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...

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A Day at Liang Bua

In 2004, the discovery of a tiny hominin catapulted the limestone cave of Liang Bua into the scientific spotlight. Few people realize, however, that Liang Bua's scientific history extends both long before the hobbit's discovery and continues unfolding to the present...

Following Father Verhoeven to Flores

The story of an unexpected hobbit discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores is fairly well known (--and if you don't know it, check out this piece by Ewen Callaway, or my post on the discovery). A team of interdisciplinary scientists led by archaeologist Mike...

Learning About the Hobbits of Flores

“Oh, this is absolutely bizarre,” scientist Bert Roberts exclaimed, referring to the fossil species Homo floresiensis. Bizarre is a word that sums up the floresiensis creatures (known as the hobbits) quite nicely. These primitive hominins--with their small brains,...

A Favorite Sunday Ritual

When I began considering applying to graduate school, my mother told me I should read The New York Times to help build my vocabulary. So while studying for the graduate entrance exams, I started picking up the Sunday Times from a newsstand next to the burger joint I...