Category: Anthropology/Paleontology

Skull spurs brain size debate

Skull spurs brain size debate

Via Daily News A three-million-year-old child’s skull uncovered in South Africa has no signs of the kind of soft spot seen in human children with larger brains, according to a new study. The findings are the latest contribution to long-running debate over whether the Taung Child fossil may have represented the earliest signs of a fusing skull. Babies today are […]

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Farmers unearth 60,000-year-old MAMMOTH in family gravel pit

Farmers unearth 60,000-year-old MAMMOTH in family gravel pit

Via Daily Mail A family were left stunned when they discovered the skeleton on a 60,000-year-old mammoth in their firm’s gravel pit. The almost complete set of pristine fossils were uncovered in May when Marty McEwen and his grandson Ethan Beasley were digging at the family business in Texas. After Mr McEwen hit a 6ft-long (1.8m) tusk with an excavator, the […]

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Was Neanderthal shot by a time traveller?

Was Neanderthal shot by a time traveller?

Via Shields Gazette One day in 1922, near Broken Hill, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), a skull was found. When it came to the attention of the British Museum, the curators were pleased. It was, in fact, a Neanderthal skull, and Neanderthal bones did not exactly come ten-a-penny. But the Broken Hill skull was special for other reasons. On the left side […]

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A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Venezuela

A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Venezuela

Via Yahoo A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Venezuela – the first ever to have been found in the South American country. Laquintasaura venezuelae was a dog-sized ‘bird-hipped’ dinosaur that lived shortly after the major extinction at the end of the Triassic Period, 201 million years ago. Identified by scientists at the Natural History Museum in London and the University of Zürich, bones […]

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Non-Human DNA Found in Hip Bone of Otzi the Iceman

Non-Human DNA Found in Hip Bone of Otzi the Iceman

Via Yahoo Much of what is known about Otzi the Iceman, who lived thousands of years ago, stems from a tiny bone sample preserved in a glacier in the Otztal Alps, which allowed researchers to decode his genetic makeup. Now, scientists have further analysed the hip bone and discovered it contains non-human DNA. Researchers from the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) and […]

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First ever reptile skull mapped

First ever reptile skull mapped

Via Daily Mail Unusual fossils unearthed in coal deposits of the Czech Republic have been combined to create a map of the first ever reptile skull. The reconstruction pieced together previously unrecognised skeletons from the Nýřany Basin to create the skull features of the Late Carboniferous Gephyrostegus bohemicus. This was a small animal of generally lizard-like build that lived 308 million […]

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Four-winged dinosaur is ‘biggest ever’

Four-winged dinosaur is ‘biggest ever’

Via BBC A new four-winged dinosaur has been discovered, with exceptionally long feathers on its tail and “hindwings”. Changyuraptor yangi was a gliding predator which lived in the Cretaceous period in what is now Liaoning, China. Its remarkable tail feathers – measuring up to 30cm – are the longest in any non-avian dinosaur.  This unusual plumage helped the creature to […]

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‘Enigma Man’ may be new human species that lived until 11,000 years ago

‘Enigma Man’ may be new human species that lived until 11,000 years ago

Via Smh.com.au Has an Australian scientist been instrumental in helping discover a new species of human? And what does this mean for our understanding of human evolutionary history? These are two questions at the heart of a new documentary screening this week on ABC1. With Enigma Man we follow the groundbreaking research of Aussie paleoanthropologist Darren Curnoe and his Chinese colleague, paleontologist Ji […]

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Fossilised crocodile tooth ‘largest of its kind in UK’

Fossilised crocodile tooth ‘largest of its kind in UK’

Via BBC News The fossilised tooth of a prehistoric crocodile has been recorded as the largest of its kind found in the UK. The 2in (5.5cm) tooth was dredged from the seabed near Chesil Beach, Dorset. It belonged to an ancient relative of modern crocodiles, known asDakosaurus maximus…….

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Baby mammoth goes on display in UK

Baby mammoth goes on display in UK

Via BBC News A perfectly preserved baby mammoth which died 42,000 years ago has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London. Named Lyuba by the Siberian deer herder who discovered her in 2007, the specimen is 130cm tall and weighs 50kg. Palaeontologist Prof Adrian Lister described seeing her for the first time as an “incredible experience”. Transported in […]

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