A cord of three strands

…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


The recent discovery of the Denisovan Xiahe mandible brings to mind the question of how the Denisovans compare to other hominin fossils.  In this image, we have replicas of six different hominin jaws to scale, and we can begin exploring the similarity and diversity of these ancient fossils. The Xiahe mandible appears bottom center with … More JAWS!

Denisovans step out of the shadows …very slightly

In 2010, an international team of scientists announced a remarkable discovery from Denisova Cave in Siberia.  A tiny fragment of a finger bone revealed DNA that was distinct from modern humans and from ancient Neandertal DNA.  Further research revealed a handful of other fossils, mostly just teeth.  The genome of these “Denisovans” matched sequences found mostly … More Denisovans step out of the shadows …very slightly