Tag Archives: Homo sapiens

Régime « paléo » : lubie moderne ou vraie bonne idée ?

Christophe Lavelle, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) Le régime « paléo » (pour paléolithique, période de la préhistoire courant de 3 millions à 12 000 ans avant notre ère) est aujourd’hui l’objet d’un regain de popularité, alimenté par ses nombreuses vertus (supposées ?) sur la santé. Mais rien n’est jamais simple en matière d’alimentation… La science nous invite d’un côté à nous émerveiller …

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Homo who? A new mystery human species has been discovered in Israel

Homo Yossi Zaidner Michelle Langley, Griffith University An international group of archaeologists have discovered a missing piece in the story of human evolution. Excavations at the Israeli site of Nesher Ramla have recovered a skull that may represent a late-surviving example of a distinct Homo population, which lived in and around modern-day Israel from about 420,000 to 120,000 years ago. …

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Dirty secrets: sediment DNA reveals a 300,000-year timeline of ancient and modern humans living in Siberia

Collection of sediment DNA samples in the Main Chamber of Denisova Cave. Bert Roberts, Author provided Elena Zavala, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; Matthias Meyer, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts, University of Wollongong, and Zenobia Jacobs, University of Wollongong In the foothills of the Altai Mountains in southern Siberia lies Denisova Cave. It is the …

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A new understanding of how the human brain controls our hands – new research

Shutterstock/PopTika Stephanie Rossit, University of East Anglia Understanding how the brain controls certain actions – such picking up a knife in the correct way – is important for many reasons. One of these is working towards the development of brain-computer interfaces that may help people with artificial limbs control them, using their minds. Yet how the human brain controls our …

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How we discovered the oldest human burial in Africa – and what it tells us about our ancestors

Virtual ideal reconstruction of Mtoto’s position in the burial pit. Jorge González/Elena Santos Simon Armitage, Royal Holloway How did human uniqueness first evolve among our ancestors, setting us apart from other animals? That is a question many archaeologists are grappling with by investigating early records of art, language, food preparation, ornaments and symbols. How our ancestors treated and mourned the …

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Prehistoric desert footprints are earliest evidence for Homo sapiens on Arabian Peninsula

© Paul Breeze, Author provided

© Paul Breeze, Author provided Richard Clark-Wilson, Royal Holloway Humanity originated on the African continent at least 300,000 years ago. We know from fossil evidence in southern Greece and the Levant (modern-day Israel) that some early members of our species expanded beyond Africa around 200,000 years ago, and again between 120,000 to 90,000 years ago. They likely travelled through the …

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Fossil jawbone from Israel is the oldest modern human found outside Africa

Fossilized teeth from a modern human who lived in Israel close to 200,000 years ago. Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University, CC BY-ND

Fossilized teeth from a modern human who lived in Israel close to 200,000 years ago. Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University, CC BY-ND Rolf Quam, Binghamton University, State University of New York New fossil finds over the past few years have been forcing anthropologists to reexamine our evolutionary path to becoming human. Now the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside …

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Our fossil finger discovery points to earlier human migration in Arabia

: Ian Cartwright/Michael Petraglia/Palaeodeserts Project

: Ian Cartwright/Michael Petraglia/Palaeodeserts Project Huw Groucutt, University of Oxford The Arabian Peninsula is a vast landmass at the crossroads of Africa and Eurasia. Yet until the last decade almost nothing was known about early humans in the area. In the last few years the team I work with have made many remarkable discoveries in Saudi Arabia, but one thing …

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