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Top news from December 2018

A new human ancestor revealed in South Africa?

After 20 years of painstaking excavation and cleaning, South African researchers released the first details of the most complete skeleton of an ancient hominin ever found.  Called “Little Foot” because of her small feet, she was a four-foot older Australopithecus female with a brain one-third our size who was buried in 3.7 million year old South African rock. Is she a new species? The jury is still out.

Read more here

“Top 6 Human Evolution Discoveries of 2018”

Researchers at the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program describe the top six discoveries of 2018, all from the last 500,000 years of human evolution, that give us more insight into what it means to be human.

Read the article by Ella Beaudoin and Briana Pobiner on the SciCom PLOS blog (2018)

“The discovery of fire”

Archaeologist JAJ Gowlett offers a general outline for the development of fire use.

By K. Kris Hirst at thoughtco.com (2017)

Artists who bring ancient humans back to life

John Gurche
Elisabeth Daynes
Kennis brothers
Victor Deak

Fascinating videos

New discoveries about our closest ancestors

“Who mastered fire?”

Which hominids first started cooking?  Who really mastered fire, in the sense of being able to create it, control it, and cook with it regularly? Was it Homo erectus, Neanderthals, or modern humans?
By L.V. Anderson in Slate (2012). 

EH People Shea John

We're a restless, curious, adventurous species and there were probably tens of thousands of years worth of burnt fingertips before humans figured out how to make fire do something useful.

John Shea

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paleoanthropologist at Stony Brook University, New York

“Who mastered fire?”

Which hominids first started cooking?  Who really mastered fire, in the sense of being able to create it, control it, and cook with it regularly? Was it Homo erectus, Neanderthals, or modern humans?
By L.V. Anderson in Slate (2012). 

New books

Who we are and how we got here by David Reich