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Questionable Categories of Human Ancestors: The Denisovans

What happens when you derive a whole people group from a fingerbone? Confusion and every evil work.

Bad Lip Reading with Fossils

Nobody hears fossils, but that doesn't excuse bad lip reading about what they were trying to say when they died.

More Upsets in Human Evolution

If you like scientific truths that become untrue every year or month, join the paleoanthropology guild.

Human Brain Size Varies Twofold

We're all human, but some of us have brains twice the size of others. And areas inside the brain can vary, too. What does this mean?

Brain of Homo Naledi Estimated

The intriguing hominid fossils from a South African cave make news again. This time, the discoverer and a team of anthropologists learn more about the brains of these creatures. Were they people? In 2013, the world was shocked to hear of bones of Homo deep within the Rising Star Cave system in South Africa. Bones […]

Misreading Evidence for Early Man

Paleoanthropology has a long history of misinterpreting evidence and committing spectacular blunders. Are we seeing more examples right now?

Setback to Out-of-Africa Theory of Human Origins

A new modern human skeleton found in Israel is dated much earlier than a long-accepted theory can bear.

Animals Don’t Respect Darwin

Living things owe no obligation to Darwin. They will break his laws with reckless abandon.

Homo naledi Is Young

The media are abuzz with disappointment that this cache of bones in South Africa is too young to be a missing link. Homo naledi is one of the most astonishing “hominin” fossil finds in recent years, on par with the “hobbits” (Homo floresiensis) of Indonesia. Debates have gone wild since Lee Berger announced hundreds of […]

Ancient DNA Recovered from Caves

New techniques are allowing scientists to extract ancient DNA from cave soil. But is it really as old as claimed?

So Much for Stone Tools

There goes the flaked stone tool as a measure of hominin intelligence, now that monkeys can unintentionally make them, too.

Protein Residue Found on Hominin Stone Tools

Would you expect pieces of meat to survive on flakes of rock in the desert for 250,000 years?

Naive Evolution Stories Undermine Scientific Rigor

"Epistemic modesty" was a virtue until Darwin came along and launched a storytelling empire.

Neanderthals Underestimated Again

Neanderthals show mental creativity for too long a period to support the evolutionary timeline.

Face Up: We Are Less than Neanderthals

The facial differences between us and Neanderthals amount to a slight matter of bone resorption during development.
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