Last month some researchers claimed the hobbit was actually a human with Down syndrome. Turns out there’s actually a fair bit of controversy surrounding the publication of this paper.
A new study claims to have finally settled the debate on what Homo floresiensis (also called the hobbit) was: it was a human with Down syndrome. However, I think this research suffers from a pretty major flaw
New research has revealed primates have the ability to recognise their relatives, even when they’ve never met them before. This could help them reap the benefits of kin selection and avoid inbreeding.
A summary of this weeks discoveries about human evolution (including research from before this week, as I have a backlog). Including the oldest evidence of violence in the Middle East, a fossil with scoliosis and much more
Courtship feeding is building a relationship by sharing food. It’s common in the animal kingdom, but does it work in humans? New research suggests it does, which I use as an excuse to criticse evolutionary psychology (again)
Mammoths – along with more than a hundred other species of giant mammal – went extinct ~10,000 years ago. Were humans to blame, or was it the ice age that killed them off? The answer might not be what you expect.
Atapuerca is an extremely important Spanish archaeological site, marking one of the first places in Europe our family migrated 1.2 million years ago. There, they flourished for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s also a site riddled with mystery. Many of the fossils look like they’re evolving into Neanderthals, yet their teeth don’t match this…
Earlier this year I wrote about how the large creationist organisations, like the Institute for Creation Research and Answers in Genesis, tend to present a distorted view of human fossils; downplaying the size and scope of the evidence for human evolution. The National Centre for Science Education (NCSE) – an excellent organisation that fights creationism in American public schools…