Conditions the World Cannot Conceive: Studying Taung in 1920s South Africa

The Taung Child—one of the most iconic fossils in paleoanthropology’s history—was initially rejected by the scientific community. Despite claims from the little skull’s discoverer that it was an important “missing link,” the fossil was dismissed....

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Best Paleoanthropology of 2018 So Far

It's hard to believe it's already August. The year has sped by at an unprecedented rate, so much so that I missed the halfway point of the year (by a couple of months--oops). But, I've decided I need to do a roundup of my favorite finds this year anyway, there's too...

Nightfall in the Hobbit Cave

“This is what Homo floresiensis must have felt like,” a paleoanthropologist mused through the darkness. It is almost 8pm on a Thursday and I am sitting on the floor of the cave known as Liang Bua. Other researchers stand only a meter from me, but I cannot see them, my...