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Ancient Skull Of Human Ancestor Implies All Homo Species Were One
2013-10-18 06:36:29

[ Watch the Video: Ancient Homo Species Were Merely Variations On A Theme ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An analysis of a 1.8 million-year-old human skull suggests that the earliest members of our Homo genus actually belonged to a single species, a finding that contradics previous beliefs that there were several different human species walking the Earth during that time. The fossil, which was unearthed in Dmanisi, Georgia, is the first complete skull of an...

Evidence Suggests Recycling May Have Started With Early Hominids
2013-10-12 08:28:18

[ Watch the Video: Recycling Was In For Early Man ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Despite the general perception that recycling is a fairly modern phenomenon, there is growing evidence it dates back to the days of the early hominids, researchers said this week during a four-day conference at Tel Aviv University in Israel. “For the first time we are revealing the extent of this phenomenon, both in terms of the amount of recycling that went on and the...

Genetic Evidence How Man Migrated To Europe
2013-08-12 14:47:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humans emerged en masse from Africa thousands of years ago, but scientists still aren’t sure about the exact routes they took as they set out to populate the planet. According to a new DNA analysis from an international team of researchers, human expansion most likely occurred after the Last Glacial Maximum, between 26,500 and 19,000 years ago, and the Neolithic Era, approximately 12,000 years ago. The researchers reached their...

2013-08-05 23:00:40

CU Denver Anthropology Students Enjoy 'Dream Come True,' Attempt to Find More Historic Hominid Footprints NORTHERN TANZANIA (PRWEB) August 05, 2013 Early light spills across the vast grassland that, for centuries, has been walked only by animals and nomadic Masai tribes. The only sound and movement comes courtesy of modern man. Several trucks boil dust as they rumble over the savannah. A string of mysterious footprints in a geologic layer has drawn nine University of Colorado...

New Genetic Advances Ties Living Natives To Ancient Remains
2013-07-04 09:26:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When Europeans began to colonize the Americas, male settlers sporadically began having children with native females. This mixing of bloodlines would have made tracing today's native ancestries difficult several years ago, but new advances in the sequencing of mitochondrial DNA have allowed researchers to draw a direct line between someone living today and Native American remains thousands of years old. According to a new report in...

Mesolithic Human Travelers Brought Snails To Ireland
2013-06-20 10:45:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous studies have suggested that the islands of Great Britain and Northern Ireland began to separate from the European mainland around 10,000 years ago, with a massive tsunami completing the process about 8,000 years ago. Any land animals to naturally migrate to the two islands would have to have made the trip before this separation. With this set of circumstances in mind, scientists have long wondered why Ireland has some plants...

Humans Left Africa Later Than Thought
2013-06-12 08:51:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Modern humans did not leave Africa prior to the massive eruption of Sumatra´s volcano Mount Toba 74,000 years ago, according to a new study appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rather, Professor Martin Richards of the University of Huddersfield and colleagues have concluded that genetic evidence supports the belief that they departed for Asia approximately 60,000 years ago. Their findings...

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...

Early Man Ate Gazelle Brains
2013-05-06 12:11:09

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study has once again shown that our human ancestors had no qualms about eating every part of their prey, including the brains. After uncovering fossils in Kenya, anthropologist Joseph Ferraro of Baylor University and his colleagues discovered that the earliest humans living in East Africa had a taste for multiple parts of the antelope. These early humans would even scavenge the leftovers of larger predators and finish...

Scientists Use DNA To Study Ancient European History
2013-04-23 18:42:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers wrote in the journal Nature Communications they have reconstructed the genetic history of modern Europe. The team was composed of scientists from the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), the University of Mainz in Germany and the National Geographic Society´s Genographic Project. They used DNA extracted from bone and teeth samples from prehistoric human skeletons to sequence a group...


Latest Prehistoric Africa Reference Libraries

Australopithecus garhi
2013-11-29 11:38:51

Australopithecus garhi is a gracile australopithecine species whose fossils were discovered in 1996 by a research team led by Ethiopian paleontologist Berhane Asfaw ad Tim White, an American paleontologist. The remains are believed to be a human ancestor species and most likely the direct ancestor to the human genus Homo. Tim White was the scientist to find the first of the key A. garhi fossils in 1996 within the Bouri Formation found in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression....

Homo sapiens
2013-09-24 13:55:52

Homo sapiens is the scientific name for the human species. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and various other extinct species of hominid. H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo. Modern humans are the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, distinguished from their direct ancestor, Homo sapiens idaltu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens_idaltu). Subspecies of H. sapiens include Homo sapiens idaltu, roughly translated as “elder wise human” and...

Homo sapiens idaltu
2013-09-24 12:20:45

Homo sapiens idaltu is an extinct subspecies of Homo sapiens that lived nearly 160,000 years ago during the Pleistocene in Africa. “Idaltu” comes from the Saho-Afar word meaning “elder” or “first born”. The fossilized remains of H. s. idaltu were uncovered at Herto Bouri near the Middle Awash site of Ethiopia’s Afar Triangle in the year 1997 by Tim White, but were first revealed in 2003. Herto Bouri is a portion of Ethiopia under volcanic layers. By using radioisotope dating,...

Homo floresiensis
2013-09-16 13:06:40

Homo floresiensis Homo floresiensis, or Flores Man, nicknamed “hobbit” and “Flow”, is an extinct species in the genus Homo. The remains of an individual that would have stood about 3 feet in height were uncovered in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Incomplete skeletons of nine individuals have been recovered, including one complete cranium. These remains have been the focus of intense research to establish whether they represent a species distinctive from modern humans....

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