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Refining Dates For The Atapuerca Site Where Homo Antecessor Was Discovered
2014-02-10 09:43:28

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology One of the issues of the Atapuerca sites that generates the most scientific debate is the dating of the strata where the fossils are found. Therefore, researchers at the Spanish National Research Centre for Human Evolution, among others, strive to settle the dates. A study published by the 'Journal of Archaeological Science' has clarified that the sediment of Gran Dolina, where the first remains of Homo antecessor were discovered in...

Scientists Find 800,000-Year-Old Human Footprints On Norfolk Beach
2014-02-07 13:51:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered the oldest human footprints ever found in Europe on a Norfolk beach. Archaeologists, publishing a paper in the journal PLOS ONE, say they found the footprints while working at an excavation site in Happisburgh, UK along the Norfolk coast. The team said the prints consist of about five individuals who lived more than 800,000 years ago. According to the study, these prints provide direct evidence of the...

Fossil Hand Closes Gap Evolutionary Record
2013-12-17 09:07:15

Bryan P. Carpender for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It turns out that humans might have been working their fingers to the bone much earlier than scientists previously thought – half a million years earlier, according to a new study published this week. The recent discovery of a 1.4 million year-old fossil at a dig site in West Turkana, Kenya could be the key to closing a significant gap that exists in the evolutionary record of humans. One characteristic that separates humans...

Dental Analyses Find No Common Ancestor Of Humans, Neanderthals
2013-10-22 07:33:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The search for a common ancestor that links modern humans to the ancient Neanderthals that roamed Europe thousands of years ago is far from over, according to a new study published online this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). An international team of experts, including scholars from George Washington University, the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Austria,...

Researchers Study Earliest Evidence Of Human Hunting And Scavenging
2013-05-11 08:19:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New light has been shed on the diet and food acquisition strategies of some of the earliest human ancestors in Africa, according to a new study led by Baylor University. Early tool making humans, known as Oldowan hominin, started to exhibit a number of physiological and ecological adaptations beginning around two million years ago. These adaptations, including an increase in brain and body size, heavier investment in their...

Answer To Handaxe Mystery Is 'Trust'
2012-11-21 13:18:45

University of York Trust rather than lust is at the heart of the attention to detail and finely made form of handaxes from around 1.7 million years ago, according to a University of York researcher. Dr Penny Spikins, from the Department of Archaeology, suggests a desire to prove their trustworthiness, rather than a need to demonstrate their physical fitness as a mate, was the driving force behind the fine crafting of handaxes by Homo erectus/ergaster in the Lower Palaeolithic period....

Spear Tips Were Used A Half Million Years Ago
2012-11-16 06:26:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of anthropologists, led by the University of Toronto, has found evidence that human ancestors used stone tipped weapons for hunting 500,000 years ago. This is 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to the new study published in Science. "This changes the way we think about early human adaptations and capacities before the origin of our own species," says Jayne Wilkins, a PhD candidate in the Department of...

2010-11-04 13:43:44

Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought, according to a new study that investigates why it took early humans almost two million years to move from razor-sharp stones to a hand-held stone axe. Researchers used computer modelling and tiny sensors embedded in...