Archive for the ‘Paleontology’ Category

Scientists excited about US mammoth discovery

Friday, June 8th, 2012

An unusual discovery of mammoth bones on a rural Oskaloosa farm has experts studying prehistoric life excited about scientific discoveries that may lie with the massive beast.

Three-toed horses reveal the secret of the Tibetan Plateau uplift

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Dr. Tao Deng from Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team report a well-preserved skeleton of a 4.6 million-year-old three-toed horse (Hipparion zandaense) from the Zanda Basin, southwestern Tibet. Morphological features indicate that the Zanda horse was a cursorial horse that lived in alpine steppe habitats.

Professors sue to stop ancient bones transfer

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Two skeletons that rested undisturbed on a San Diego cliff top for nearly 10,000 years are at the center of a modern court battle.

Bones of early American disappear from underwater cave

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

One of the first humans to inhabit the Americas has been stolen – and archaeologists want it back.

Meat Eating Behind Evolutionary Success of Humankind, Global Population Spread, Study Suggests

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Carnivory is behind the evolutionary success of humankind. When early humans started to eat meat and eventually hunt, their new, higher-quality diet meant that women could wean their children earlier. Women could then give birth to more children during their reproductive life, which is a possible contribution to the population gradually spreading over the world.

Human Ancestor ‘Family’ May Not Have Been Related

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A famous trail of footprints once thought to have been left behind by a family of three human ancestors may have actually been made by four individuals traveling at different times.

Scientists confirm early humans were from Africa but their route out was via Arabia not Egypt

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Our human ancestors did come from Africa but left the continent to spread across the world via a different route than first thought, scientists have revealed.
A six-year study mapping genetic patterns found that people who ended up in Europe, Asia and Oceania got there by crossing the sea to Arabia around 70,000 years ago.

Short legged Neanderthals; mystery solved?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

While most studies have concluded that a cold climate led to the short lower legs typical of Neanderthals, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that lower leg lengths shorter than the typical modern humans let them move more efficiently over the mountainous terrain where they lived. The findings reveal a broader trend relating shorter lower leg length to mountainous environments that may help explain the limb proportions of many different animals.

Texas A&M professor helping to unravel causes of Ice Age extinctions

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Did climate change or humans cause the extinctions of the large-bodied Ice Age mammals (commonly called megafauna) such as the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth?

Mammoth Bones Found in Northern Mexico

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Paleontologists found mammoth bones and a Clovis point, made by the oldest culture in the Americas and dating back at least 11,500 years, in northern Mexico, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

The brains of Neanderthals and modern humans developed differently

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany have documented species differences in the pattern of brain development after birth that are likely to contribute to cognitive differences between modern humans and Neanderthals.

Big finger gives away naughty Neanderthals

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Neanderthals may have been underdeveloped mentally compared to modern humans, but in one respect they outperformed us: in the number of sex partners.

Three mastodons, one mammoth, found so far at Snowmass site

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Dr. Steven Holen, curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, has determined that five tusks found last Thursday in the Ziegler Reservoir are from mastodons.

“Stocky Dragon” Dinosaur Terrorized Late Cretaceous Europe

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Paleontologists have discovered that a close relative of Velociraptor hunted the dwarfed inhabitants of Late Cretaceous Europe, an island landscape largely isolated from nearby continents.

Mass Extinctions Change the Rules of Evolution

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

A reinterpretation of the fossil record suggests a new answer to one of evolution’s existential questions: whether global mass extinctions are just short-term diversions in life’s preordained course, or send life careening down wholly new paths.

Human Meat Just Another Meal for Early Europeans?

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

For some European cavemen, human meat wasn’t a ritual delicacy or a food of last resort but an everyday meal, according to a new study of fossil bones found in Spain.

Archaeological Study Shows Human Activity May Have Boosted Shellfish Size

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

In a counter-intuitive finding, new research from North Carolina State University shows that a species of shellfish widely consumed in the Pacific over the past 3,000 years has actually increased in size, despite – and possibly because of – increased human activity in the area.

Prehistoric ‘Iceman’ gets ceremonial twist

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

A prehistoric man whose naturally mummified body was discovered frozen in the Italian Alps may have been toted up the mountain by his comrades, a new study suggests.

‘Mitochondrial Eve’: Mother of All Humans Lived 200,000 Years Ago

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The most robust statistical examination to date of our species’ genetic links to “mitochondrial Eve” — the maternal ancestor of all living humans — confirms that she lived about 200,000 years ago.

Archaeologists unearth 67,000-year-old human bone in Philippines

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Archaeologists in the Philippines have unearthed a 67,000-year-old human bone in a discovery they claim proves the area was settled by man 20,000 years earlier than previously thought.