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Neanderthals Were Not Inferior To Modern Man, Claims A New Study
2014-05-01 05:22:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neanderthals were not actually intellectually inferior to humans, and may have been wiped out not because they were dim-witted, but because of inbreeding with modern man, according to research published in the April 30 edition of the journal PLOS One. Neanderthals, which thrived in Eurasia for over 300,000 years, disappeared approximately 40,000 years ago. Many commonly-held theories blame their inferiority to modern humans in...

Iberian Peninsula Was Not Shared By Neanderthals And Cro-Magnon Man
2014-04-14 14:35:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous research has placed both Neanderthals and modern humans, in the form of Cro-Magnons, in the Iberian Peninsula at the same time, around 40 thousand years ago. However, a new study using more modern techniques has shown that these two humanoid species never lived together on the Iberian Peninsula – unlike parts of the Middle East where evidence has shown that Neanderthals and Homo sapiens lived side-by-side and interbred....

America's Short-Lived Clovis People Genetically Mapped For First Time
2014-02-13 07:42:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Clovis people lived in America around 13,000 years ago. They hunted mammoth, mastodons and giant bison with big spears. Though they were not the first humans in America, they did represent the first humans with a wide expansion on the North American continent. That is, until the culture mysteriously disappeared only a few hundred years after it emerged. Who the Clovis people were, and what present day humans they are related to...

Neanderthals Organized Their homes
2013-12-03 12:48:13

[ Watch the Video: Clean Your Room, Neanderthal! ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Neanderthals possessed organizational skills similar to modern humans, showing yet another similarity between us and our ancient cousins. Researchers writing in the Canadian Journal of Archaeology say they found that Neanderthals organized their living spaces in ways similar to modern humans. They say that the sub-species of Homo sapiens butchered animals, made tools and gathered around...

2012-11-29 12:40:51

The origin and dispersal of modern humans and modern human behavior are key interests in Paleolithic archaeology and anthropology. Engraved objects are usually seen as a hallmark of cognition and symbolism, which are viewed as important features of modern human behavior. In recent years, engraved ochre, bones and ostrich eggs unearthed from various Paleolithic sites in Africa, the Near East and Europe have attracted the attention of many scholars. However, such items are rarely...

Later Stone Age Emerged Earlier In South Africa
2012-07-31 06:01:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two recent articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that the Later Stone Age (LSA) and Modern Culture both emerged much earlier than was previously thought. A team of international scientists from South Africa, France, Italy, Norway, the USA and Britain dated and directly analyzed organic objects found in the archaeological layers at Border Cave, South Africa in the Lebombo Mountains near the border of...

Could Neanderthals Have Been the First Cave Artists?
2012-06-15 07:10:15

By using a new cutting-edge dating technique, researchers have discovered that the practice of painting cave art started as early as 40,000 years ago, or 10,000 years earlier than previously believed. A team of British, Spanish and Portuguese researchers, led by Dr. Alistair Pike of the University of Bristol, investigated some 50 paintings in 11 different caves in northern Spain. Since the paintings had no organic pigment, they could not use radiocarbon dating to determine their age, so...

World's Oldest Musical Instruments Discovered
2012-05-27 04:54:32

According to a new paper published in the latest edition of the Journal of Human Evolution, researchers from Germany and the UK claim that they have identified the oldest known musical instruments on Earth. The research, conducted by experts from Oxford University and Tuebingen University, used carbon dating to discover that flutes crafted from the bones of birds and ivory from mammoth tusks were from between 42,000 and 43,000 years old, BBC News reported on Friday. The flutes, which...

Anthropologists Discover World’s Earliest Known Wall Art
2012-05-15 06:03:03

Numerous engraved and painted images of female sex organs, animals and geometric figures discovered in southern France are believed to be the world´s earliest known cave art. Radiocarbon dating of the engravings, found on a 1.5 metric ton block of limestone in Chauvet Cave in southeastern France, revealed that the art was created some 37,000 years ago. The cave resides near the areas of Abri Castanet and Abri Blanchard - where some of the oldest examples of mankind living in...

Ice Age Hominins And Their Adaptability To Climate Change
2011-11-17 10:07:33

Complex computational modeling provides clues to Neanderthal extinction Computational modeling that examines evidence of how hominin groups evolved culturally and biologically in response to climate change during the last Ice Age also bears new insights into the extinction of Neanderthals. Details of the complex modeling experiments conducted at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado Denver will be published in the December issue of the journal Human Ecology, available...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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