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.
The palaeoanthropological community got excited with the discovery of new hominin fossils at the site of Malapa, in South Africa, over two years ago.
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.
A team of palaeontologists have found evidence linking a fossil primate to modern day hominoids (known colloquially as apes).
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.
New information has come to light recently from the cave of Sibudu, in South Africa. The remains of hearths were uncovered by a team of archaeologists led by Lyn Wadley, an honorary professor in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Aspects of the excavation results are discussed in a paper in the journal Quaternary International.
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.