We often think of chimps as a bit dim, yet there are some tasks in which they prove our intellectual superior. Researchers have found one where not only do they beat humans but give computers a run for their money.
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…
Homo habilis could be one of the most important members of the human family, but we don’t have much data on it. Virtual anthropologists are helping us gather more by reconstructing damaged skulls inside computers
Lies are often thought of as bad, yet research suggests they might sometimes be good!