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Links 1 through 10 of 36 by Michelle Merrill tagged anthropology+paleoanthropology+hominin

Size and proportion of handprint "signatures" of artists are predominantly those of women.

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Famous paleoanthropolgist and director of the UC Berkeley Human Evolution Research Center on Science Friday.

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South African fossil hominin dated 1.977-1.98Mya. "The site of Malapa, South Africa, has yielded perhaps the richest assemblage of early hominin fossils on the continent of Africa. The fossil remains of Au. sediba were discovered in August of 2008, and the species was named in 2010..." Fossils have an unusual combination of traits, including an apparently unique bipedal gait, upper-limb climbing adaptations, and some facial features that more closely resemble our own genus.

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Blog discussion of some fairly complete skeletons from South Africa, dated to just less than 2 Mya, and what they do and don't tell us about the origins of genus Homo. This is Wong's response to the publication 12 April 2013 in Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/site/extra/sediba/index.xhtml).

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Review of ‘Complex Topography and Human Evolution: the Missing Link’ ..."Dr Isabelle Winder, from the Department of Archaeology at York and one of the paper's authors, said: "Our research shows that bipedalism may have developed as a response to the terrain, rather than a response to climatically-driven vegetation changes. "The broken, disrupted terrain offered benefits for hominins in terms of security and food, but it also proved a motivation to improve their locomotor skills by climbing, balancing, scrambling and moving swiftly over broken ground -- types of movement encouraging a more upright gait."

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Brief article on the loss of the original "Peking Man" fossil (Homo erectus) during WWII.

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Some cave art in Europe may pre-date the arrival of Homo sapiens, suggesting that Neandertals were the artists. This article discusses the debate over the complexity of Neandertal culture and symbol use.

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Includes info on the Neanderthal genome: "Shared DNA reveals a deep connection with our long-vanished human cousins. Aired January 9, 2013 on PBS"

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Estimates of brain size for Homo floresiensis have now gone up from 400cc to 426cc, making it more plausible that they descended from H. erectus and experienced island dwarfism.

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TED talk by a member of the world's foremost hominin-fossil-hunting family.

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