Fossil History

How do we know what we know about humans’ evolutionary past?

Paige Madison is a PhD candidate studying the History and Philosophy of Science at Arizona State University. She is interested in the history of paleoanthropology, specifically how fossils are used as scientific pieces of evidence. Her research is currently focused on Neanderthals, Australopithecines, and Homo floresiensis.

In addition to her dissertation research, Paige is interested in science communication and social media as a tool for such communication. She blogs about fossils and history in order to communicate and celebrate her genuine enthusiasm for fossils. She can also be found on social media sharing new discoveries, celebrating important moments in history, and just generally being excited.

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Chasing Hobbits: A Year in Indonesia

I remember when I first learned about the crazy, contentious new species of human relative Homo floresiensis. I was a little late—when the little “hobbit” was announced in 2004 I was only in high school, just barely beginning to understand the discipline of...