Almost twenty years ago, a team of scientists led by a French researcher published their description of a new fossil that they called Sahelanthropus. It was found in Chad, at a site in the southern Sahara known as Toros-Menalla. The big news was the skull, which we know always gets people excited. It was highly … More The Mysterious Missing Femur
The peopling of the Americas is not a topic I address often here at Human Genesis, but every now and then, new data come to light that draws my attention. Three weeks ago, Nature published a report from Ciprian Ardelean and a team of 27 other colleagues that presented a new cache of stone tools … More Earliest Americans in a Mexican cave?
A couple years back, my wife and I visited the beach, and I began to observe the quick erosion of footprints in the surf (because that’s what I do on the beach, that’s why). Even the clearest prints were washed away in minutes as the surf kept pounding the sand. It reminded me how ephemeral … More Tracking Hominins in the Great Rift Valley
…a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecc. 4:12) How smart is a Neandertal? During the first half of the twentieth century, artists and experts emphasized an animalistic depiction, with pictures that practically equated them with gorillas. Excavations at Shanidar, in Iraq, did a lot to change that public perception. There, anthropologist Ralph Solecki and … More A cord of three strands
From now to March 22, visitors to the Perot Museum in Dallas have the opportunity to see something exceedingly rare in the United States: Two hominin skeletons from South Africa. By a special arrangement with Wits University in Johannesburg, the remains of MH-1 (Australopithecus sediba) and LES1 (Homo naledi) are on display in a special … More Visiting the hominins in Dallas
In 2012, a team of French researchers began systematic excavation of a known Neandertal site in the coastal community of Le Rozel. The site had been studied previously and known primarily as an occupation, a place where the remains of a hearth, stone tools, and animal bones had been excavated. Someone spent time here making … More On the trail of Neandertals!