Questionable Categories of Human Ancestors: The Denisovans
April 8, 2019
What happens when you derive a whole people group from a fingerbone? Confusion and every evil work.
Bad Lip Reading with Fossils
December 21, 2018
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
November 24, 2018
If you like scientific truths that become untrue every year or month, join the paleoanthropology guild.
Human Brain Size Varies Twofold
June 23, 2018
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
May 16, 2018
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
April 27, 2018
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
January 27, 2018
A new modern human skeleton found in Israel is dated much earlier than a long-accepted theory can bear.
Animals Don’t Respect Darwin
January 8, 2018
Living things owe no obligation to Darwin. They will break his laws with reckless abandon.
Homo naledi Is Young
May 10, 2017
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
May 3, 2017
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
October 20, 2016
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
August 17, 2016
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
June 13, 2016
"Epistemic modesty" was a virtue until Darwin came along and launched a storytelling empire.
Neanderthals Underestimated Again
May 27, 2016
Neanderthals show mental creativity for too long a period to support the evolutionary timeline.
Face Up: We Are Less than Neanderthals
December 11, 2015
The facial differences between us and Neanderthals amount to a slight matter of bone resorption during development.