In 1933, a Chinese man working for the Japanese occupation found an extraordinary skull in the sediments along the banks of the Songhua River near the city of Harbin. Since the Peking Man fossils, found just a few years earlier, were widely celebrated in China, he must have known that the strange-looking skull was something … More The Extraordinary Dragon Man
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