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15 Sep 2015

Cave of the Angel: Discoveries of a half a million year old Spanish Cave

On the 1st of September 2015, archaeologist, Cecilio Barroso sat before local spanish press at Lucena City Hall to announce the latest discoveries made at a cave in the outskirts of the small town in southern Spain.

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28 Aug 2015

The secret of a 1.84 million year old finger bone

The Oldupai Gorge, the most famous gash in the earth of northern Tanzania. First discovered in 1911, this gorge became the backdrop for some of the most iconic hominin discoveries.

13 Jan 2015

The Oldest Chinese Bone Acheulean Handaxe Has Been Found

The municipality of Chongqing, southwestern China appears to have been a very active area archaeological and zoologically, during the Pleistocene.

21 Nov 2013

Israeli Homo neanderthalensis: 70,000 Years Of Human Occupation?

Homo neanderthalensis is a hominin that most of you would be familiar with

19 Aug 2013

The Jurassic Squirrel – Megaconus mammaliaformis

The picture you conjure up when you hear Middle Jurassic, is one dominated by Dinosaurs, particularly the Tyrannosaurus rex. This is a considerable misconception, since the “Tyrant Lizard King” lived at the end of the Cretaceous about 100 million years later than the Middle Jurassic.

23 Jul 2013

The Archaeology of Morphine – Michael Jackson’s Darkest Hours

Morphine is one of the most famous drugs in the world and has brought to an end, the lives of some of the most famous people on the planet. Morphine abuse is news nearly every day of the year throughout the world. Written by Charles T. G. Clarke

12 Feb 2013

Paranthropus – Our “near human” Cousin

Most palaeoanthropologists consider the robust australopithecines to be an offshoot of the gracile australopithecines and most are in agreement that the former deserve a separate genus – Paranthropus. This is currently up for debate because we now realise that there could be more to hominin evolution on the African continent than the fossil record is leading us to believe.

31 Jan 2013

A Fossil Fox With A Difference

The palaeoanthropological community got excited with the discovery of new hominin fossils at the site of Malapa, in South Africa, over two years ago.

Petralona skull covered by stalagmite
29 Aug 2012

The Greek Crisis: Palaeoanthropology and Archaeology

Greece has been in the grip of a financial crisis for the last few years now and Greek heritage sites are hit the worst. There is however, an unseen, less well known crisis and it involves Greek palaeoanthropology – the study of hominin evolution. It is not so much a crisis as a metaphorical drought of artefacts and fossil evidence, which remains the best way to understand human evolution in Greece.

Dryopithecus brancoi cranium and mandibl
13 Aug 2012

Kenyan Miocene Ape could be our ancesters

A team of palaeontologists have found evidence linking a fossil primate to modern day hominoids (known colloquially as apes).

Fossil cranium of SK Swartkrans number 48 Wiki Commons
06 Jun 2012

New Paranthropus Fossils Revealed

A South African cave has revealed 14 new fossils for palaeoanthropological analysis which are discussed by Pickering et al (2012) published in the Journal of Human Evolution.

“Creeping Hyena” Atlatl, La Madaleine Rockshelter - Wiki Commons
17 Mar 2012

Ethiopian Hyena’s scavenged over 2 Million Years Ago

Scientists have concluded that Hominins were not responsible for the animals that died at a 2 million year old site. Thanks to the nature of the bone breakage common in the assemblage.