Culture, mathematical models, and Neandertal extinction

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Humans evolved by sharing technology and culture

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The Great Human Race: How to survive

The Great Human Race is a new production of National Geographic, in three parts. I recently viewed the first episode, “Dawn” which comes with this description: All people can trace thei…

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New Research Characterizes Mountain Gorilla “Friendships”

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“I get by with a little help from my friends.”

The more we look, the more we find. This is especially true when it comes to the social dynamics of animals. Scientists continue to document the complex nature of social relationships, particularly in birds and mammals. It seems we are constantly saying, “I didn’t animals did that!”

While there is great value in understanding the sociality of all animals, we have an extra interest in understanding the relationships of our closest relatives because they can help us understand how our own social relationships evolved. By exploring the nature and value of social relationships in apes and other primates, we are better able to understand the evolutionary context of our sociality.

Grooming_monkeys_PLW_edit Social grooming in olive baboons. (Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

A new paper in the journal Ethology describes the results of a nine-year-long study of the social relationships of mountain gorillas at…

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Quick summary about Homo naledi

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A major announcement happened today: the publication of Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo found in the Dinaledi Chamber, in the Rising Star cave, South Africa.

‘Naledi’ is an African name that originates from the Sesotho tribe in southern Africa. It means ‘star’.

Homo naledi. Photo: Lee R. Berger Homo naledi. Photo: Lee R. Berger

About the hominid

  • 1,550 fossils from at least 15 individuals. Full range of ages, from birth to old age.
  • They are the most complete assemblage of fossils from a candidate of human ancestor. All part of the bodies are represented in the assemblage. The comprehensive sample of Homo naledi bones is richer than in any other early humans species such as Homo rudolfensis, Homo habilis and Homo erectus.
  • Average height 1.5 m, weight 45 kg.
  • Skull: Primitive, similar to Homo habilis. Between 466 and 560 cc, in comparison to H. habilis 510 to 700 cc, H. erectus 550 to 1100 cc…

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Journey Through the New Cradle of Civilization | DiscoverMagazine.com

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Prehistoric Massacre Hints at War Among Hunter-Gatherers

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