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Human Evolution

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In the News: Video – Pyroengineering

Pyroengineering. A big word for what early modern humans learned to do with silcrete at least 72,000 years ago, according to researchers.

Aug 20th, 2009 | 2 comments

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In the News: A Fossil Called “Ida”

The media has jumped all over this beautifully preserved 47-million-year-old fossil, with some even calling it a “missing link.” What do you think?

May 27th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video: Humaniqueness

Harvard's Marc Hauser has coined his own term for what we’ve been calling the Human Spark – humaniqueness.

May 22nd, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video: Ancient Dental Cleaning

Amanda Henry showed us how she very gently scrapes dental plaque from the Skhul 5 skull’s molars to find out what our ancestors may have eaten.

May 20th, 2009 | 5 comments

Spark Blog: Larry Engel: Running Better in “Non-sneakers”

Harvard's Dan Lieberman argues that we humans evolved to become the best long-distance runners on earth -- and we did it barefoot!

May 6th, 2009 | 3 comments

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In the News: Evolution and Color Vision

The colors a species can perceive is dictated by the types and number of visual pigments found in the retina. How might our color vision system have evolved?

Apr 13th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video – Dr. Steven Pinker: Language Makes Us Human

Language is central to Steven Pinker's conception of what makes us human.

Apr 9th, 2009 | 4 comments

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In the News: Primate Planning

A chimp named Santino at a Swedish zoo seems to be forcing a more nuanced picture of what types of anticipation and planning our closest relatives are capable of.

Apr 7th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Rewriting the History of the Modern Human Mind

Just ten years ago, the prevailing view was that the modern human mind suddenly gelled in Europe some 35,000 years ago. Alison Brooks and her colleague Sally McBrearty have challenged that notion.

Mar 17th, 2009 | 3 comments

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In the News: Ancient Footprints

Anthropologists recently announced they’ve discovered the first example of footprints from the early human species Homo erectus.

Mar 5th, 2009 | Comments Off
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