The arms of Tyrannosaurus rex have the become the stuff of legend. The butt of a million internet jokes about having short, useless arms the memes have become so prevalent that people are as likely to let out a laugh rather than a quiver of fear when they see one. New research presented at the… Read More Maybe T. rex’s Arms Wern’t So Useless After All?
A matter of some controversy this week. You may have seen in the news lately that an ancient viking burial with all the trappings of an experienced warrior was shown to be that of a female. I first became aware of this story about a week ago when scientists in my Twitter feed started highlighting… Read More The Female Viking Warrior Controversy
Few fields of human endeavour are moving quite as quickly as that of anthropology and human evolution. On an almost weekly basis there are new papers being published that, instead of adding to or slightly finessing existing current models, require us to significantly rewrite what we thought we knew. I could easily dedicate this entire… Read More New Pan-African Model For Human Origins Proposed
About 7 million years ago in the region of the Rift Valley in eastern Africa there is an ape. It is small, compared to us; maybe just a metre tall but it is hard to tell as it sits in the lower branches of a tree. It’s cautious, looking intently around the base of the… Read More Claim Of European Origin For Human Evolution Is All Teeth And No Bite
I do love a good scientific controversy. I don’t mean the false kind of controversy peddled by climate change deniers and creationists, I’m talking about genuine arguments going on between real scientists at the cutting edge of human knowledge. Science is frequently portrayed as a close minded, dogmatic exercise in back slapping and reaffirming of… Read More ‘Hobbit’ Humans Much Older Than Previously Thought
About 250 million years ago there occurred the single greatest extinction event the earth has ever witnessed. Some 96% of marine species and over two thirds of terrestrial species were wiped out. Think about what that must have been like for a moment. This extinction event delineates the boundary between the Permian and the Triassic… Read More New Date For Evolution of Dinosaurs
A new and very large set of standing stones has been discovered just a few kilometres from the world famous site of Stonehenge. Dubbed Superhenge, the new site is on a scale not previously seen in neolithic Britain. It was found at the Durrington Walls site which was already known as a very large henge… Read More Monumental Monoliths