Ancient DNA Recovered from Caves
May 3, 2017
New techniques are allowing scientists to extract ancient DNA from cave soil. But is it really as old as claimed?
Fossils Destroy Human Evolution Story Again
February 16, 2017
The old picture of human evolution is in tatters again.
Piltdown Forger Fingered
August 10, 2016
One man committed the greatest hoax in the history of anthropology, but others are not so easily exonerated for believing it.
More Upsets in Human Origins Stories
July 28, 2016
When it comes to a consensus on how humans evolved, there's no "there" there.
Why Was Farming Delayed?
June 10, 2016
If intelligent humans were around for hundreds of thousands of years, why didn't any of them think about farming sooner?
Ancient Tissue Revolutionizing Historical Science
August 12, 2015
The ability to observe and reconstruct ancient DNA, proteins and tissues is bringing surprises to evolutionists.
Neanderthal Genes: Evolutionists Surprised at How Wrong They Were
June 24, 2015
A substantial amount of Neanderthal genes in a modern human skeleton is not what they had predicted.
Stone Tools Still Have Animal Residue
March 25, 2015
Claimed to be half a million years old, stone tools found in Israel still contain traces of animal fat and vegetable matter.
Evolutionary Anthropology as Religion
February 5, 2015
There's something magical about believing in evolutionary anthropology: a sense of numinous awe at how much they don't know but believe might be possible.
More Human-Evolution Contortions
January 30, 2015
Contrary data can be made to fit a theory if you know some good wrestling moves.
How the Scientist Got His Just-So Story
September 23, 2014
A case of scientific racism? An anthropologist studied living Kalahari Bushmen for clues to the evolution of cognition.
Good-bye Heidelberg Man: You Never Existed
July 11, 2014
Is "Heidelberg Man" a non-person? Some anthropologists are now claiming that so-called Homo heidelbergensis is nothing more than "a paleoanthropologists' construct."
Misleading Data: Scientists Fooled by Their Own Assumptions
April 29, 2014
Whatever the datum you think speaks verbatim, it ain't necessarily so.
Anthropologists Abuse Students on the Job
April 13, 2013
A shocking percentage of male anthropologists sexually abuse their female students, a new report says.
Paleoanthropologist Exposes Shoddiness of "Early Man" Research
February 6, 2013
Many paleoanthropologists are bent on self-promotion, and the field lacks ability to regulate itself, a veteran researcher complains.
What's Up with Alley Oop?
January 3, 2013
Here are some recent stories about human evolution. Some might deserve to be in the comics.
The Blind Men and the Ape Man
October 25, 2011
“We have all seen the canonical parade of apes, each one becoming more human. We know that, as a depiction of evolution, this line-up is tosh. Yet we cling to it. Ideas of what human evolution ought to have been like still colour our debates.” So said Henry Gee, editor of Nature. Are other icons coloring scientists’ views of human origins? How close are they to describing scientifically where we come from?
Of Minds and Men
October 3, 2011
It takes a mind to know one. Can cognizant, sentient minds evolve from slime? Most of the secular science press takes it for granted. Here’s a journey into storybook land, where imaginative reporters see visions of slime climbing out of the mud to look back at an unobservable history of matter becoming mind.
Avoid Confusion: Disbelieve Paleoanthropologists
June 28, 2011
If you care about the true history of the human race, don’t believe paleoanthropologists. They are clueless and confused. Every solution they come up with creates new problems, and their boastful announcements are likely to be overturned. That’s the gist of a commentary in PNAS by Bernard Wood, who wrote, “The origin of our own genus remains frustratingly unclear.” He ought to know; he’s an eminent paleoanthropologist himself.