Early fire, prehistoric colonists and baffled scientists – Human evolution weekly update (8/12/14)

Early fire, prehistoric colonists and baffled scientists. It’s this week in human evolution!

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When did throwing evolve?

Throwing stuff is kind of a big deal; whether it’s spears at prey or balls at the other team. How far back can this key human behaviour be traced?

Can we predict cultural change?

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. But why wasn’t there a Native American explorer sailing in the opposite direction? Researchers have been trying to explain such cultural differences between groups for decades, but have they been barking up the wrong tree?