just out | Bone staining in waterlogged deposits: a preliminary contribution to the interpretation of near-shore find accumulation at the Schöningen 13II-4 ‘Spear-Horizon’ site, Lower Saxony, Germany @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology Bone staining in waterlogged deposits: a preliminary contribution to the interpretation of near-shore find accumulation at the Schöningen 13II-4 ‘Spear-Horizon’ site, Lower Saxony, Germany Author(s) Elaine Turner, Jarod Hutson, Aritza Villaluenga, Alejandro García Moreno & Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser Abstract: The Schöningen 13II-4 ‘Spear Horizon’ site is famous for the excellent preservation of 300,000-year-old Palaeolithic hunting weapons, including nine wooden spears and a lance, deposited on the shores

Just out | The age of the hominin fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the origins of the Middle Stone Age @ Nature

Just out @ Nature The age of the hominin fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the origins of the Middle Stone Age Author(s) Daniel Richter, Rainer Grün, Renaud Joannes-Boyau, Teresa E. Steele, Fethi Amani, Mathieu Rué, Paul Fernandes, Jean-Paul Raynal, Denis Geraads, Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer, Jean-Jacques Hublin & Shannon P. McPherron Abstract: The timing and location of the emergence of our species and of associated behavioural changes are crucial for our understanding

Just out | New fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco and the pan-African origin of Homo sapiens @ Nature

Just out @ Nature New fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco and the pan-African origin of Homo sapiens Author(s) Jean-Jacques Hublin, Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer, Shara E. Bailey, Sarah E. Freidline, Simon Neubauer, Matthew M. Skinner, Inga Bergmann, Adeline Le Cabec, Stefano Benazzi, Katerina Harvati & Philipp Gunz Abstract: Fossil evidence points to an African origin of Homo sapiens from a group called either H. heidelbergensis or H. rhodesiensis. However, the exact place and

On the News | Moroccan fossils shake up understanding of human origins @ Reuters

On the News @ Reuters Title:  Moroccan fossils shake up understanding of human origins Will Dunham Excerpt: “The understanding of human origins was turned on its head on Wednesday with the announcement of the discovery of fossils unearthed on a Moroccan hillside that are about 100,000 years older than any other known remains of our species, Homo sapiens. Scientists determined that skulls, limb bones and teeth representing at least five individuals

Just out | Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis @ PNAS

Just out @ PNAS Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis Author(s) Carol V. Ward, Thierra K. Nalley, Fred Spoor, Paul Tafforeau, and Zeresenay Alemseged Abstract: The evolution of the human pattern of axial segmentation has been the focus of considerable discussion in paleoanthropology. Although several complete lumbar vertebral columns are known for early hominins, to date, no complete cervical or thoracic series has been recovered. Several partial skeletons

On the News | Earliest human impact on geological processes took place 11,500 years ago @ EurekAlert!

On the News @ EurekAlert! Title:  Earliest human impact on geological processes took place 11,500 years ago Excerpt: “The vast majority of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century have been due to human activities. A new Tel Aviv University study has uncovered the earliest known geological indications of manmade climate change from 11,500 years ago. Within a core sample retrieved from the Dead Sea, researchers discovered basin-wide

Just out | Reviewing the upper Pleistocene human footprints from the ‘Sala dei Misteri’ in the Grotta della Bàsura (Toirano, northern Italy) cave: An integrated morphometric and morpho-classificatory approach @ Quaternary Science Reviews

Just out @ Quaternary Science Reviews Reviewing the upper Pleistocene human footprints from the ‘Sala dei Misteri’ in the Grotta della Bàsura (Toirano, northern Italy) cave: An integrated morphometric and morpho-classificatory approach Author(s) Paolo Citton, Marco Romano, Isabella Salvador, Marco Avanzini Abstract: About thirty human footprints made approximately 12,000 years B.P. inside the ‘Sala dei Misteri’ Cave of Básura near Toirano, Liguria, northern Italy, were studied by standard ichnological analysis. Eleven of the

On the News | South Africa | Biggest exhibit of human-like fossils goes on display in South Africa @ Reuters

On the News @ Reuters Title:  Biggest exhibit of human-like fossils goes on display in South Africa Ed Stoddard Excerpt: “An exhibit of the largest collection of fossils of close human relatives ever to go on public display opened on Thursday in South Africa, not far from the caves where they were unearthed. Launched on “Africa Day” in an area named “The Cradle of Humankind,” the exhibit coincides with the publication

Just out | Plant use at the end of the Upper Palaeolithic: archaeobotanical remains from Cova de les Cendres (Teulada-Moraira, Alicante, Spain) @ Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

Just out @ Vegetation History and Archaeobotany Plant use at the end of the Upper Palaeolithic: archaeobotanical remains from Cova de les Cendres (Teulada-Moraira, Alicante, Spain) Author(s) Carmen María Martínez Varea, Ernestina Badal García Abstract: The use and consumption of plant resources by Palaeolithic hunter-gatherer societies has traditionally been overlooked by researchers. Nevertheless, recent studies have started to point out the significant role of these resources in hunter-gatherer economies. This paper presents the results of