Lee Berger’s New Hominid Is a Non-Starter
October 18, 2019
How many times can you shake up a family tree before the family concept becomes a myth?
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 […]
New Book Critiques Fossil Human Ancestors
January 4, 2018
The new book Contested Bones addresses the question; “Did apes evolve into man?” This book provides a comprehensive, insightful, and up-to-date analysis of the bones that have been called “ape-man” or “hominin” fossils.
Everything Scientists Assumed About Human Evolution Needs a Major Rethink
September 21, 2017
In short, the paleoanthropology field is a confusing mess.
Stop the Presses! Human Evolution Falsified!
June 8, 2017
Human bones found in Morocco undermine almost everything that has been taught about human evolution since Darwin. But is that news? Happens every year, doesn't it?
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 […]
Are Hobbits Human?
April 25, 2017
Are the little people of Indonesia and South Africa just small versions of us? Wherever they came from, and whatever they were doing in the caves in which they were found, they don't fit evolutionary expectations.
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 Early Man Troubles (Again)
July 2, 2016
Bones have a way of whacking the stories made up about them.
Separating Old Bones from Living Storytellers
January 5, 2016
What happens when discrete bones are forced into a continuous narrative where they don't fit? Answer: storytelling.
Evaluating Homo naledi
September 19, 2015
Lee Berger's remarkable cache of hominid bones found deep in a South African cave is generating a lot of news, but major questions remain.