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350,000-Year-Old Skull Looks Shockingly Like Modern Human
July 11, 2018
It's too old, but too modern: a skull unearthed in Ethiopia in 2017 has evolutionary paleontologists rewriting textbooks – again.
German Early-Man Site Shocks Archaeologists with Improbable Dates
June 7, 2014
Researcher says, "It just goes to show that the easiest way to be wrong in paleoanthropology is to underestimate our ancestors' abilities."
Downfall of Homo antecessor, Ancestor in Name Only
February 10, 2014
Details make the story of Homo antecessor an improbable tale of human evolution.
Neanderthal-Heidelberg Distinction Blurs
June 14, 2012
"Heidelberg Man" has been a modern name imposed on certain fossil humans that have been unable to speak for themselves. Now, their bones appear to overlap with Neanderthals. But don't modern humans have Neanderthal DNA? Do the distinctions make any sense?
Human Variability Can Be Rapid
December 19, 2011
All living humans are interfertile – one species by definition. People from all parts of the globe can marry and have children, even though global travel is relatively recent in human history. Yet we know there is considerable variability between tribes and nationalities. Does this variability take millions of years? Does it lead to the origin of new human species? Recent evidence shows that variations can be rapid, both genetic and acquired, without reducing interfertility.