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Image 1 - World’s Earliest Art Studio Uncovered In Cape Town Cave
2011-10-14 05:59:35

[ Watch the Video ] Archaeologists have uncovered two shells near the southern coast of South Africa that contain a primitive paint mixture, revealing what experts believe may be the remnants of the world´s earliest art studio. The 100,000-year-old workshop was likely used to mix and store the reddish pigment ochre, and was unearthed in Blombos Cave near Cape Town.  The scientists had previously found some of the earliest sharp stone tools at this same site, along with...

2011-09-24 07:00:00

An international team of scientists, including researchers from Murdoch University, have just published findings that re-interpret the history of our species' original dispersals across the planet. Using a piece of hair donated by a West Australian Aboriginal man around 100 years ago, the team sequenced an individual's entire DNA code (or genome) to prove that multiple dispersals of early humans populated the world, contrary to the commonly-held single dispersal theory. Perth, Western...

Image 1 - Ancient Humans Settled East Asia In Two Waves, Not One
2011-09-23 08:41:55

   [ Watch The Video ] An international team of researchers have sequenced the genome of an Aboriginal Australian and determine that early humans settled eastern Asia in two waves rather than just one. The study has broad implications for understanding how our human ancestors migrated across the globe. The scientists sequenced the genome of a lock of hair donated to a British anthropologist by an Aboriginal man from the Goldfields region of Western Australia in the early...

2011-09-21 15:20:45

In an intriguing original look at the history of the first Americans, a new study finds evidence that the north-south orientation of the American continents slowed the spread of populations and technology, compared to the east-west axis of Eurasia. The research, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, is part of a special section which explores who the first Americans were and how they were able to settle in the last great unexplored habitat. The research, by Sohini...

2011-09-21 14:52:20

Research at the University of Liverpool has found that periods of rapid fluctuation in temperature coincided with the emergence of the first distant relatives of human beings and the appearance and spread of stone tools. Dr Matt Grove from the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology reconstructed likely responses of human ancestors to the climate of the past five million years using genetic modeling techniques. When results were mapped against the timeline of human evolution, Dr...

2011-09-19 22:04:39

Researchers at Brown University and Stanford University have pieced together ancient human migration in North and South America. Writing in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the authors find that technology spread more slowly in the Americas than in Eurasia. Population groups in the Americas have less frequent exchanges than groups that fanned out over  Europe and Asia. How modern-day humans dispersed on the planet and the pace of civilization-changing technologies that...

Humans Didn’t Often Mate With Neanderthals
2011-09-14 08:56:16

  Modern humans do show some traces of DNA from Neanderthals, but a new study from Swiss researchers suggests that any breeding between the two was a relatively rare event. The new model, based on DNA samples from modern humans in France and China, shows that successful breeding between the two species occurred at a rate of less than 2 percent, according to researchers at the University of Geneva and the University of Berne in Switzerland. The research, published Monday in the...

Image 1 - New Evolutionary Link Between Australopiths And Humans
2011-09-09 10:51:52

  [ View Video] New analysis of two-million-year-old hominid bones found in South Africa provide the clearest evidence of evolution´s first major step toward modern humans, evidence that is leading some experts to believe the findings will change longstanding views on the origins of humans. The well-preserved bones, from Australopithecus sediba, are from a part-human, part-ape species that have never been seen before now. The hands are similar to man, it has sophisticated...

Evolution's Past Is Modern Human's Present
2011-09-08 05:02:13

  Mandenka, Biaka and San tested for DNA evidence of ancient interbreeding inside Africa The past is present when it comes to human evolution. That seems to be the takeaway from new research that concludes "archaic" humans, somewhere in Africa during the last 20-60 thousand years, interbred with anatomically modern humans and transferred small amounts of genetic material to their offspring who are alive today. University of Arizona geneticist Michael Hammer and a team of...

Ancient Humans Interbred With Other Hominin Species
2011-09-06 05:10:50

  A new study finds that our ancestors bred with more archaic hominin forms around 35,000 years ago, before they migrated out of Africa. In fact, up to 2% of the genomes of some modern African populations may originally have come from a closely related species, the researchers said. It is widely accepted that the species Homo sapiens originated in Africa, and eventually spread throughout the world.  However, paleontologists have long wondered whether modern humans came from...


Latest Recent single origin hypothesis Reference Libraries

Neanderthals
2013-10-03 16:03:35

The Neanderthals or Neandertals are an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans. They are known from fossils, dating back from the Pleistocene period, which have been found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The species gets its name from Neandertal, “Neander’s Valley”, the location in Germany where it was first uncovered. Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies of Homo sapiens or as a distinct species of the...

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,...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'